History of Art & Visual Culture

Discover yesterday and connect it to today.

If your interest in art isn't just the creation of it but the inspiration behind it, then the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis in History of Art & Visual Culture program is your path to a rewarding career. A practice-based major, it focuses on modern and contemporary art and centers on two tracks: curatorial practices and theory and criticism. The coursework features a combination of studio, research and practicum experiences to link the study of art history to the diverse worlds of contemporary art production and presentation. You'll unravel the stories behind great works of art, ranging from monumental to small-scale, while learning about the artists’ lives and societies in which their visions were created. And you'll be prepared for positions in museums, galleries, auction houses and publishing, as well as graduate-level study.

FACILITIES

You'll have access to:

  • Battelle Hall (sculpture and jewelry), Kinney Hall (ceramics, printmaking and the glass lab) and The Amelita Mirolo Fine Arts Building (drawing and painting)
  • Four galleries used exclusively for student exhibitions
  • A well-equipped slide-shooting/documentation studio
  • Semi-private studios
  • The Beeler Gallery, which — with its rotating series of exhibitions and visiting artists and scholars — functions as an important classroom space as well

Student and alumni works

  • Film Reflection #4, Art History, Caroline Mae Stidworthy
    Film Reflection #4
    Art History
  • Digital Photography, Art History, Caroline Mae Stidworthy, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Digital Photography
    Art History
     
  • Experimental Drawings, Art History, Kilee Price, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Experimental Drawings
    Art History
  • Fragments and Anti-Social, Art History, Veronica Spencer, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Fragments and Anti-social
    Art History
  • Daniel, Art History, Caroline Mae Stidworthy, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Daniel
    Art History
     
  • Catalyst, Art History, Kilee Price, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Catalyst (resting) and Catalyst (active)
    Art History
     

Careers

Whether you dream of curating at the Museum of Modern Art in New York or starting your own gallery in your hometown, you can follow in the footsteps of CCAD grads who have launched careers at every level of the industry.

Antiques dealer
Architectural conservator
Art administrator
Art advisor/consultant
Art critic
Art history teacher
Art investment consultant
Art law specialist
Artist representative
Collection manager
Corporate curator
Estate appraiser
Freelance writer
Gallery director
Preservation and conservation expert
Visual resource curator

Employers

  • American University
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Art Preservation Services
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Ceramics Monthly
  • Christie's
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Museum of Science and Industry Chicago
  • National Museum of the USAF
  • 9/11 Memorial Museum
  • Noguchi Museum

Credit hours

Requirement
Program Requirements 54
CORE Studio Requirements 36
CORE Liberal Arts Requirements 30
Total
120

Course information

Check out the course requirements chart on the major flyer.

Full-time faculty

Jeannine Kraft, Department Head of History of Art & Design, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Associate Director of CORE Liberal Arts
  • Department Head of History of Art & Design
jkraft@ccad.edu
614.437.7316
Brittany Campbell, Program Liaison, Fine Arts and Art History, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Program Liaison, Fine Arts and History of Art and Visual Culture
  • Adjunct Instructor
bcampbell.3@ccad.edu
614.437.7311
  • Assistant Professor
rknotts@ccad.edu
614.437.7416
Visiting Faculty Carol Boram-Hays, CORE Liberal Arts, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Visiting Faculty
cboram-hays@ccad.edu
614.437.7302
  • Assistant Professor
cwinant@ccad.edu
614.437.7256

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