Art History

exploring tapestries

Our world is increasingly saturated by visual images that both reflect and shape our experience and understanding. The discipline of art history teaches students to unpack the meanings of images and objects, whether they were created thousands of years ago to decorate the tombs of Egyptian pharoahs, last year for a performance art exhibition in New York City, or just last night to "go viral" on YouTube.

Studying art history improves essential skills that are the building blocks of 21st Century learning: observation, analysis, synthesis, and creative and critical interpretation. As a minor in art history, you will study visual culture that spans the spectrum of humanity from cave paintings to the present day, and learn to make sense of its meanings through the study of both form and context.
Our students benefit from numerous opportunities to study art and architecture "up close and personal." From local and regional field trips, to short- and long-term study abroad, our students are on the move! Back at home, we work closely with Burlington City Arts and the Shelburne Museum to provide internship opportunities, so that students can gain real-world experience.
After Saint Michael's, art history minors go on to graduate school in Museum Studies, Historic Preservation, Library Science, and other disciplines in the Humanities. Saint Michael's art history alumni work in exciting fields including Landscape Design, Urban Planning, Art Gallery and Auctions Administration, Historic Preservation, and Marketing and Development for non-profit organizations.

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