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History, Studio Art

Art History

You can begin this program at an
off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

Study the history of art through courses in Canadian art, Aboriginal art history, European architecture, Renaissance works, 19th Century visual culture and photographic history. Take advantage of our unique study abroad opportunities and sign up for international art courses in Europe or Japan.


Program Options

Bachelor of Arts - Art History

  • B.A. Four-year
  • B.A. Three-year
  • B.A. Honours
  • Double Honours

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What is Art History?

This discipline examines histories of the visual arts which include photography, sculpture, painting, button blankets, architecture, video, performances, installation, film, and digital imaging, among other media. Our department has developed programs that respond to the needs of a diverse student body interested in a wide range of employment opportunities. Our helpful and accomplished faculty have a sincere interest in helping students develop their skills and prepare them for rewarding careers in both traditional and modern fields of art and art history.

Art History offers courses in the history, theory and practice of visual culture in Canada and elsewhere, with a focus on Aboriginal art. In a contemporary world saturated with visual images, it is increasingly important to be visually literate and to understand how visual images affect our daily lives.

Art History: Is it for you?

  • The University of Saskatchewan was the first university in Western Canada with a Fine Arts degree program.
  • The Department of Art & Art History offers an active Visiting Artist Program where nationally and internationally renowned artists and lecturers conduct artist talks, seminars, workshops and studio visits.
  • Faculty and staff offer distinguished research, dynamic art, experimental teaching methods and community involvement.
  • Students in the program have the opportunity to work in a studio environment as well as study and research a variety of subjects ranging from traditional works to contemporary video and performance art.

Sample Classes

  • ARTH 260: History and Theory of European Architecture 1400 to 1700
    An introduction to the architecture of the European states and their colonies 1400 to 1700. The institutional, geographic and social locations of architectural production will be studied. Issues of power, nationalism, and class will be examined.
  • ARTH 309: Art of Late Renaissance 1550 to 1600
    Artistic trends in the second half of the 16th century will be considered in the context of the Council of Trent; special emphasis will be placed upon Late Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, and the painters of the Medicean Studiolo.
  • ARTH 418: Studies in Contemporary Art
    A survey of contemporary international art which includes film, video, performance, as well as more traditional media.

Career Opportunities

  • Professional Artist
  • Museum/Gallery Curator or Director
  • Computer Animation and Video Game Designer
  • Cartoonist
  • Art Therapist
  • Art Educator
  • Arts Writer/Critic
  • Art/Cultural Historian/Theorist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Commercial Artist (Advertising and Marketing)

Skill Sets Gained

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Communication skills: written and oral
  • Creativity
  • Critical and Analytical skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Organizational/Planning skills
  • Personal Management and Motivational skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Research skills and methods
  • Technical skills

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