Art History

Art History


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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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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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


Culture Hub Workshop

Indigenizing the Gallery There will be a round-table discussion on Friday, February 27th from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM at the Carleton University Art Gallery in St. Patrick’s Building. Please join us, admission is free and a small reception will follow. Special guests include: Greg Hill and Christine... More

Friday, February 20th, 2015 in Events Feed for all posts filed under Events

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