Study Art History to learn about the worlds of visual and material culture, sculpture, photography, architecture, craft, new media, digital art, performance art, and more. 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. 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. 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.
As a student in Art History, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, some of which are listed below. Your transferrable skills can be applied to many different jobs and situations that go beyond your field of study.
Appreciation of aesthetics
Critically evaluate art
Ability to place art in its historical context
Desire to keep up with current trends in the field
Good grasp of historical events and current affairs
In-depth knowledge of art, artists and artistic periods
Understanding different artistic mediums
Communicate ideas clearly by listening carefully and responding effectively
Read critically and write persuasively
Explain complex concepts and ideas to others effectively
Write technical reports and essay
Explain complex concepts and theories to others
Interact with others and build professional relationships
Openness and flexibility
Manage tasks and meet deadlines
Work under pressure
Influence and persuade
Make decisions and use sound judgement
Give and receive feedback
Lead and follow
Conduct research, analyze and evaluate information to make a good judgement or conclusion
Understand complex problems and identify solutions
Potential work settings
Below are examples of work settings where you can gain experience and develop your skills in your field of study.
Adult education centers
Arts and crafts retailers
Colleges and universities
Government (Federal, Provincial and Municipal)
Local art agencies
Natural history museums
Performing arts centers
Provincial and local art councils
Public relations firms
Social and community centres
Universities and CEGEPs
Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree
Please note that many positions listed below may require related extra-curricular activities, volunteer or work experience.
Explore the types of jobs for each industry and find out about required skills, education level and salary ranges in Canada:
Occupation - Government of Canada Job Bank: Find out about job prospects, wages and skills for specific job titles. You can use the job titles listed in the Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree and Career Possibilities – Beyond the bachelor degree for your search.
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Networking and professional associations
Connect with professionals in the field and professional associations to find out what a day in your career of choice looks like. Professional associations websites also provide useful career descriptions and job hunting tips, and sometimes list job openings and potential employers. You can also attend one of our career workshops, career fairs or career panels to get a head start.