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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?

When you immerse yourself in the study of art, past and present, you enter into an engaging conversation about culture and creativity that started hundreds of years ago. You’ll join a lively — sometimes controversial — scholarly community, dedicated to the promotion and study of art.

In our flexible program within the Faculty of Fine Arts, you focus on artistic periods that interest you. You perform academic research, learning to write formally and extensively about art. Many Art History majors also volunteer as curators and coordinators for Art Matters, Canada’s largest student-run art festival or publish their research papers in the Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History (CUJAH).

You may combine Art History with Film Studies or Studio Arts programs, allowing you either to analyze art and film from an interdisciplinary perspective, or to develop your artistic talents in a practical environment.

Whether you become a scholar or an artist, art history teaches you a language for creative expression that is the perfect entrée to any creative enterprise.

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.


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.

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

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Art History and Film Studies (BFA)
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Art History and Film Studies (BFA)

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Art History and Studio Art (BFA)
  • Major
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.



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