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History of Art

History of art studies the relationship between a society and its artistic achievements.

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Full-time: 3 years / 4 years
Starting in: January, September
Tuition Fee: 15,240 CAD per year
Location: Winnipeg Campus, Winnipeg, Canada

Art has the ability to transform space and create dialogue that invokes social change throughout different moments of time and various societies. Works of art and buildings have shaped our world with marvel and intrigue. Have you ever wondered how Michelangelo came to produce one of the world’s most influential works on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, or why artist Emily Carr became so highly admired, or how the prehistoric indigenous petroforms in the Whiteshell Provincial Park were made, and what was their symbolic function? If so, you may find history of art a fascinating field of study.

As an interdisciplinary program, History of Art allows you to customize your university education to fit your educational and career goals by taking courses from different disciplines, such as Indigenous Studies, English, Theatre and Film, Classics, Religion and Culture, and Philosophy.

Career Possibilities

Graduates may work as art historians or curators, or perform other jobs in galleries and museums. Some may follow career paths in teaching, business, commerce, non-profit organizations or government such as with the Manitoba Arts Council or Winnipeg Arts Council.

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What our students say

“The Curatorial Practices course allowed me to get hands-on experience in mounting an exhibition in conjunction with the Buhler Gallery at St. Boniface Hospital. This experience helped me gain practical skills related to the curatorial practices field, and gave me confidence in knowing that I am indeed on the right path.”

Sylvia Dueck, who has been a student in BA Honours program in Art History, and has worked at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights as an Aboriginal Program Guide and interpretive tour