Studio Art with an Emphasis in the History of Art & Visual Culture
Learn about art history while building your practice.
If your interest in art isn't just the creation of work but the inspiration behind it, then the Studio Art with an Emphasis in the History of Art & Visual Culture program is your path to a rewarding career. Our practice-based major focuses on modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on curatorial practices, theory, and criticism. 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.
Our graduates go on to work as art critics, preservation and conservation experts, gallery directors, conservators, antiques dealers, collection managers, artist representatives, art investment consultants, art law specialists, art advisors and consultants, corporate curators, visual resource curators, art administrators, estate appraisers, art history teachers, and writers, as well as attend graduate school.
Explore up-close student studios in The Amelita Mirolo Fine Arts Building
You'll have access to:
Battelle Hall: sculpture and jewelry
Kinney Hall: ceramics, printmaking, and glass lab
The Amelita Mirolo Fine Arts Building: drawing and painting
Three galleries used exclusively for student exhibitions
A well-equipped slide-shooting/ documentation studio
Beeler Gallery, which—with its rotating series of exhibitions and visiting artists and scholars— functions as an important classroom space
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.
Art history teacher
Art investment consultant
Art law specialist
Preservation and conservation expert
Visual resource curator
9/11 Memorial Museum
Argo & Lehne Jewelers
Art Institute of Chicago
Art Preservation Services
Carnegie Mellon University
Cleveland Museum of Art
The Ross Art Museum