History of Art

The Department of the History of Art studies the history of art and architecture related to Europe, North America, and South and East Asia, and surveys all periods from the Bronze Age to the present. The program examines the transmission of ideas by means of visual images and architectural forms, conceived and expressed by individuals or by whole societies and civilizations.

Some courses range widely, both geographically and temporally, while others focus on special artistic forms, traditions, or an individual artist. Students throughout the humanities (history, philosophy, literature, languages, etc.) will find materials that parallel their major interests.

Students in architecture, geography or urban studies will have an interest in courses in the history of architecture.


Admission Information

  • Apply to the Humanities admission category on the St. George campus
  • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English are required
  • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


Honours Bachelor of Arts Program

  • History of Art (specialist, major and minor options)


First-Year Programs

  • FAH 101H1 - Monuments of Art History
  • FAH 102H1 - The Practice of Art History


Advice for First Year

  • FAH 102H1 is a requirement for history of Art programs. FAH 101H1 is an option. 
  • It is strongly recommended that students acquire a reading knowledge of French, German, Italian, or an Asian language by the end of the second year.



  • Our graduates have developed very successful careers as consultants, corporate and freelance curators, and dealers. 
  • Most curatorial positions and those in architectural preservation require at least an MA degree. For a career as a university professor in art history a PhD is required.


Direct Careers Include:
Archivist Fundraiser
Art critic Gallery director
Art librarian Historian
Conservator Teacher
Curator Research assistant
Exhibit designer Visual artist


Learn more about the Faculty of Arts & Science by reading our Viewbook


First Year