48 months
666 USD/credit 29970 USD/year
666 USD/credit 29970 USD/year
211 USD/credit 9495 USD/year
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The Art History program from Portland State University offers a broad spectrum of courses covering art created in the earliest days of human culture to the contemporary art scene. You will delve into courses like Italian Renaissance Art, Chinese Painting, Islamic Art, and Latin American Women Artists, as well as thematic courses like Medieval Monsters and Nature into Art.

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Art history is the study of art and visual culture created around the world. We look at art and material culture in its historical context, taking into account the time, location, cultural ideals, philosophy, aesthetics, and techniques involved in its creation.

Through an Art History program from Portland State University , you will learn to look closely, think critically and communicate effectively about the world’s rich and diverse visual culture. We offer a flexible degree path and our dedicated faculty are eager to help you forge an individual course of study based on your interests and career goals.


A bachelor’s in art history prepares you for a variety of careers, providing key skills that are useful in both professional and life experiences. While some of our graduates go on to pursue advanced degrees, many choose careers in the arts, non-profit administration, and other business careers that depend on creative thinking and strong communication skills.

  • Museum or Gallery Curator
  • Corporate Curator
  • Writer and Editor
  • Cultural Specialist
  • Art Conservation and Restoration
  • Museum Marketing and Public Relations
  • Art Consultant
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Appraiser
  • Nonprofit administration

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Nature into Art
  • Medieval Monsters
  • Italian Renaissance Art
  • Latin American Baroque Art
  • Contemporary Art
  • Chinese Buddhist Art
  • Art of War: Representing the Crusades
  • Modern Japanese Painting
  • African Art
  • Art History Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 SCH


On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must have a cumulative (overall) grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 when converted to the U.S. 4.0 grading scale.
  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement. You may be admitted to Portland State University and an Intensive English Language Program (IELP) pathway if you do not meet PSU's English Language Proficiency Requirement. Learn more about PSU’s English language programs.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 666 USD per credit during 48 months.
  • National

    29970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 666 USD per credit during 48 months.
  • In-State

    9495 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 211 USD per credit during 48 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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