Art History

Art History


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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.



English Gothic Live: A Study Abroad Opportunity

My last blog, “Buildings that Amaze”, was about the huge impact that my first trip abroad had on my life. This blog is about my latest – and most ambitious – attempt to provide just that kind of experience for my students. I’ve taught a course on medieval architecture almost every year... More

Friday, February 12th, 2016 in HTA Super Blog Feed for all posts filed under HTA Super Blog

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Navigating the Business World

People usually get excited when I tell them I’m studying Art History. Then, I get confused looks when I tell them I work as a Junior Business Analyst. Art History and Business actually go really well together (I didn’t know it either when I first started my job). My interest and curiosity... More

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 in Lauren's Blog Feed for all posts filed under Lauren's Blog

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The Arts in Ottawa

Living and going to school in Ottawa has many advantages when you’re studying art history. For example, the National Gallery of Canada, Library and Archives and the Ottawa Art Gallery to name a few of the amazing resources we have here in the capital. People often think of Ottawa as a boring... More

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 in Rachel's Blog Feed for all posts filed under Rachel's Blog


Art History Video

Back in September, I was approached to participate in a video that was being created for the Art History department. The video was intended to showcase the strengths of Carleton’s Art History Program. Having never been interviewed for such a video, I was unsure of what to expect. I found the... More

Friday, February 5th, 2016 in Laura's Blog Feed for all posts filed under Laura's Blog



A new month has started. For me, that means my monthly budget has started over. It means I am one month closer to receiving my coveted grad school decisions. It means we are all closer to having to hand in assignments and write midterms. It means Reading Week is only two weeks away! For fourth... More

Friday, February 5th, 2016 in Laura's Blog Feed for all posts filed under Laura's Blog

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Buildings that Amaze 1: Canterbury Cathedral

January was an insanely busy month for me, and whenever things get crazy I console myself with thoughts of the buildings that have had a big impact on me – the ones that made me want to be an architectural historian in the first place. These places keep me sane, so I thought I owed... More

Monday, February 1st, 2016 in HTA Super Blog Feed for all posts filed under HTA Super Blog

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For me, this is a torturous time of year. Ever since last March, I have been relentlessly devoted to one goal: getting into graduate school. More specifically, getting admitted into a Direct Entry PhD program in Art History. It would be true to say that my single-minded obsession has placed... More

Friday, January 29th, 2016 in Laura's Blog Feed for all posts filed under Laura's Blog

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Friends of Art History

The Friends of Art History Visual Culture Series presents: “Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-dressed Women, Lesbians, and American Cinema 1908-1934” by Laura Horak, Assistant Professor, Film Studies, SSAC, Carleton University Friday, February 5, 2016 – 2:30 p.m., 412 St. Patrick’s Building Full... More

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 in News Feed for all posts filed under News

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Gallery Visits

This week, I had two opportunities to visit art galleries for my courses. The first visit was to CUAG, during which we received a talk from the artist, Carol Sawyer, herself. Sawyer walked us through the exhibit, and provided enriching insight on her efforts in creating the exhibition, as well as... More

Friday, January 22nd, 2016 in Laura's Blog Feed for all posts filed under Laura's Blog

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