Art History (HBA)

Professors Emeriti
L.E. Eleen, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
T. Martone, B.A., M.A., M.A., Ph.D.
B. Welsh, B.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.
Professors
Caskey, A.B., M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.
M Hupfield, B.A., M.F.A.
K. Jain, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
L. Kaplan, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
E. Levy, B.A., M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D.
J.P. Ricco, B.A., A.M., Ph.D.
A. Syme, B.A., A.M., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
C. Shaw, B.F.A., M.F.A., Ph.D.
Chair
Alison Syme
905-569-4646
Assistant to Chair
Kait Harper
905-569-4352
[email protected]
Director/Curator of Blackwood Gallery
Christine Shaw
Room 3134A, CCT Building
905-569-4650
Undergraduate Counsellor
Steph Sullivan
Room 3051, CCT Building
905-828-3899
[email protected]

Art History offers students an exciting forum for developing critical skills in interpreting visual imagery and understanding the significance of art in a variety of cultures and historical periods, including the contemporary moment. Courses span the history of art from the ancient to the contemporary worlds, and investigate art from Europe, North and South America, and Asia. The Art History programs (Specialist, Major, Minor) train students in foundational methods of interpretation as well as the newest approaches in the field.

Specialization in this program may lead to curatorial work in galleries, museums, or corporations; careers in illustration, advertising, web design, film, and graphic design; journalism; teaching at the high school or university level following graduate study; independent artistic activities; or simply to deeper engagement with, and enjoyment of, art.

Students registering in their first year in Art History are encouraged to contact the undergraduate counsellor during the registration period for guidance. CCIT students considering double-majoring in an art program should also meet the undergraduate counsellor to discuss their studies.

Certificate in Curatorial Studies for Art History and Art and Art History students
This certificate, taken in conjunction with a Major or Specialist degree in Art History or Art and Art History, will help prepare students for graduate work in Curatorial Studies or Museum Studies as well as work in the Arts and Culture sector.

Students must be in good standing in the Major or Specialist program in either Art History or Art and Art History, and have a minimum CGPA of 2.5.

2.5 credits are required: FAH289H5, FAH310H5, FAH451H5, VST410H5, and FAH498H5 or FAH479 or another course in which the study of curating is foregrounded (this course must be approved for certificate credit in advance; see Undergraduate Counsellor)

1.5 credits of these courses may be counted toward both the Certificate and the Art History or Art and Art History Major or Specialist.

Students should also review the Degree Requirements section
prior to selecting courses


For courses in this area see:
FAH Fine Art History (FAH)
ISP Study of University Pedagogy
VCC Visual Culture and Communication
VST Fine Art History (FAH)


Program WEB Page : http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/dvs

Specialist Program ERSPE0615
Art History (Arts)

10.0-10.5 credits are required distributed across 4 areas (see notes below). The following program structure is highly recommended:
First Year
  • FAH101H5 and VCC101H5
  • 1.0 credit in FAH at the 200 level
  • For students entering the program in 2021-2022 (and beyond): ISP100H5
Second Year
  • 2.0 credits in FAH at the 200 level
  • 0.5 credit in FAH or VCC at the 300 level
Third Year
  • 3.0 credits in FAH at the 300/ 400 level, of which at least 1.5 must be at the 300 level.
Fourth Year
  • 2.5 credits in FAH or VCC or VST at the 300/400 level, of which 1.0 must be at the 400 level.

Notes:
  1. Completion of the Art History Specialist Program must include: FAH101H5 and VCC101H5 and 3.0 credits of FAH at the 200 level and 4.0 credits of FAH or VCC or VST at the 300/400 level. For students entering the program in 2021-2022 (and beyond), ISP100H5 is also required.
  2. 2.0 credits from each of the following four areas are required: Ancient & Medieval; 15th-18th Centuries; 19th-21st Centuries; and Visual Culture & Theory. Some courses may satisfy more than one of the distribution requirements. See the departmental website (www.utm.utoronto.ca/dvs) for the distribution of courses by area.
  3. For the complete list of VCC courses that satisfy Art History program requirements, please see the departmental website (www.utm.utoronto.ca/dvs).
  4. No St. George courses may be substituted for the required 100 or 200 level courses (see Note 5 below for exceptions).
  5. No more than 4.0 credits in FAH may be taken at the 200 level. VCC 200 level courses do not satisfy FAH 200 level requirements. 0.5 credit of FAH at the 200 level may be taken at St. George in an area not covered by current UTM offerings (i.e. one of the following courses – FAH248H1 or FAH260H1 or FAH262H1 or FAH270H1 or FAH272H1).
  6. Courses in other programs which have a significant Art History or Visual Culture content, such as offerings in CCIT, Cinema Studies, Philosophy, Drama, English History, East Asian Studies, and Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, may be substituted for up to 1.0 credit of FAH or VCC credit. Permission of the Art History Program Director prior to enrolment is required. For possible courses options with appropriate course content, please consult the DVS Undergraduate Counsellor.
  7. No more than a total of 16.0 credits of FAH may be completed.
  8. Recommended Language Study: Students wishing to pursue graduate studies in Art History must acquire a basic reading knowledge of at least two languages. A minimum of 2.0 credits in one language, or 1.0 credit each in two languages (for a total of 2.0 credits) is recommended. German, French, and Italian are recommended.

Major Program ERMAJ0615
Art History (Arts)

7.0-7.5 credits are required distributed across 4 areas (see notes below). The following program structure is highly recommended:
First Year
  • FAH101H5 and VCC101H5
  • 0.5-1.0 credit in FAH at the 200 level
  • For students entering the program in 2021-2022 (and beyond): ISP100H5
Second Year
  • 2.0-2.5 credits in FAH at the 200 level
Third Year
  • 2.0 credits in FAH or VCC at the 300/ 400 level.
Fourth Year
  • 1.0 credits in FAH or VCC or VST at the 400 level.

Notes:
  1. Completion of the Art History Major Program must include: FAH101H5 and VCC101H5 plus 2.0 credits of FAH at the 200 level and 3.0 credits of FAH or VCC or VST at the 300/400 level, of which 0.5 credit must be at the 400 level. For students entering the program in 2021-2022 (and beyond) must also complete ISP100H5.
  2. A minimum of 1.0 credit from each of the following four areas are required: Ancient & Medieval; 15th-18th Centuries; 19th-21st Centuries; and Visual Culture & Theory. It is highly recommended that students take at least one 300/400 level course in at least three of the four areas. Some courses may satisfy more than one of the distribution requirements. See the departmental website (www.utm.utoronto.ca/dvs) for the distribution of courses by area.
  3. For the complete list of VCC courses that satisfy Art History program requirements, please see the departmental website (www.utm.utoronto.ca/dvs).
  4. No St. George courses may be substituted for the required 100 or 200 level courses (see Note 5 below for exceptions).
  5. VCC 200 level courses do not satisfy FAH 200 level requirements. 0.5 credit of FAH at the 200 level may be taken at St. George in an area not covered by current UTM offerings (i.e. one of the following courses – FAH248H1 or FAH260H1 or FAH262H1 or FAH270H1 or FAH272H1).
  6. Courses in other programs which have a significant Art History or Visual Culture content, such as offerings in CCIT, Cinema Studies, Philosophy, Drama, English History, East Asian Studies, and Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, may be substituted for up to 1.0 credit of FAH or VCC credit. Permission of the Art History Program Director prior to enrolment is required. For possible courses options with appropriate course content, please consult the DVS Undergraduate Counsellor.
  7. No more than a total of 10.0 credits of FAH may be completed.
  8. Recommended Language Study: Students wishing to pursue graduate studies in Art History must acquire a basic reading knowledge of at least two languages. A minimum of 2.0 credits in one language, or 1.0 credit each in two languages (for a total of 2.0 credits) is recommended. German, French, and Italian are recommended.

Minor Program ERMIN0615
Art History (Arts)

4.0 credits in FAH are required. The following is a list of requirements that must be fulfilled:
  1. FAH101H5
  2. 2.0 FAH credits at the 200 level, of which at least 0.5 credit must be in Ancient & Medieval, 0.5 credit must be in 15th-18th centuries, and 0.5 credit must be in 19th-21st centuries
  3. 1.5 credits in FAH/VCC/VST at the 300/400 level.


See the departmental website at www.utm.utoronto.ca/dvs for the distribution of courses by area. Please note that no St. George courses may be substituted for the required 100-level and 200-level courses. However, 0.5 credit at the 200-level in FAH may be taken at St. George in an area not covered by U of T Mississauga's offerings (i.e. one of the following courses: FAH248H1, FAH260H1, FAH262H1, FAH270H1, FAH272H1).
First Year
  • 1.0 credit: FAH101H5 and 0.5 credit in FAH at the 200 level
Higher Years
  • 1.5 credit in FAH at the 200 level
  • 1.5 credit in FAH/VCC/VST at the 300/400 level

Students without pre- and co-requisites or written permission of the instructor can be de-registered from courses at any time.