Art History

Quebec CEGEP
Previous year's cutoff:
26.50 overall R-Score
Prerequisite courses:

English 603 (or French 601 for French CEGEP applicants)

Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major Concentration
Honours
Joint Honours
Minor Concentration

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Ontario high school
Previous year's cutoff:
86.80% top 6 average
Prerequisite courses:

4U English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school

Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major Concentration
Honours
Joint Honours
Minor Concentration

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Other Canadian high school
Previous year's cutoff:
86.80% top 5 average
Prerequisite courses:

Grade 12 English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school

Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major Concentration
Honours
Joint Honours
Minor Concentration

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

U.S. high school
Previous year's cutoff:
B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12
Prerequisite courses:
  • Courses must include: English
  • Standardized Tests (Test Optional for Fall 2021):
    • ACT, or
    • SAT and two SAT Subject Tests (in any two different subjects)
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major Concentration
Honours
Joint Honours
Minor Concentration

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Other
Previous year's cutoff:

While the minimum requirement for McGill is the equivalent of a B+ average, most programs will have higher requirements. See the complete admissions requirements for more information applicable to your situation.

Prerequisite courses:
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major Concentration
Honours
Joint Honours
Minor Concentration

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

See the complete requirements

Overview

Through history, art has communicated how people from different times and cultures understand themselves and the world around them. 

As an art history student at McGill, you will learn how trends in art, architecture and visual culture have shifted — from the earliest discovered artefacts, to the Medieval period and contemporary art around the world.

You will learn how the field of art history developed. This program will offer a broad understanding of art historical methodologies and critical theories of the discipline.

McGill offers a range of courses covering diverse times, styles and geographies. You can explore your interests and develop your passions in the field, whether that’s Medieval art & architecture, Renaissance, Baroque and Modern art history, contemporary visual culture, new media, or East Asian art history.


Careers

Art history graduates often pursue graduate studies and research. Many choose to work in museums as curators, directors, archivists, or educators.  

A degree in art history builds a strong understanding of culture and visual communications, and skills in writing and critical thinking. Your degree could lead to work in marketing and communications, community work, journalism, publications, fine arts and more.

You could become a professional:

  • Museum curator
  • Archivist
  • Exhibit designer
  • Art dealer
  • Fundraiser

Photography exhibit at the McCord Museum

Student experience

You could undertake internships at places like museums, art galleries, and artist-run centres as the equivalent of a 3-credit course (ARTH 490) toward your degree.

If you choose to participate, you will gain hands on experience and learn the range of marketable skills required in the field, the importance of group work, and the value of clear writing and presentation techniques. You will also be able to network and find mentors, all while earning credits.


Possible Minors

Minors are a great way to customize your academic experience. Many students use minors to pursue interests outside their major, while others choose minors to complement their degree.

Minors that complement this program:

Learn more about how majors and minors work


Related Majors

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Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Arts.

See the full eligibility information for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application. 

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