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Art History (BFA)

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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Program type
Major, Minor
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
3 to 4 years
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Why study Art History?

The major in Art History provides students with foundational knowledge about the history of art, while also introducing the most up-to-date ideas, theories and methodologies being used in the discipline today. Students take courses related to artistic periods and media, but have a great deal of flexibility in devising their path through the program. We typically offer over 50 undergraduate art history courses each year. Furthermore, our course offerings are continuously being changed and updated to include new approaches to studying art.

Beginning in their second year, students can register for upper-level seminars, which allow smaller groups of students to join a professor in exploring a special topic or research question. (Some recent special topics: Looted Art; Ethics and Contemporary Craft; Art and Ritual in Medieval Europe; Queering Modernism). As a complement to classroom activities, internships in museums or art galleries offer hands-on, experiential learning.

Program highlights

  • Explore both research and artistic practice
  • Focus on the artistic eras and movements that interest you most

Program structure

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

Program options

  • Major in Art History (66 credits)
    This program is designed to allow students to determine the nature of their art history interests and the most appropriate course of studies to be followed. There are two required courses in the program: ARTH 200, an introductory survey course and ARTH 300, which concerns the critical methodologies of art history. Students are required to take a certain number of credits from designated course groups and are then completely free to select the remaining 30 credits of art history.
  • Minor in Art History (30 credits)
    The department offers a Minor in Art History to students in programs in the Faculty of Fine Arts and to students in other faculties.


United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

This program is available for Fall admission only.

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

Application deadlines

Fall term


March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Winter term


Admission to this program is available for the Fall Term only.

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

After your degree

You’ll graduate with the knowledge and discipline to think critically about your work, and have the necessary leadership skills required for entrepreneurial endeavours. Your degree can lead to many paths such as:

  • Research or graduate studies
  • Museum or gallery curator
  • Archivist or librarian
  • Teacher
  • Critic, journalist or writer

Other programs of interest

Art History and Film Studies (BFA)

The Art History and Film Studies Major facilitates students' understanding of the critical intersections between art and film, both historically and today, and offers an opportunity to better understand the future of these media practices.



Art History and Studio Art (BFA)

The Major in Art History and Studio Art is the ideal choice for someone interested in both the study and practice of art. Perform academic research and learn to write formally about art as you focus on periods that interest you, from ancient Greece to contemporary art and architecture.



History (BA)

Investigate the mysteries of the past. Historians are detectives, picking up a loose thread in the social fabric and unraveling it to weave a new narrative through time



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