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The Art History and Theory (Hons) programme from Bishop’s University is primarily designed to meet the needs of Fine Arts students in Art History and Studio, we welcome students from all disciplines to the many courses that do not have prerequisites. Some of these courses are particularly appealing to students in Cultural Studies and New Media, Popular Culture, Religion, and Public History.


Through the methods and concepts of art history, students learn the ‘visual’ language of images as they acquire knowledge and understanding of all forms of visual arts ranging from earliest cave paintings to latest new media installations, from monumental to miniature.

Using diverse approaches and theories, art is critically analysed in the larger social, cultural, economic, institutional, and ideological context of its production, display, and reception. As students engage with works of art and key texts in art history, theory, criticism, they develop visual as well as verbal and written literacy. Art History fosters creative and critical thinking, inquiry, analysis, and effective communication skills.


Art History and Theory (Hons) students from  Bishop’s University have gone on to graduate programs in art history, museum studies, architecture, art conservation and restoration, and arts administration. Some now work in art galleries and auction houses, others as art appraisers, freelance art critics/writers, independent curators, and university teachers.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Art of Viewing: Introduction to Art History
  • Survey of Western Art I: Prehistory to Medieval 
  • Survey of Western Art II: Renaissance to Modern
  • Renaissance and Mannerism 
  • Baroque and Rococo Art 
  • Neoclassicism and Romanticism
  • Realism to Fin-de-siècle 
  • Twentieth-Century Art to the Sixties 
  • Art Since the 1960s 
  • Canadian Art 
  • History and Theories of Photography
  • Art, Popular and Mass Culture

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Normally have completed 12 years of formal schooling and received a secondary school credential that would permit you access to university in that country. If you are studying at or have graduated from secondary school in a country where secondary school finishes after only 11 years of formal schooling your application will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • Minimum average required varies depending upon curriculum followed; transcripts are reviewed on an individual basis. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    652 CAD/credit
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  • National

    84 CAD/credit
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Out-of Province and French Citizens & Belgian Francophone: $264 per credit

Living costs for Sherbrooke

  • 1080 - 1710 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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