History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Programs

Overview

Recognizing the importance of a geographically and temporally diverse base of knowledge, the undergraduate programs require students to study a wide range of aesthetic production, while still allowing for a focus on the areas of particular interest to each student.

FAH101H1 is a selective survey of the major periods and monuments in the history of art and architecture, team-taught by members of the department.  The rotating lectures provide students with the opportunity to be introduced to key works of art by leading experts in each field.  FAH102H1 serves as a practical and critical introduction to the practice of art history and is an integral component of the curriculum; students are encouraged to take this class early in their progress toward an FAH degree. Half courses at the 200 level are more comprehensive surveys that thematically introduce the material from specific chronological periods, regional areas, or the history of architecture. Many of these courses, which are offered on a regular basis, serve as “gateway” prerequisites for courses at the 300 and 400 level.

Specialist Program

(11 full courses or their equivalent.) At least nine FAH FCE’s, and two FCE’s in one or more languages including at least one German, French, or Italian, though an acceptable alternative modern language as Dutch or Russian (or Chinese and/or another Asian language) may be acceptable.  It is strongly recommended that students acquire a reading knowledge of German, French, or Italian by the end of the third year.  Students specializing in Ancient or Medieval art should also recognize the necessity of studying Greek and/or Latin.  Students interested in pursuing Asian art history will need to acquire Chinese and/or Japanese and/or another Asian language.

First Year

FAH 102H1

Higher Years

  1. At least one half course in each of Groups A, B, C, and D (see below for definitions).
  2. One additional half course in Group A and Group B.
  3. No more than 3.5 courses may be taken at the 200-level.
  4. 4.5 courses at the 300+ level, of which at least one full course must be at the 400-level.
  5. No more than 1.5 FCEs at the 400-level will be counted toward fulfilling program requirements.
  6. No more than 10 FCEs of FAH courses may be taken in total. Approved courses in other programs may be substituted for up to two FAH FCEs.

Notes: In addition, the Faculty of Arts and Science requires Fine Art History specialists who do not complete FAH338H1 to complete at least 0.5 FCE in Arts and Science courses in Breadth Category 5:  The Physical and Mathematical Universes. Approved courses in other programs may be substituted for up to two FAH courses.

Major Program

(6 full courses or their equivalent) At least six FAH courses fulfilling the following distribution requirements:

First Year

FAH 102H1

Higher Years

  1. At least one half course in three of the four FAH Groups (see below for definitions).
  2. Three FCEs at the 300+ level, including at least one half-course at the 400-level.
  3. No more than 1.0 FCE at the 400-level will be counted toward fulfilling program requirements.  No more than 13 FAH and VIS courses may be taken in combination; of these, no more than 7.5 may be FAH courses.
  4. Approved courses in other programs may be substituted for up to one FAH FCE.

Minor Program

(4 full courses or their equivalent) At least four FAH courses fulfilling the following distribution requirements:

  1. FAH102H1
  2. At least one half course in two of the four FAH Groups (see below for definitions).
  3. At least one FCE at the 300-level.
  4. No more than 5 FCEs of FAH courses may be taken in total.

FAH Course Groups

Group Periods Represented FAH Courses Numbered
A Ancient, Medieval 200–29, 300–29, 400–29
B Renaissance–Baroque, Modern–Contemporary–Canadian 230–59, 330–59, 430–59
C Asian 260–69, 360–69, 460–69
D History of Architecture 270–79, 370–79, 470–79, plus FAH300, 309, 328, 362, 364, 404, 421
O Other 380–99, 480–89

Notes:

  1. Certain courses, including FAH101H1, do not satisfy the requirement for any group, but do count toward any FAH degree program.
  2. Students who have already taken FAH100Y1 are encouraged, but not required, to take FAH102H1 for the fulfillment of the degree requirements.
  3. Courses used to satisfy one group requirement, e.g., FAH300H1, cannot be counted toward another group requirement.

Abbreviations for Program Requirements and Course Descriptions

FAH =  Art History courses
B = full course in Spring term (or the Second term of the summer session)
F = Fall term of winter session (or the First term of the summer session)
S = Spring term of winter session (or the Second term of summer session)
H = half course
Y = full course in two consecutive terms of winter (or summer) session
TBA = to be announced
L = lecture
T = tutorial
P = practical work (for Studio courses)
FCE = full-course equivalent
/ = or
+ = or higher
; and

On the Arts & Science Timetable the days of the week are expressed as M, T, W, R, F (R = Thursday); unless indicated otherwise the duration of classes is 1 hour and 50 minutes, from 10 minutes past the hour until the next hour.

Language Requirements

Students in the History of Art program are encouraged to develop language skills throughout their program. Advanced study normally requires competence of French, German, Spanish, or Italian, though an alternative modern language such as Dutch or Russian (or Chinese and/or another Asian language) may be acceptable.  Students specializing in Ancient or Medieval art should also recognize the necessity of studying Greek and/or Latin, while those interested in pursuing Asian art history will need to acquire Chinese and/or Japanese and/or another Asian language.

At the U of T and other comparable institutions, the MA program requires reading knowledge of two languages in order to graduate. The first language exam is administered by the Department during the Fall term and consists of a one-hour translation exercise of an art history text.

Interdisciplinary Studies Recommended

What is true of languages is also true of many other disciplines: they are invaluable to art historians because they provide a context for our studies, or support such studies in other ways. Certain courses in cognate disciplines are recognized for credit as if they were FAH courses, e.g. East Asian Studies, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (see the “Related Courses” section for specific courses).

Other courses, although not eligible for FAH credit, are particularly recommended because they enrich studies in art history. These include courses in history, literature (offered by various language departments), religion, urban studies, and some college programs, e.g. Anthropology, Classics, English, Geography (especially cultural, historical and urban geography), History, Innis College, Philosophy, Religion, St Michael’s College, Victoria College, etc. Note that courses in classical mythology and Christian ritual and belief are a useful complement to the study of most periods of Western Art.

General Degree Information

Information on degree requirements, grading practices, faculty examinations, student records, checking of marks, recording of transcripts, and petitions is contained in the Faculty’s Calendar.

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