What will I learn?

Program Description

The Program in Art History and Visual Studies offers a BA in Art History that prepares students for professional careers or further advanced study. A course of study in the major provides students an opportunity to specialize in visual cultures of East Asia, Latin America, ancient Greece and Rome, European Middle Ages and Byzantium, Early Modern Europe (Renaissance and Baroque), Modern Europe and the United States, and 20th and 21st c. (Modern and Contemporary). The curriculum is oriented towards an interdisciplinary global perspective.

Satisfy your curiosity and learn how art and culture intersect through the University of Utah’s Art History program. Art history is the study of the artistic endeavors of peoples around the globe, and professional art historians seek to understand the context of art: why art and architecture are made and how they relate to historical and cultural circumstances. In recent years, the discipline of art history has expanded from a narrow study of the fine arts to the wider and more inclusive fields of visual and material culture. The Art History curriculum introduces students to these topics through lectures and seminars. Your coursework will cover topics such as visual analysis and critical thinking, as well as the art and history of specific cultures and geographic locations. The culminating capstone experience is a seminar class that allows you to apply your analytical and research skills to a select art history theme or area. Art history is an exciting field, especially in recent years: feminist, postmodern, postcolonial, and contemporary perspectives are all reinvigorating art historical writing today.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of cultural artifacts, visual images, and visual representation specific to a historical period or cultural or geographical context
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scope of concepts, theories, and approaches to research and interpretation in the study of art and visual culture
  • Identify, analyze, and assess concepts and approaches in a variety of sources and perspectives
  • Formulate and express an art historical argument clearly and cogently in both oral and written communication
  • Demonstrate an understanding of interdisciplinary and pluralistic frameworks of the field of art history and visual culture

Career Opportunities

With your degree in Art History, you will be well-suited to a career in either the public or private sector. The skills in visual analysis and interpretation that you learned will be appealing to museums, art galleries, libraries, historical societies, arts councils, publishers, auction houses, and educational facilities. Become an estate or art appraiser, film or television producer, freelance writer, graphic designer, or teacher. If you decide to pursue an advanced degree, you can become a professor, librarian, curator, museum or university administrator, or lawyer.

Which department am I in?

College of Fine Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$33,000.00 per year
Application deadline

1 April 2022, 15 July 2022

Start date

11 May 2022, 15 August 2022


College of Fine Arts

75 South 1530 East, Rm 250,



84112, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Freshman applicants who are completing or have completed their secondary education (high school) and have not yet attended any post-secondary institution (college or university).

For international students

Freshman applicants who are completing or have completed their secondary education (high school) and have not yet attended any post-secondary institution (college or university).

English proficiency: iBT/TOEFL 80 or higher; IELTS 6.5 or higher; Duolingo 105 or higher.


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