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Art History and criticism, ba

The Art History and Criticism, BA is designed for students to pursue careers as art historians, critics, or curators in museums or galleries. It may also serve as a foundation for graduate study in art history.

Students in the Art History and Criticism, BA will take 10 courses in the arts.
Note: Completion of the Learning-in-Common (LinC) curriculum in liberal arts is also required.
 

Year 1

 

Art History and Criticism, BA

Fall  
Number Course Name
ART 170 Drawing 1
ART 113 Art History Survey: Caves to Cathedrals
   
Spring  
Number Course Name
ART 114 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Abstraction
ART 142      Visual Foundations: Composition, Color and Design
   

Year 2

 

Art History and Criticism, BA

Fall  
Number Course Name
ART 180 Painting 1
   
Spring  
Number Course Name
                             * Required Art Elective (select from list below)                                    
   

Year 3

 

Art History and Criticism, BA

Fall  
Number Course Name           
ART 218 Art of Renaissance
   
Spring  
Number Course Name
ART 229 WI: Modern Art                                         
   

Year 4

 

Art History and Criticism, BA

Fall          
Number Course Name
ART 310                      Art History Methodology: Criticism, Theory and Practice                                              
   
Spring  
Number Course Name
  * Required Art Elective (select from list below)
                   
   

* BA in Art History and Criticism, Required Art Elective Options (2 Required)

ART 212 Artists as Activists (U2)
ART 220 History of Photography
ART 222 African Art (M5)
ART 226 Art of the 19th Century
ART 228 Contemporary Art
ART 29X or 39X Art History Special Topics Classes
Example: ST: African-American Art
ART 381-384 Independent Study
ART 386-388 Internship
ART 400-401 Honors (Honors students could waive 1 required elective)
   

Art History and Criticism, BA Recommendations

Internship at a regional museum or arts organization – past internships have included ArtsQuest, Kemerer Museum, Allentown Art Museum, The Baum School of Art, and other arts organizations

If interested in Museum Studies:

If interested in academics:

  • Take courses in Literature and History

If interested in further art courses:

  • Take courses listed under programs in Studio Art; Studio Art, Photography/Media Concentration; or Graphic and Interactive Design

If planning graduate school in art history:

  • Take foreign language in French, German, or Italian

Cross-register at other LVAIC schools for specialized courses in art history, especially Lafayette (Asian, Indian, Ancient, Byzantine)

English/Writing courses

Digital Media courses such as ART 131, Introduction to Graphic Design, and ART 268, Digital Photography 1

Take a Chemistry course for the requirement in natural sciences (art restoration)

Take relevant history courses along with special interests to meet history requirement or for electives

Study abroad