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.


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Practicum Experience

It’s a surreal feeling walking up to the National Gallery of Canada and going around to the Curatorial Wing, swiping your ID badge and going up to your office with a view of the Ottawa River. This is what I got to do every Wednesday for 8 weeks when I did my Practicum at the... More

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 in Rachel's Blog Feed for all posts filed under Rachel's Blog



I once had the privilege of interviewing Alex Colville about his time as an official war artist. It was, poignantly, just a few weeks after September 11, 2001. Describing his impressions of the newly liberated concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen, he said that one of his enduring feelings was guilt... More

Friday, November 20th, 2015 in HTA Super Blog Feed for all posts filed under HTA Super Blog

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How to Make Parents and Yourself Happy…with an Art Degree

Art.  History.  Tuition. These are cringe worthy words a parent might not want to hear… “What will you do with THAT?” Business.  Networking.  Investments. Sounds more solid, right? These might not be words you associate with Art History… Art History and Business. An unexpected pairing?... More

Monday, November 16th, 2015 in Lauren's Blog Feed for all posts filed under Lauren's Blog


You Can’t Fight City Hall

I’m a complete novice when it comes to any kind of formal political involvement. I place my ’X’ with conviction at every opportunity, but otherwise have no experience of how governance actually works. So, my first foray into those waters a couple of weeks ago, at a meeting of the city’s... More

Friday, November 13th, 2015 in HTA Super Blog Feed for all posts filed under HTA Super Blog

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New York State of Mind

Over Reading Week, I engaged in some exciting grad school preparation: visiting universities. The highlight of this experience was the fact that my top two schools (NYU and Columbia) happen to be in New York City. I am also looking at CUNY. So, naturally, I took one for the team and visited the Big... More

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 in Laura's Blog Feed for all posts filed under Laura's Blog

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Friends of Art History – Nov 20

“Hogarth and History Painting” by Mark Phillips, Professor, Department of History and ICSLAC, Carleton University. Friday, November 20th, 2:30 p.m., 412 St. Patrick’s Building. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. Abstracts of talks, and full details about ‘The Friends... More

Thursday, November 5th, 2015 in News Feed for all posts filed under News

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Special Lecture – HTA

The SSAC History and Theory of Architecture program invites you to a special lecture by Alex Bozikovic, architecture critic for the Globe & Mail. Download a copy of the poster:  Bozikovic Lecture, Nov 13... More

Thursday, October 29th, 2015 in News Feed for all posts filed under News

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Special lecture at the NGC

“Julius Freund (1869-1941) and the Fate of a German-Jewish Art Collection” by Nathalie Neumann National Gallery of Canada, Lecture Hall, Thursday, October 22, 6:00 pm This lecture discusses the history of the textile merchant Julius Freund’s famous collection of art, which included... More

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 in News Feed for all posts filed under News


On Our Radar

At the beginning of my first-year survey in architectural history, I claim that architecture, at its very origins, is fundamentally about making space into something meaningful. That transformation has been achieved, with overwhelming power and poignancy, at an exhibition that is up for just a few... More

Friday, October 9th, 2015 in HTA Super Blog Feed for all posts filed under HTA Super Blog

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