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Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Creative Arts: Art History

Learn to think and see differently.

Marian's art history program will prepare you for studying art history at the graduate level.

Why choose art history at Marian?

A foundation of studio art courses introduces you to the basic perceptual theories of art, handling of traditional media, and fundamental principles of design. This studio art foundation is combined with a full range of courses in art history covering the history of western art from its beginnings to the contemporary scene, all grounded in the social impact of the arts.

Internships are available in local museums for qualified students. You are also encouraged to participate in Marian University's study abroad program. Recent courses have highlighted the culture, history, art, and literature of Italy, Greece, France, Turkey, and Spain.

What will you study?

Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Creative Arts: Art History

Foundation ART courses (12 credits)

  • ART 110 Drawing and Design I  (3 credits)
  • ART 120 Drawing and Design II  (3 credits)
  • ART 206 Design and Color Theory* (3 credits)
  • ART 255 Photography I  (3 credits)

Additional ART courses (7 credits)

  • ART 201 Basic Three-Dimensional Design*  (3 credits)
  • ART 221 Introduction to Painting*  (3 credits)
  • ART 490 Senior Studio Seminar  (1 credit)

*May be listed toward a minor in art

Art history courses (2(3 credits))

  • ARH 240 Survey of Western Art in Society (4 credits)
  • ARH 247 Survey of Intercultural Art (4 credits)
  • ARH 490  Senior Thesis Seminar  (3 credits)
  • 12 credits from:
    • 330 The Classical World  (3 credits)
    • 335 The Medieval West  (3 credits)
    • 337 The Byzantine East (3 credits)
    • 342 The Renaissance  (3 credits)
    • 343 The Age of Kings  (3 credits)
    • 344 The Modern World  (3 credits)
    • 346 The Contemporary Scene  (3 credits)
    • 347 Intercultural Art  (3 credits)
    • 357 American Art and Architecture  (3 credits)
    • 380 Special Topics in Art History  (3 credits)

Sample four-year plan and checklist

Minor in Art History (26 credits)

Required ARH courses (17 credits)

  • ARH 240 Survey of Western Art in Society (4 credits)
  • ARH 247 Survey of Intercultural Art (4 credits)
  • 9 credits from:
    • 330 The Classical World  (3 credits)
    • 335 The Medieval West  (3 credits)
    • 337 The Byzantine East (3 credits)
    • 342 The Renaissance  (3 credits)
    • 343 The Age of Kings  (3 credits)
    • 344 The Modern World  (3 credits)
    • 346 The Contemporary Scene  (3 credits)
    • 347 Intercultural Art  (3 credits)
    • 357 American Art and Architecture  (3 credits)
    • 380 Special Topics in Art History  (3 credits)

Required ART courses (9 credits)

  • ART 110 Drawing and Design I  (3 credits)
  • ART 120 Drawing and Design II  (3 credits)
  • One course from:
    • ART 105 Ceramics  (3 credits)
    • ART 201 Basic 3-D Design  (3 credits)
    • ART 237 Printmaking I  (3 credits)
    • ART 255 Photography I  (3 credits)
    • ART 300 Sculpture  (3 credits)

Meet your faculty

  • Bradley Cavallo
    Bradley Cavallo, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Art History
    (317) 955-6674
    bcavallo1@marian.edu
    Caretaker's Cottage, 2nd Floor
  • Dr. Jamie Higgs
    Jamie Higgs, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Art and Art History
    (317) 955-6432
    jhiggs@marian.edu
    Caretaker's Cottage, 2nd Floor

For more information

Department of Art and Design
(317) 955-6381
krudynski@marian.edu

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