Spanning centuries and crossing cultures, celebrating artistic traditions and revolutions, art history is a treasure trove for aspiring artists and scholars. Covering a wide array of topics and media, critical approaches and historical periods, the Art History major offers a flexible degree program for students who want to link extensive studies in art history with a significant and intensive studio practice.
First-year courses introduce students to key art historical concepts, monuments and cultural movements. Building on this fundamental knowledge, students engage in the advanced study of art objects, image-making techniques, artists, movements and performances.
As students progress through the program, courses allow for more sophisticated investigations into art history—examining the discourses and issues specific to the study of art historical periods, diverse cultural groups and disparate modes of artistic production. As seniors, Art History majors prepare a thesis that will allow them to pursue their own studies in close collaboration with Moore’s Art History faculty.
Students pursuing Art History investigate artistic theory, criticism and practice, while paying special attention to issues related to women in the visual arts. The four-year curriculum promotes the development of analytic skills and refinements to the practice of art criticism and writing. Art History students also gain proficiency in the studio area of their choice.
Electives in Art History rotate and vary each semester, keeping current with contemporary trends and the broad professional expertise of Moore’s distinguished faculty.
Elective topics often take advantage of exhibitions and cultural events sponsored by The Galleries at Moore and Philadelphia’s thriving community of museums and galleries, as well as those in nearby New York and Washington, DC.