Course Sequence - Honours BA with major in History and Therory of Art

These programs give students a solid grounding in the history of international modern and contemporary art, curatorial and museum studies, and their critical and theoretical discourses. We use an interdisciplinary approach in these programs, making sure to examine topics and themes from different theoretical points of view or perspectives (historical, post-colonial, feminist, etc.).

UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

The History and Theory of Art program at the University of Ottawa leads to an honours bachelor’s degree, which requires the equivalent of four years of university studies and 120 credits (40 courses).

Bachelor’s degree

  • Honours BA with Major in History and Theory of Art FI

Minor

Minor in History and Theory of Art

FI French immersion stream available.

 

Language of instruction

These programs are offered in English and in French.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

These programs lead to careers such as art historian, art theorist, art critic, art administrator, art dealer, gallery director or museum curator.

What can I do with my studies?

(www.sass.uottawa.ca/en)  is a tool that provides information on career opportunities for students with a background in the history and theory of art..

 

HONOURS BA WITH MAJOR IN HISTORY AND THEORY OF ART - 120 CREDITS (4 YEARS) 

Notes 

1 This course has variable topics. Students may take this course twice
2 The introductory survey courses, ART1360 Histories of Art I and ART1361 Histories of Art II, are required for all undergraduates in the Department of Visual Arts (Bachelor of Fine Arts; Major in Visual Arts; Major and Minor in History and Theory of Art), and are pre-requisites for all compulsory 3000-level courses, so should therefore be taken in first year to ensure graduation on time.
3(H) : History and Theory of Art courses. Other courses may be selected in consultation with the Department

3 credits = 1 course

  Total 1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year
Total

120 credits 

(40 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

Core courses

12 credits

(4 courses)

ENG1100 Workshop in Essay Writing

3 credits from:
PHI1101 Reasoning and Critical Thinking
PHI1301 Philosophy: Ideas and Arguments

3 credits from:
AHL1100 Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
ENG1120 Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction
ENG1121 Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry
3 credits from:
AHL1100 Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
PHI1102 Moral reasoning
PHI1103 Fundamental Philosophical Questions
PHI1104 Great Philosophers
PHI1302 Philosophy: Themes and Texts

 

 

 

First module

Major in History and Theory of Art

42 credits

(14 courses)

ART1102 Methodologies in the History and Theory of Art

ART1360 Histories of Art I

ART1361 Histories of Art II 2

ART2170 19th Century Art: 1789-1900

ART2171 Modern Art:1900-1945

ART3180 Art after Modernism: 1945-1978

ART3181 Postmodernism and Art: 1978-2000

ART4955 Sémainaire de recherché en histoire et théorie de l'art/Research Seminar in History and Theory of Art

9 optional course credits in History and Theory of Art (H)3
6 optional course credits in History and Theory of Art (H) at the 3000 level3
3 optional course credits in History and Theory of Art at the 4000 level3

Second module

Minor or major

42 credits (14 courses)


30 credits (10 courses)

Mandatory major or minor added after first year.
Students must add a second program, either a 42-credit major or a 30-credit minor, selected from any of a number of disciplines offered at the Telfer School of Management or at the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, Health Sciences or Social Sciences. The faculties of Science and Engineering also offer many majors and minors. However, these majors require 51 to 60 credits.
Note that secondary school prerequisite courses may be required for the second program.

Electives

24 or 36 credits 

(8 or 12 courses)

The number of elective courses varies according to the second program:

  • In the major option, students must take 24 electives (8 courses).
  • In the minor option, students must take 36 electives (12 classes).
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