Art History; reflections of four women in the glass frame of a work of art

Art History

BACHELOR OF ARTS | DUAL BACHELOR OF ARTS | COMBINED DEGREE | MINOR

Study art history among the vibrant museums and contemporary art galleries of our nation’s capital

The Art History Program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is situated in the heart of the culturally rich city of Washington, D.C., providing students with unique opportunities to study the arts. Our students learn to apply visual and historical analyses to artworks, as well as incorporate relevant and current theoretical and methodological approaches to research. Our proximity to Washington’s many museums and galleries means that the permanent collections and exhibitions of some of the most important art institutions in the world often serve as the backbone of student coursework and study. Our curriculum covers a wide swath of the history of art, but has specific areas of focus in Renaissance, Islamic, South Asian, American and Modern and Contemporary art. Our rigorous and supportive scholarly program places special emphasis on developing individual students’ research and writing skills.

 

 

PROGRAM OPTIONS

We offer four programs to study art history at the undergraduate level: a bachelor of arts in art history; a dual bachelor of arts in art history and fine arts; a combined bachelor of arts and master of arts in art history; as well as a minor in art history.
 

COMBINED DEGREE

The combined BA/MA program offers undergraduate Art History majors excelling in their studies the opportunity to advance to graduate level coursework in their senior year and enter the MA program upon graduation.
The following requirements must be fulfilled while an undergraduate:

  • The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Required courses in art history – 33 credit hours consisting of a minimum of one course in six of the following seven categories: Ancient and Medieval; Islamic Spheres; Renaissance/Baroque; 18th/19th Century; Modern & Contemporary; Asia and the Indian Ocean; and Central and South America; an additional course in one of these categories; two (6 credits) Junior/Senior Seminars (4000-level and above), which may count towards the distribution requirements; and two electives, which may, with the prior approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, be taken in another department.
  • Required course in studio arts – 3 credit hours of any studio arts course.
  • Students take 9 credits of graduate art history course work (6000 level) during their senior year (one in the fall, two in the spring); these credit hours will count towards the BA degree and the MA degree.

How to apply:
Deadline: March 1 of Junior Year

  • Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application. If you are applying for an assistantship, you should also describe any teaching experience you have had.
  • Writing Sample
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two References
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA overall, 3.7 in AH major

Submit complete application to:
Director of Graduate Studies, Art History
Corcoran School of the Arts & Design
Smith Hall of Art, 101
801 22nd Street, NW Washington, DC 20052

 

 

 

Who you'll learn with


WHO YOU'll LEARN WITH
 

Professor Robinson in lecture

Our faculty are knowledgeable practitioners that will guide you through the program and on to your goals. For example, meet beloved Art History Professor and alumna Lilien Robinson (BA ’62, MA ’65). Professor Robinson continues to inspire generations of students through her passion for art.
 

More About Professor Robinson

Visiting Artists & Scholars Program

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Committee (VASC) is a student-run organization that invites respected scholars and artists to present public lectures in Smith Hall of Art. The committee typically brings six to eight speakers to campus each year. All VASC lectures are free and open to the public. All VASC members and attendees of VASC lectures have the chance to interact informally with visiting speakers during post-lecture receptions and dinners.

 

Alum design work: poster of a woman with text "the indigenous beauty is older than america and isn't found in a hipster headdress"

Brigit O’Malley, BA Art History, Class of 2018

Brigit O’Malley is an art history major who loves anthropology, as well as architecture and painting. O’Malley demonstrates how she combines her various academic interests with her love of French culture through our Art History program.

 

PROGRAM FORMS

CONTACTS

Smith Hall of Art
801 22nd St, NW, Room 101 
[email protected]
202-994-6085

Program Administrator
Andy Johnson
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Program Head
Barbara von Barghahn
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Undergraduate Advisor for BA in Art History
Mika Natif
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Undergraduate Advisor for Dual BA in Fine Art and Art History
Katherine Lee
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