Visual Arts - Art History

Visual Arts - Art History

School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

Immerse yourself in the global world of art, architecture, art criticism and curatorial studies to create change at the intersections of visual art, society, and culture. You will explore practical applications of museum and gallery studies off-campus with industry placements at established galleries like the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum. In the classroom, you will learn under the instruction of established artists with exhibition curation opportunities and hands-on access to original works of art by icons including Andy Warhol and Jack Bush. 

The AMDP Advantage: 

  • Small class sizes taught by internationally distinguished professional curators, researchers, and art historians. 
  • Access to the Joan Goldfarb Art Study Collection with work by Andy Warhol, Jack Bush and Jean-Paul Riopelle for student exhibit curation. 
  • Opportunities to collaborate across disciplines with artists in digital media, film, and design. 

Program Overview  

The Visual Arts - Art History (BA) program curriculum focuses on modern and contemporary art, Canadian Art, Indigenous and settler art of the Americas, Asian art, western art and architecture, as well as art criticism and curatorial studies. Beyond the first year of study, students may choose to concentrate their studies on global art history, modern and contemporary art, or curatorial studies. All streams emphasize the relationship between visual art and its social contexts, including global cultural exchange. Students have hands-on access to original works of art to explore practical applications of museum and gallery studies. 

Certificate in Public History 

Students with a passion for public art may choose to complete the cross-disciplinary Certificate in Public History offered concurrently with York bachelor's degree. The Certificate in Public History introduces students to the theory, methods, and practice of work in historical, heritage, and cultural institutions and a critical understanding of the production and presentation of historical knowledge for public audiences. 

Program Details

Offered by

School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

Offered at

  • Keele Campus

Degrees offered


Ways to study

Full-Time, Part-Time

Experiential Education

  • Practicum
  • Co-op or internship
  • Class-focused
  • Community-focused
  • Faculty research

Fall entry

Yes (first and upper year)

Winter entry

Yes (first and upper year)

Summer entry

Yes (first and upper year)