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Art History, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #901 (ARWU) New York City, NY, United States
As an Art History major at Union College, you will study a broad range of visual communication across historical periods and cultures – from Renaissance masterworks, Chinese scroll paintings and modern art to the art and science of painting – as you explore how societies throughout history have defined themselves through art.
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Overview

This bachelor degree in Art History is offered at the Union College. The Department of Visual Arts offers a dynamic program that features small classes with individual attention and actively engaged professors. Interdisciplinary opportunities include work with Asian studies; American studies; Latin American and Caribbean studies; Africana studies; gender, sexuality and women's studies; film studies; and art conservation.

The department sponsors field trips to museums in New York City and other locales. Students also learn from original works of art in the College's Mandeville Gallery and the special collections of Schaffer Library, home to many rare prints, photographs, manuscripts and artifacts. Each spring, Art History majors present their research at Steinmetz Symposium, a day-long research festival.

Beyond campus, students can take advantage of a departmental term abroad in Italy (Florence) and mini-term in France (Paris). Internships and other forms of specialized study can be arranged with the Union College Permanent Collection, art galleries and museums in the Capital Region, as well as in New York City, Washington, D.C., and abroad.

Careers After Union

  • Our graduates have secured jobs in major museums, galleries, auction houses and libraries. 
  • Advanced study in the field can lead to positions in museum curating, teaching art history and visual culture, art conservation, historic preservation, publishing, and advertising and communications.

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 include: 
  • Islamic Art and Architecture
  • Medieval Art and Architecture of Northern Europe, 5th-15th Century
  • Introduction to European Painting and Sculpture, 17th-20th century
  • Arts of China
  • Arts of Japan
  • Arts of India

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Apply online using the Common Application or the Coalition Application.
  • Union is SAT/ACT optional 
  • TOEFL, IELTS or the Duolingo English Test is required for all applicants whose first language is not English.
  • Interviews are required for all Chinese and Vietnamese citizens and are recommended for all applicants.
  • CSS Profile and Financial Forms are required for all those applying for need-based financial aid.
  • Other requirements: Essay (part of the online application), Official Secondary School Transcripts/Exam Scores, Teacher and Counselor Recommendation Letters.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56853 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56853 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56853 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56853 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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