Gain insight into the complex and dynamic relationship between art and the society that produces it.
Students pursuing Art History through the
Bachelor of Arts degree program receive a thorough overview of the major periods
and art works in the history of western art since the ancient world, with an emphasis on the past 150 years, as
well as a thorough grounding in theoretical and critical approaches to
the study of art. The vocabulary and concepts derived from this study
track allow students to discuss art confidently in written and oral
presentations, and build the skills and knowledge necessary to explore a
topic in depth and to produce a thesis that meets the research,
writing, and documentation standards of the discipline.
Students who graduate with an undergraduate degree in Art History will be eligible to pursue graduate study in the discipline or to take entry-level positions in museums and galleries, art publishing and related careers. Moreover, the knowledge and insights that you will have gained should enrich understanding and enjoyment of art, regardless of career path.
Lesley also offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History, which places a greater emphasis on creative self-discovery, studio practice and art history in the context of contemporary artistic topics and concerns.
Semester begins with an introduction to the art of the Ancient World and the Middle Ages, and then explores European art from the time of Giotto until the beginning of the Romantic period in greater depth.
This course explores key movements and figures in art from c.1890 up to the outbreak of World War II, a time often known as the Modern period. Emphasis is on European painting and sculpture. We study artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp, Arp, Mondrian, and Brancusi, who questioned long-standing assumptions about the appearance and purpose of art and strove to forge radically new artistic languages to express their individual experiences of the rapidly changing modern world.
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