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Art History, B.A.

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  • 48 months
Sweet Briar, VA, United States
Since the beginning of civilization, cultures have used visual art to display ever-changing values. The study of art history allows a penetrating look at cultures and individuals who shaped them.
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Sweet Briar’s art history program offers courses ranging from introductory surveys to mid-level and upper-level seminars. Students explore art from prehistoric to current periods in Europe; North, Central and South America; Asia; Africa; and the Pacific.

The program is housed in the Anne Gary Pannell Center, home to more than 4,000 pieces of art. As a teaching collection, the art is fully accessible to students and faculty. Students have the opportunity to curate their own exhibitions.

Detailed Programme Facts

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    Rolling Admission after November 1 (decisions and financial aid notifications mailed on a rolling basis after December 17)

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Survey of Art History
  • The Art ot Northern Europe, 1400-1600 
  • European Art c. 1700- 1850 
  • Early Renaissance Art in Italy 
  • High Renaissance and Mannerist Art in Italy 
  • European Art in the 17th Century 
  • Art of the Later Americas 
  • Greek Art and Archaeology 
  • Roman Art and Archaeology 
  • Early Medieval Art 
  • Asian Art 
  • Art in Ancient Egypt 
  • Art of the Early Americas 
  • Prehistoric Art 
  • African Art 
  • Early 20th-Century Art: Fauvism to Surrealism 
  • Contemporary Art 

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Completed application — Sweet Briar will accept either the Common Application or online application.
  • Official transcripts of all academic work completed to date. 
  • If applicable, a list of current (senior year) grades
  • A general recommendation from either a high school guidance counselor or high school teacher which addresses the applicant’s interests, attitudes and academic abilities
  • A standardized test is required. Sweet Briar accepts either the SAT or ACT. Official scores must be submitted directly to the College.
  • A full credential evaluation from World Education Services (WES) of all non-U.S. high school and college transcripts
  • College Board’s International Student Certification of Finances
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      21420 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 21420 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      21420 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 21420 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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