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Art History, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The Art History program of San Francisco State University takes advantage of the Bay Area's rich cultural resources, galleries, and museums. Students are encouraged to gain hands-on experience and practical knowledge of the field through an internship. The art history major prepares students for many kinds of careers, including administrative or curatorial positions in museums, galleries, and auction houses, writing editorial positions, or for graduate school in art history, museum/curatorial studies, or conservation.

Programs Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion of the B.A. in Art with a Concentration in Art History, students will:
  • Gain breadth and depth of knowledge of art history globally: identify major artists, works, movements; define key terms, concepts, and theories; and understand diverse historical, social, political, cultural, and ideological perspectives.
  • Demonstrate skills in critical thinking, formal analysis, and visual literacy to interpret and evaluate the meaning of art and visual culture.
  • Gain verbal expression and oral presentation skills in both informal discussion and formal context.
  • Become proficient in writing and research skills in both informal discussion and formal contexts.
  • Understand and apply art historical methodology and theoretical models.
  • Show evidence of curiosity, risk-taking, experimentation, problem-solving, collaboration, and compassion in class discussion, small group work, and research/writing.
  • Understand the ethical dimension of artistic practice and scholarship within a global context and in relationship to the dynamics of power—including those of class, gender, race, and geopolitics—as expressed through visual, spatial, institutional, and ideological practices.
  • Gain a basic knowledge and understanding of artistic practice and process, and be able to draw on such knowledge in the interpretation of works of art, as well as to enrich their research and scholarly process.

Career paths

Opportunities for the graduate with a bachelor’s degree in art vary depending on the student’s initiative and inclinations. Students dedicated to creative expression in art practice, or scholarly research in the history of art, may elect to pursue graduate education. Others may find opportunities for technical or on-the-job training in related fields. A course in exhibition design is offered in the professional environment of the Fine Arts Gallery and provides intense, practical, and theoretical training for gallery and art museum careers. Art and art history students with an interest in working with visual artifacts, and with the diverse professional aspects of presenting art and artists elect courses in this popular area.

Graduate degrees open the door to teaching positions at the college-university level. Students who elect to pursue careers outside the arts may find access to more rewarding cultural life experiences through their visual arts education.

An art minor is offered for students who wish to pursue a secondary interest in art on a structured basis.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Fall - TBD

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Western Art History
  • Asian Art History
  • Introduction to Digital Media Arts
  • Introduction to Textile Art
  • Drawing
  • Printmaking

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

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    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.

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    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: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 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 and submit the CSU Application
  • Students will be required to submit official, original or certified/attested copies of all original academic documents in the original language of issue
  • Applicants who are presently attending a college or university in the United States must, in addition to their international records, submit official transcripts of all work completed and in progress
  • Applicants must be qualified to enter a university in their home country and have a good scholastic record from an accredited/recognized school
  • All applicants for admission to the University must pay a $55.00 application fee
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7440 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    7440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7440 USD per year 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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