The Department of History of Art/Graduate Department of Art at the St. George campus offers Graduate and Undergraduate degrees in the History of Art. Founded in 1935, it was the first model for such department at a Canadian university and over seven decades has achieved an international reputation for scholarly and creative excellence.
The art history program is devoted to investigating the ways in which individuals (celebrated or unknown) and whole civilizations have expressed themselves through the ages in architecture and town planning, in painting and sculpture, and in printmaking, photography, and the various arts of design.
At the undergraduate level, students take courses that explore a wide chronological and geographic scope, ranging from the Bronze Age to the present, from Europe to Asia to the Americas. In 2006, the undergraduate program requirements were changed to enable students to pursue subjects of interest in more depth. Graduate courses are offered by faculty drawn from all three campuses: St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough.
Finally, extensive library resources, extensive on-campus art collections, and a Federated Academic Digital Imaging System (FADIS)—developed completely within the Department of History of Art/Graduate Department of Art and now used widely at other Canadian Universities to offer web-based access to an extensive library of visual images—are enhanced by access to the country’s most vibrant, diverse, and well-represented art community.
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