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History of Art, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #62 (ARWU) Nashville, TN, United States
The History of Art program offered by Vanderbilt University treats critically the major fields in world art, from ancient through modern, and serves to connect the arts to the other humanities. Interdisciplinary by definition, the department encourages students to develop both visual and cultural literacy by extensive study of works of art and the historical contexts in which they were created.
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Images are both subtle and ambiguous; they can both complement and contradict other texts. The ability to see, interpret, and evaluate visual images of all types is an ever more important skill set in the increasingly visual world. From cave painting to computer-generated virtual realities, students endeavor to engage the visual legacy of the past while preparing to function in the realm of the non-textual.

Key facts

  • The Vanderbilt University offers a History of Art major, plus art and architectural history minors. We encourage students to consider courses in cognate disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Courses are offered at all levels and in most major subfields of the discipline. Students who major in history of art are required to take at least two advanced seminars that are closely related to the faculty’s areas of research and publication. These courses offer an important opportunity to interact closely with professors while pursuing a focused research topic.
  • The Visual Resources Center is a dynamic entity, providing not only imaging services (including a searchable online database of images—DIMLI), but also serving as a key facilitator in cutting-edge digital humanities projects through their fearless exploration of engaging new technologies. The university also has access to the ARTstor digital image library. These collections are available for advanced undergraduate research. In addition, the Fine Arts Gallery oversees an active program of exhibitions and a varied study collection related to history of art courses.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Roman art and architecture
  • Medieval art
  • Renaissance and Baroque art
  • American art

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General Requirements

  • All required parts of the Coalition Application, Common Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Optional for students applying for fall 2021 entry:  SAT or ACT scores 
  • Official results of the TOEFL, TOEFL Special Home Edition, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Duolingo English Test if applicable
  • A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nashville

  • 1183 - 2200 USD/month
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