Art History and Communication Studies (ARTH and COMS)

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Art History and Communication Studies (ARTH and COMS)

Location

Location

  • Arts Building, W-225 (West Wing, top floor)
  • 853 Sherbrooke Street West
  • Montreal, Quebec H3A 2T6

About Art History and Communication Studies

About Art History and Communication Studies

In the field of Art History, the Department offers comprehensive programs of courses and seminars on the history of the visual arts, material culture, and architecture from antiquity to the present, focusing primarily on Europe and North America. The works of art and architecture are discussed within their cultural, political, historical, religious, philosophical and social context.

Major and Minor Concentrations, and Honours, Joint Honours and graduate programs are available in Art History. For the most up-to-date information on Department requirements and detailed course descriptions, please visit our Department's website or consult an appropriate Undergraduate adviser through the Departmental Office, Arts Building, Room W-225, 514-398-1828.

The Department offers a Minor Concentration in the field of Communication Studies, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. program at the graduate level as described in the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Calendar available at www.mcgill.ca/students/courses/calendars.

Orientation Session for New Students

Orientation Session for New Students

All new students entering the Art History and Communication Studies undergraduate programs are required to attend an information session prior to registration. In 2010, Orientation will be held on Wednesday August 25, 2010 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in room Arts W-220.

At the meeting, the Academic Adviser will explain the requirements of the Department's programs. Incoming students will have an opportunity to ask questions and receive advice on how to plan their courses. Afterwards, students will meet individually with an adviser in order to fill out their Minerva Course Selection Form for registration. Students should sign up for advising appointments after the orientation session.

Art History and Communication Studies (ARTH and COMS) Faculty

Art History and Communication Studies (ARTH and COMS) Faculty

Chair
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Director of Graduate Programs in Communication Studies
TBA
Director of Graduate Programs in Art History
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Director of Undergraduate Programs in Art History
Cecily Hilsdale
Director of Undergraduate Programs in Communication Studies
Becky Lentz
Emeritus Professors
John M. Fossey; B.A.(Birm.), Des L.(Lyon II), F.S.A., R.P.A., F.R.S.C.
George Szanto; B.A.(Dart.), Ph.D.(Harv.)
Professors
Amelia Jones; B.A.(Harv.), M.A.(Penn.), Ph.D.(Calif.)
Marc Raboy; B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.(McG.)
Christine Ross; M.A.(C'dia), Ph.D.(Paris I)
Will Straw; B.A.(Car.), M.A., Ph.D.(McG.)
Associate Professors
Darin Barney; B.A., M.A.(S. Fraser), Ph.D.(Tor.)
Charmaine Nelson; B.F.A., M.A.(C'dia), Ph.D.(Manc.)
Jonathan Sterne; B.A.(Minn.), A.M., Ph.D.(Ill.-Urbana-Champaign)
Angela Vanhaelen; B.A.(W. Ont.), M.A., Ph.D.(Br. Col.)
Assistant Professors
Jennifer Burman; B.A.(C'dia), M.A., Ph.D.(York)
Cecily HIlsdale; B.F.A.(C'dia), M.A., Ph.D.(Chic.)
Mary Hunter; B.A.(Qu.), M.A., Ph.D.(Lond.)
Becky Lentz; B.A.(Arkansas), M.A.(Southern Ill.), M.A.(NYU Tisch School)
Hajime Nakatani; B.L.A.(Tokyo), M.A.(Lond.), Ph.D.(Chic.)
Carrie Rentschler; B.A.(Minn.), M.A., Ph.D.(Ill., Urbana-Champaign)
Richard Taws; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Lond.)
Adjunct Professors
Cornelius Borck; M.A., M.D.(Free Univ., Berlin), Ph.D.(Lond.)
Johanne Lamoureux; B.A., M.A.(Montr.), Ph.D.(E.H.E.S.S., Paris)
Charles Levin; B.A., M.A.(McG.), Ph.D.(C’dia)
Bronwen Wilson; B.A., M.A.(Br. Col.), Ph.D.(N’western)
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Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Art History (18 credits)

This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration Art History.

Required Course (3 credits)

ARTH 305 (3) Methods in Art History 01

Complementary Courses (15 credits)

Students select their complementary courses as follows:

3 credits in Art History at the 200-level.

12 credits in Art History at the 300-level or above, selected in consultation with the departmental adviser.

Note: Courses in studio practice cannot be counted towards the minor concentration.

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Art History (36 credits)

Required Course (3 credits)

ARTH 305 (3) Methods in Art History 01

Complementary Courses (33 credits)

Students select their complementary courses as follows:

A maximum of 12 credits may be at the 200-level.

A minimum of 3 credits must be at the 400-level or above (excluding ARTH 490 Museum Internship).

The complementary courses must be selected from at least six of the eight Art History course fields.

Note: Courses in studio practice cannot be counted towards the major concentration.

I. Theories and Methods

ARTH 310 (3) Postcolonialism
ARTH 351 (3) Vision and Visuality in Art History
ARTH 352 (3) Feminism in Art and Art History

II. Ancient to Medieval

ARTH 204 (3) Introduction to Medieval Art and Architecture
ARTH 209 (3) Introduction to Ancient Art and Architecture
ARTH 215 (3) Introduction to East Asian Art
ARTH 312 (3) Medieval Art
ARTH 314 (3) The Medieval City
ARTH 340 (3) The Gothic Cathedral
ARTH 341 (3) Romanesque Architecture
ARTH 357 (3) Early Chinese Art
ARTH 415 (3) Late Medieval & Renaissance Architecture in Northern Europe
ARTH 416 (3) English Architecture

III. 1400 - 1700 (Early Modern)

ARTH 207 (3) Early Modern Art (1400-1700)
ARTH 223 (3) Introduction to Italian Renaissance Art
ARTH 320 (3) Seventeenth Century Art of Court and Church
ARTH 324 (3) Sixteenth-Century Art in Italy
ARTH 332 (3) Italian Renaissance Architecture
ARTH 333 (3) Italian Baroque Architecture
ARTH 343 (3) Northern Renaissance Art 01
ARTH 358 (3) Later Chinese Art (960-1911)
ARTH 367 (3) Italian Renaissance Art 2
ARTH 435 (3) Early Modern Visual Culture
ARTH 473 (3) Studies in 17th and Early 18th Century Art 04

IV. 1700 - 1945

ARTH 205 (3) Introduction to Modern Art
ARTH 226 (3) Introduction to Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture
ARTH 323 (3) Realism and Impressionism
ARTH 334 (3) Eighteenth Century European Art
ARTH 335 (3) Art in the Age of Revolution
ARTH 337 (3) Modern Painting and Sculpture, Post-Impress to WWI
ARTH 338 (3) Modern Art and Theory: WWI - WWII
ARTH 347 (3) 19th Century Architecture
ARTH 348 (3) 20th Century Architecture
ARTH 374 (3) Studies in Later 18th and 19th Century Art 01
ARTH 379 (3) Studies: Modern Art and Theoretical Problems 02
ARTH 474 (3) Studies in Later 18th and 19th Century Art 03
ARTH 479 (3) Studies: Modern Art and Theoretical Problems 04

V. Contemporary Art (1945 to Present)

ARTH 336 (3) Art Now
ARTH 339 (3) Critical Issues - Contemporary Art
ARTH 356 (3) Modern & Contemporary Chinese Art
ARTH 510 (3) The Body and Visual Culture

VI. Sites of Visual Culture

ARTH 300 (3) Canadian Art to 1914
ARTH 301 (3) Canadian Art 1914 - Present
ARTH 302 (3) Aspects of Canadian Art
ARTH 321 (3) Visual Culture of the Dutch Republic
ARTH 325 (3) Visual Culture Renaissance Venice
ARTH 406 (3) German Architecture

VII. Medium and Media

ARTH 326 (3) Print Culture and the City
ARTH 360 (3) Photography and Art
ARTH 457 (3) Brushwork in Chinese Painting

VIII. Selected Topics

ARTH 353 (3) Selected Topics in Art History 1
ARTH 354 (3) Selected Topics Art History 2
ARTH 420 (3) Selected Topics in Art and Architecture 1
ARTH 421 (3) Selected Topics in Art and Architecture 2
ARTH 422 (3) Selected Topics in Art and Architecture 3
ARTH 447 (3) Independent Research Course
ARTH 460 (3) Studies in Architectural History 1
ARTH 461 (3) Studies in Architectural History 2
ARTH 490 (3) Museum Internship

Note: In addition to architectural courses given by the Department, program students are encouraged to consider courses given in the School of Architecture and the Departments of East Asian Studies and Philosophy which may, upon consultation with the Department, be regarded as fulfilling part of the requirements.

ARCH 250 (3) Architectural History 1
ARCH 251 (3) Architectural History 2
EAST 303 (3) Current Topics: Chinese Studies 1
PHIL 336 (3) Aesthetics
PHIL 436 (3) Aesthetics 2
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Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours Art History (60 credits)

Students are encouraged to apply for this program after their first year of study at the University and after completion of no less than 12 credits in Art History. Admission is on a competitive basis. While the Faculty of Arts regulations require a minimum CGPA of 3.0 for Honours programs, the department requires in addition a program GPA of 3.30 for admission into the program and the awarding of Honours.

In addition to the completion of the Honours requirements, students must complete at least a minor concentration in an academic unit other than the one in which the Honours requirements are satisfied. (For students completing a second degree in the Faculty of Arts, this regulation is waived.)

Required Courses (9 credits)

ARTH 305 (3) Methods in Art History 01
ARTH 400 (3) Selected Methods in Art History
ARTH 401 (3) Honours Research Paper

Complementary Courses (51 credits)

Students select their complementary courses as follows:

A maximum of 15 credits may be at the 200-level.

A minimum of 6 credits must be at the 400-level or above.

45 credits should be selected from at least six of the eight Art History course fields.

6 credits should be taken in a language other than English or in courses in one or two related disciplines selected with the written approval of the academic adviser.

I. Theories and Methods

ARTH 310 (3) Postcolonialism
ARTH 351 (3) Vision and Visuality in Art History
ARTH 352 (3) Feminism in Art and Art History

II. Ancient to Medieval

ARTH 204 (3) Introduction to Medieval Art and Architecture
ARTH 209 (3) Introduction to Ancient Art and Architecture
ARTH 215 (3) Introduction to East Asian Art
ARTH 312 (3) Medieval Art
ARTH 314 (3) The Medieval City
ARTH 340 (3) The Gothic Cathedral
ARTH 341 (3) Romanesque Architecture
ARTH 357 (3) Early Chinese Art
ARTH 415 (3) Late Medieval & Renaissance Architecture in Northern Europe
ARTH 416 (3) English Architecture

III. 1400 - 1700 (Early Modern)

ARTH 207 (3) Early Modern Art (1400-1700)
ARTH 223 (3) Introduction to Italian Renaissance Art
ARTH 320 (3) Seventeenth Century Art of Court and Church
ARTH 324 (3) Sixteenth-Century Art in Italy
ARTH 332 (3) Italian Renaissance Architecture
ARTH 333 (3) Italian Baroque Architecture
ARTH 343 (3) Northern Renaissance Art 01
ARTH 358 (3) Later Chinese Art (960-1911)
ARTH 367 (3) Italian Renaissance Art 2
ARTH 435 (3) Early Modern Visual Culture
ARTH 473 (3) Studies in 17th and Early 18th Century Art 04

IV. 1700 - 1945

ARTH 205 (3) Introduction to Modern Art
ARTH 226 (3) Introduction to Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture
ARTH 323 (3) Realism and Impressionism
ARTH 334 (3) Eighteenth Century European Art
ARTH 335 (3) Art in the Age of Revolution
ARTH 337 (3) Modern Painting and Sculpture, Post-Impress to WWI
ARTH 338 (3) Modern Art and Theory: WWI - WWII
ARTH 347 (3) 19th Century Architecture
ARTH 348 (3) 20th Century Architecture
ARTH 374 (3) Studies in Later 18th and 19th Century Art 01
ARTH 379 (3) Studies: Modern Art and Theoretical Problems 02
ARTH 474 (3) Studies in Later 18th and 19th Century Art 03
ARTH 479 (3) Studies: Modern Art and Theoretical Problems 04

V. Contemporary Art (1945 to Present)

ARTH 336 (3) Art Now
ARTH 339 (3) Critical Issues - Contemporary Art
ARTH 356 (3) Modern & Contemporary Chinese Art
ARTH 510 (3) The Body and Visual Culture

VI. Sites of Visual Culture

ARTH 300 (3) Canadian Art to 1914
ARTH 301 (3) Canadian Art 1914 - Present
ARTH 302 (3) Aspects of Canadian Art
ARTH 321 (3) Visual Culture of the Dutch Republic
ARTH 325 (3) Visual Culture Renaissance Venice
ARTH 406 (3) German Architecture

VII. Medium and Media

ARTH 326 (3) Print Culture and the City
ARTH 360 (3) Photography and Art
ARTH 457 (3) Brushwork in Chinese Painting

VIII. Selected Topics

ARTH 353 (3) Selected Topics in Art History 1
ARTH 354 (3) Selected Topics Art History 2
ARTH 420 (3) Selected Topics in Art and Architecture 1
ARTH 421 (3) Selected Topics in Art and Architecture 2
ARTH 422 (3) Selected Topics in Art and Architecture 3
ARTH 447 (3) Independent Research Course
ARTH 460 (3) Studies in Architectural History 1
ARTH 461 (3) Studies in Architectural History 2
ARTH 490 (3) Museum Internship

Note: In addition to architectural courses given by the Department, program students are encouraged to consider courses given in the School of Architecture and the Departments of East Asian Studies and Philosophy which may, upon consultation with the Department, be regarded as fulfilling part of the requirements.

ARCH 250 (3) Architectural History 1
ARCH 251 (3) Architectural History 2
EAST 303 (3) Current Topics: Chinese Studies 1
PHIL 336 (3) Aesthetics
PHIL 436 (3) Aesthetics 2
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Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component Art History (36 credits)

Students wishing to study at the Honours level in two disciplines can combine Joint Honours Program components in any two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs". 

Prior to registering for each Joint Honours Component, students should consult an adviser in each department for approval of their course selection.

Students are encouraged to apply for admission to the Joint Honours program after their first year of study at the University and after completion of no less than 12 credits in Art History. Admission is on a competitive basis. While the Faculty of Arts regulations require a minimum CGPA of 3.0 for Honours programs, the department requires in addition a program GPA of 3.30 for admission into the program and the awarding of Honours.

Required Courses (9 credits)

ARTH 305 (3) Methods in Art History 01
ARTH 400 (3) Selected Methods in Art History
ARTH 401 (3) Honours Research Paper

Complementary Courses (27 credits)

Students select their complementary courses as follows:

A maximum of 9 credits may be at the 200-level.

A minimum of 3 credits must be at the 400-level or above.

27 credits should be selected from at least six of the eight Art History course fields.

I. Theories and Methods

ARTH 310 (3) Postcolonialism
ARTH 351 (3) Vision and Visuality in Art History
ARTH 352 (3) Feminism in Art and Art History

II. Ancient to Medieval

ARTH 204 (3) Introduction to Medieval Art and Architecture
ARTH 209 (3) Introduction to Ancient Art and Architecture
ARTH 215 (3) Introduction to East Asian Art
ARTH 312 (3) Medieval Art
ARTH 314 (3) The Medieval City
ARTH 340 (3) The Gothic Cathedral
ARTH 341 (3) Romanesque Architecture
ARTH 357 (3) Early Chinese Art
ARTH 415 (3) Late Medieval & Renaissance Architecture in Northern Europe
ARTH 416 (3) English Architecture

III. 1400 - 1700 (Early Modern)

ARTH 207 (3) Early Modern Art (1400-1700)
ARTH 223 (3) Introduction to Italian Renaissance Art
ARTH 320 (3) Seventeenth Century Art of Court and Church
ARTH 324 (3) Sixteenth-Century Art in Italy
ARTH 332 (3) Italian Renaissance Architecture
ARTH 333 (3) Italian Baroque Architecture
ARTH 343 (3) Northern Renaissance Art 01
ARTH 358 (3) Later Chinese Art (960-1911)
ARTH 367 (3) Italian Renaissance Art 2
ARTH 435 (3) Early Modern Visual Culture
ARTH 473 (3) Studies in 17th and Early 18th Century Art 04

IV. 1700 - 1945

ARTH 205 (3) Introduction to Modern Art
ARTH 226 (3) Introduction to Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture
ARTH 323 (3) Realism and Impressionism
ARTH 334 (3) Eighteenth Century European Art
ARTH 335 (3) Art in the Age of Revolution
ARTH 337 (3) Modern Painting and Sculpture, Post-Impress to WWI
ARTH 338 (3) Modern Art and Theory: WWI - WWII
ARTH 347 (3) 19th Century Architecture
ARTH 348 (3) 20th Century Architecture
ARTH 374 (3) Studies in Later 18th and 19th Century Art 01
ARTH 379 (3) Studies: Modern Art and Theoretical Problems 02
ARTH 474 (3) Studies in Later 18th and 19th Century Art 03
ARTH 479 (3) Studies: Modern Art and Theoretical Problems 04

V. Contemporary Art (1945 to Present)

ARTH 336 (3) Art Now
ARTH 339 (3) Critical Issues - Contemporary Art
ARTH 356 (3) Modern & Contemporary Chinese Art
ARTH 510 (3) The Body and Visual Culture

VI. Sites of Visual Culture

ARTH 300 (3) Canadian Art to 1914
ARTH 301 (3) Canadian Art 1914 - Present
ARTH 302 (3) Aspects of Canadian Art
ARTH 321 (3) Visual Culture of the Dutch Republic
ARTH 325 (3) Visual Culture Renaissance Venice
ARTH 406 (3) German Architecture

VII. Medium and Media

ARTH 326 (3) Print Culture and the City
ARTH 360 (3) Photography and Art
ARTH 457 (3) Brushwork in Chinese Painting

VIII. Selected Topics

ARTH 353 (3) Selected Topics in Art History 1
ARTH 354 (3) Selected Topics Art History 2
ARTH 420 (3) Selected Topics in Art and Architecture 1
ARTH 421 (3) Selected Topics in Art and Architecture 2
ARTH 422 (3) Selected Topics in Art and Architecture 3
ARTH 447 (3) Independent Research Course
ARTH 460 (3) Studies in Architectural History 1
ARTH 461 (3) Studies in Architectural History 2
ARTH 490 (3) Museum Internship

Note: In addition to architectural courses given by the Department, program students are encouraged to consider courses given in the School of Architecture and the Departments of East Asian Studies and Philosophy which may, upon consultation with the Department, be regarded as fulfilling part of the requirements.

ARCH 250 (3) Architectural History 1
ARCH 251 (3) Architectural History 2
EAST 303 (3) Current Topics: Chinese Studies 1
PHIL 336 (3) Aesthetics
PHIL 436 (3) Aesthetics 2
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Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Communication Studies (18 credits)

The Minor Concentration Communication Studies provides undergraduate students with a critical understanding of the role that communications media and communication technologies play in a society. It offers students intellectually challenging and innovative instruction in key traditions of Communications and Media Studies and new theoretical and methodological practices being developed in the field. The courses included in the program focus on issues of the relationship between communication, democracy and urban life, the social life of communication technologies, the historical development and transformation of media and communication forms, institutions, practices and technologies, and the mass media representation and mobilization of social difference.

Required Course (3 credits)

COMS 210 (3) Introduction to Communication Studies

Complementary Courses (15 credits)

5 courses in Communication Studies selected from:

COMS 200 (3) History of Communication
COMS 230 (3) Communication and Democracy
COMS 300 (3) Media and Modernity in the 20th Century
COMS 310 (3) Media and Feminist Studies
COMS 320 (3) Media and Empire
COMS 330 (3) Media in Cultural Life
COMS 340 (3) New Media
COMS 350 (3) Sound Culture
COMS 354 (3) Media Studies of Crime
COMS 361 (3) Selected Topics Communication Studies 1
COMS 362 (3) Selected Topics Communication Studies 2
COMS 400 (3) Critical Theory Seminar
COMS 410 (3) Cultures in Visualization
COMS 425 (3) Urban Culture & Everyday Life
COMS 490 (3) History and Theory of Media
COMS 491 (3) Media, Communication & Culture
COMS 492 (3) Power, Difference and Justice
COMS 495 (3) Directed Reading
COMS 497 (3) Independent Study
COMS 510 (3) Canadian Broadcasting Policy
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