AHGSS Resources

The School for Studies in Art and Culture and the greater Carleton community provides a number of opportunities for Art History graduate students.  Below are a handful of resources and services available to you on campus.

The Audio-Visual Resource Centre

The Audio-Visual Resource Centre (AVRC) is the resource centre for the School for Studies in Art and Culture (SSAC) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at Carleton University.  The AVRC serves the combined faculties of Art History, Music and Film.

The AVRC provides the following services:

  • Circulation of reserve material for courses at the second-year level and above.  Students may consult these materials on a two-hour loan arrangement (readings; CDs; DVDs)
  • Online (web) searching of the School’s teaching and reference collections, including a digital image collection.  Requests for items or patron accounts may be made in person or via email.
  • Assistance in locating analogue or digital material or in creating presentations or rescreening a film.

The Carleton University Art Gallery

The Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) is a vital cultural resource for the University and the wider community, bringing art and minds together.  As a curatorial laboratory, its research and exhibitions of art illuminate the past, engage the present, and stimulate curiosity about the future.

CUAG builds and preserves the University’s art collection as a rich resource for research, teaching, learning and discovery through the direct experience of original works of art.  As a public art gallery, it connects the cultural life of the University to that of the wider community through a lively and critical program of exhibitions, publications, and events that foster awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the visual arts.

Each year, CUAG offers one practicum placement to an undergraduate or graduate art history student in each of the fall and winter terms, and occasionally in the summer session.  Practicum students work on a variety of projects at the gallery, in particular collection-based activities such as research, writing, and cataloguing.

The Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture

The Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture (ICSLAC) houses the Cultural Mediations Ph.D.  This interdisciplinary doctoral program is designed to advance knowledge and understanding of that body of cultural theory and those cultural practices that inform literary studies, cinema studies and work in music, art history and new media, along with the historical, intellectual and social frames of reference that this work invokes.

The Graduate Student Association

The GSA is the fully autonomous student body that represents the more than 3600 full- and part-time graduate students registered at Carleton.  One of the GSA’s primary goals is to promote communication between grad students and the university administration, as well as the various departments.  By representing graduate students on university committees, the GSA is able to ensure that the interests and collective voice of Carleton grads are heard.