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What is Art History?
Study of the history of art stimulates an intensive awareness of creative achievements in the fields of art and architecture. As students explore and analyze artistic style, social context, and meaning in both Western and non-Western cultures, they gain insight into the richness of both personal and cultural expression.
Why Art History at UT?
The University of Toledo offers students a unique opportunity to explore the history of art and architecture at UT’s award-winning Center for the Visual Arts housed at the world-renowned Toledo Museum of Art. The Museum’s holdings include a world-famous glass collection, a medieval cloister, art of the ancient Mediterranean world, arts from Africa and Asia, European paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, prints, drawings, and photographs from the Renaissance to the contemporary, and American art from the Colonial era to the present.
The close relationship between these two institutions enables students to make full use of outstanding research facilities, art library, exhibitions and art collections. Advanced students are encouraged to participate in special undergraduate research projects. The concentration in Art Museum Practices offers further opportunities to study art history while gaining practical experience in the museum setting (see program description below).
Many art history graduates find directly related positions as professors; museum curators, administrators, educators or registrars; librarians; architectural preservationists; fine arts photographers; or art dealers. Others find the flexibility, understanding, and critical skills they have acquired in their undergraduate studies rewarded in non-related fields such as architecture, law, journalism, business, and communications.
Student Learning Outcomes for Art History
1. Identification abilities: Students demonstrate the ability to accurately identify works of art and/or architecture in terms of artist/architecture/culture, title, and date.
2. Analytic abilities: Students demonstrate the ability to analyze the form and content of works of art and/or architecture in relation to social, historical, and cultural contexts.
3. Research skills: Students demonstrate the ability to assemble and assess research sources, including effective uses of multiple global resources, to gather information about areas of interest specific to a topic and/or arena of study.
4. Written communication skills: Student written work demonstrates the ability to convey, interpret, and summarize ideas effectively in terms of content, syntax, and organization of information.
5. Oral communication skills: Student oral presentations demonstrate the ability to convey, interpret, and summarize ideas effectively in terms of content, clarity, and organization of information.
BACHELOR of ARTS in ART HISTORY with an optional
ART MUSEUM PRACTICES (AMP)
This program, with a new concentration, provides a foundation in the history of art and architecture through introductory course work in the styles, subjects and social history of Western and non-Western art and architecture, and through advanced course work and optional directed study in art, architecture, theory and criticism. The program makes extensive use of the collections and research facilities of the Toledo Museum of Art. Internships for credit may be arranged with the Toledo Museum of Art and with other local arts organizations. The optional concentration in Art Museum Practices (AMP) emphasizes professional standards, practices and procedures used in contemporary museums of art. In this unique program, students can work with UT faculty and the Toledo Museum of Art staff professionals and curators to design and install exhibitions of works from the permanent collection at least once a year in the Hitchcock Gallery.