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In Art History, we study the realm of visual communication, from the canon of Western art to architecture, photography, popular culture, and the arts of non-Western societies. Our material ranges from the prehistoric period to the present day. We aim to instill in our students not only a historical framework for understanding imagery, but also a methodological awareness of the multiple possibilities for interpreting art and other visual phenomena.

The History and Theory of Architecture program explores the history, meaning and social significance of the built environment, and how it both reflects and shapes human circumstances, needs and aspirations. We also study the theoretical foundations of architectural movements ranging from Antiquity to the present day. In addition to extensive courses in Art History, courses are offered through other departments and faculties. An Honours and General program are offered. More about the HTA program.

All units in the School for Studies in Art and Culture (SSAC) have graduate programs at the Masters level  (for more information about the Art History MA please click here). As well, most full-time faculty members in the SSAC can supervise PhD dissertations through the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture (ICSLAC). Please visit the ICSLAC site for further information.

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Happy New (academic) Year!

Now, remind me why we’re here again… Part 1 It’s a new academic year, and as sure as Mike’s Place serves beer, someone in the press will be moaning about the allegedly lamentable state of universities, and of the ‘useless’ BA in particular. Needless to say, I consider such rants to be... More

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 in HTA Super Blog Feed for all posts filed under HTA Super Blog

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Manon’s Blog: The 10 Things You Learn When You Curate Conversations

The 10 Things You Learn When You Curate Conversations Manon Gaudet             I am pleased to announce that our time at Lornado is not yet coming to a close. The Contemporary Conversations exhibition is going to continue into the fall, with visits from artists Stephen Wilkes and Eric... More

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Manon’s Blog: A Relevant Reminder

A Relevant Reminder: Contemporary Conversations and Social Consciousness Manon Gaudet “So while our art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy, greed, old age, or death, it can revitalize us amidst it all.”—Ray Bradbury, “Preface,” Zen in the Art of Writing:... More

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Manon’s Blog: Talking about Race at the Residence

Talking about Race at the Residence Manon Gaudet             The first time Cayllan and I discussed the three salons we would be hosting over the next few months, we agreed that race was a prominent theme in the exhibition. Race is a delicate subject in any context; talking about race at... More

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Manon’s Blog: Cultural Diplomacy at Carleton

Cultural Diplomacy at Carleton Manon Gaudet “[Art] is a universal language in our search for common ground, an expression of shared humanity.”—Hillary Clinton, “The Diplomacy of Art,” Vanity Fair, February 2013. Approaching Lornado, the residence of the American Ambassador to Canada, is... More

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A Convocation First

On June 12th, two Art History students, Sachi Hirono and Rebecca Sullivan, will be the first Master of Arts students to graduate from Carleton with a concentration in Art Exhibition and Curatorial Studies. Read the full story at:   gradstudents.carleton.ca/2015/convocation-first-2/  ... More

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 in News Feed for all posts filed under News

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Accolades for Art History Students

Read the “Grad News” article about three Carleton University Master of Arts (MA) candidates in Art History who were recently awarded some very impressive honours. http://gradstudents.carleton.ca/2015/accolades-for-art-history-students/  ... More

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It’s spring! It’s finally spring! I know it’s spring because a) there’s a big pile of marking on my desk to be done, b) it’s no longer pitch black outside when I get up, and c) our resident groundhog has made his first appearance on the back deck. The convergence of those three things can... More

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 in HTA Super Blog Feed for all posts filed under HTA Super Blog

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Wisdom

In an earlier blog, I mentioned that the Byzantine section of my medieval course gives me a chance to talk about some truly amazing architecture. Perhaps the most amazing of all is the church dedicated to “Holy Wisdom” – the Hagia Sophia – built in Constantinople (now Istanbul) between 532... More

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 in HTA Super Blog Feed for all posts filed under HTA Super Blog

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