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History of Art, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Moraga, CA, United States
The History of Art program at Saint Mary's College of California  is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to learn how to analyze works of visual art, from prehistory to the latter half of the twentieth century, in a historical context. As a humanities program, it combines the study of the history of art and architecture.
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The History of Art program at Saint Mary's College of California provides students with coursework in archeology, cultural anthropology, religious studies and modern languages. Through the development of critical skills in writing and visual analysis, majors are preparing themselves graduate study in art history, curatorial studies or other related fields. 

The coursework in the history of art, presented alongside courses in archeology, anthropology, religious studies and modern languages, presents the rich tradition of art in the western world, while also inviting students to experience the artistic production of many other cultures. 

The Outcomes Give You

  • A general knowledge of the monuments and principal artists of all major art periods of the past, including a broad understanding of the art of the twentieth century and acquaintance with the art history of non-Western cultures.
  • Functional knowledge of the creative process through foundation or other studio art courses.
  • More specific knowledge, in greater depth and precision of several cultures and periods in the history of art and concentration in at least one area to the upper-division level. Study at the advanced level includes theory, analysis, methodology and criticism.
  • Knowledge of the tools, methodologies and techniques of scholarship.
  • Active research and the writing of analytical, theoretical and critical essays are reinforced throughout the program from the first lower-division survey course to the senior capstone project.
  • An understanding of the role that art has played and can play in encouraging positive social change.
  • The ability to synthesize in written essays the interconnection between various forms of artistic expression.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Survey of World Art: Europe and the United States
  • Survey of World Art: Africa, Asia and the Americas
  • Issues in the Art of Asia, Africa and the Americas
  • Issues in European Art
  • Issues in American Art
  • Issues in Twentieth-Century Art

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 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

  • Original, official transcripts are required. If the transcript is not in English, a certified English translation is required.
  •  Any period of the four year high school record not reflected on the American high school transcript must be sent from all schools attended abroad.
  • Official college records are required for all students who have attended any post-secondary school; each college attended must be listed on the application for admission and official records must be provided from each institution attended.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48988 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48988 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    48988 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48988 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Moraga

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
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