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Art History and Theory, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Gunnison, CO, United States
The Art History and Theory program at the Western State Colorado University states that the world’s cultures and past can be explored though the lens Art History & Theory. Immerse yourself in the study of art treasures while shaping yourself as an artist in your own right.
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Overview

The Art History and Theory program at the Western State Colorado University provides a strong foundation in Western and non-Western art history and in theory, emphasizing the development of solid research, writing and presentation skills. Art students are strongly encouraged to study both visual art practices and art history in order to be successful in their area of specialization, achieve the level of training expected of professionals in any field, and, in short, to call themselves “artists.”

The arts are among the oldest forms of record keeping and human discourse—meaningful communication that expresses and shapes cultural ideas and practices. Art historians ask questions and seek answers about artists, patrons, audiences, art worlds, the artistic objects themselves, and when, how and why those works were created.

The Art History & Theory emphasis provides a strong foundation in western and worldly art history and theory, emphasizing the development of solid research, writing and presentation skills. Art students study both visual art practices and art history in order to be successful in their area of specialization and achieve the level of training expected of professionals in any field.

Careers

Art History & Theory graduates are able to place their own work within larger cultural and historic perspectives and enter the professional world with the ability to think critically about artists, movements, cultural history and philosophy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, archivists, curators and museum workers are expected to see 13% job growth by 2026. Related career fields include:  

  • Art and Estate Appraisal
  • Art Conservation & Restoration
  • Art Consulting
  • Art Law and Law Enforcement
  • Exhibits Installation
  • Museum Fundraising and Development
  • Museum Marketing and Public Relations
  • Museum/Gallery Curation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Western is on a rolling admission cycle. However, we recommend that high school seniors apply before the deadline.

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Art: Colonial to Modern 
  • Art Criticism and Critical Theory in Contemporary Art 
  • Women Artists
  • Art of Mesoamerica and the Andean Region of South America 
  • Native American Art of North America
  • Modern Art History, Aesthetics, Theory, and Criticism 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    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:

    6.5

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 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

  • Complete Western’s Online Application or the Common Application.
  • Submit your official high school and/or college transcripts. All documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations of these documents. These documents must be original copies with an official signature and bear the school's official seal, or a certified copy. All academic credit documentation for work completed outside of the United States must submit transcripts to a NACES member credential evaluation service for a course by course evaluation. 
  • Request your official TOEFL, IELTS, ACT and/or SAT exam scores to be sent to Western. 
  • Submit the $50 application fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18096 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18096 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18096 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18096 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6624 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6624 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Gunnison

  • 950 - 1350 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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