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Art History


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 history 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.


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:

Related Majors

Discover these related majors:

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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