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History and Theory of Contemporary Art, B.A.

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  • 48 months
    Duration
San Francisco, CA, United States
The History and Theory of Contemporary Art program of San Francisco Art Institute provides an in-depth critical understanding of the history of the ideas, conditions, institutions, and discourses surrounding contemporary art and culture, and the ways that these factors inform the study, interpretation, analysis and exhibition of art today.
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Overview

Housed in one of the oldest art schools in the county, the program offers students the unique opportunity to develop these studies while mingling with the ghosts of (post)modernism and working side-by-side with current, practicing artists and scholars.

The curriculum of the History and Theory of Contemporary Art program of San Francisco Art Institute provides students with a thorough understanding of the long, global history of art, which is complemented by advanced, topic-based seminars in contemporary art history and theory, and by public programs designed to directly introduce students to a broad variety of transnational artists and scholars. At the program’s end, students pursue a sustained research project of their own design as the culminating capstone to their degree.

Emphasizing research, writing, critical thinking, and methods of analysis that value cultural and social difference, HTCA prepares students to become advanced critics and scholars of art history and theory in a global context.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students demonstrate a thorough grounding in the liberal arts and an informed acquaintance with quantitative forms of analysis — as assessed by written assignments, class presentations, and projects.
  • Students demonstrate general, global knowledge of the history of art and visual culture and substantial and rigorous, cross-cultural knowledge of contemporary artists, art practices, artworks, and exhibitions, with special attention paid to how these discourses and historical figures intersect with critical conversations concerning the production of space — as assessed by analytical written assignments, class presentations and projects that require students to mobilize appropriate theories and criticisms of art.
  • Students demonstrate the ability to situate the discourses of art history and visual culture vis-à-vis other disciplines within the liberal arts and natural sciences, and across a variety of situated, globalized perspectives—as assessed by written course assignments, class presentations and projects, and the BA Senior Thesis Project.
  • Students demonstrate a thorough grounding in the methodological tools, analytical perspectives, and theoretical frameworks central to the discourses of art history and visual culture — as assessed by written course assignments, class presentations and projects and the successful completion of the Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium and the BA Senior Thesis Project.
  • Students demonstrate functional knowledge of the creative process and of the value of creating synergy between a creative practice and rigorous academic investigation — as assessed by successful completion of 12-Credits of studio art courses.
  • Students demonstrate an increasingly nuanced and principled understanding of the possible roles of art and the artist in the world, including roles as agents of social and cultural change — as assessed by written course assignments, class presentations and projects and the BA Senior Thesis Project.

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:

  • Topics and Foundations in Global Visual Culture
  • Topics and Foundations in Contemporary Art
  • Dialogues in Contemporary Art
  • Art History Electives
  • Critical Studies Electives
  • Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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.

General Requirements

  • Online application, including the $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Portfolio and artist statement 
  • Critical essay (BA applicants only)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Official high school/secondary school transcript(s) or CHSPE/GED certificate

Tuition Fee

  • International

    45664 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22832 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    45664 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22832 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

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