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Art History

New in Fall 2016, Coastal Carolina University's Art History program explores art from its very beginnings to today, from cave paintings to the Italian Renaissance to American graphic novels to the birth of photography, while giving you both context and inspiration for your own artistic and scholarly endeavors. 

What You'll Study


  • Study abroad programs are offered each summer to destinations such as Italy, France, England, Greece, China and Thailand.
  • You can apply your knowledge of art history through our digital reconstruction program, Ashes2Art, housed in the Digital Commons.
  • The award-winning visual arts faculty is known regionally, nationally and internationally.
Experiences Beyond the Classroom

Career opportunities for art history majors include art critic, art dealer, art director, art editor, art librarian, art therapist, exhibits specialist, gallery director, medical and scientific illustrator, professor/instructor/teacher, publishing, curator, set designer, textile designer, visual information specialist, and more.


Courses and Faculty

Some of our courses include:

Critiquing the Museum This course involves travel to museums and galleries in order to broaden our understanding about how viewers perceive and interact with art in various settings. We will consider how our responses are infl-enced by the manner of display, and the environment within which an exhibition is mounted. Travel destinations have included New York, Greece, Spain, Northern Europe, Oxford, and Paris, and may vary each time the course is offered.

Ashes2Art: Digital Reconstructions of Ancient Monuments. Ashes2Art combines cutting edge digital technologies, art history, graphic and web design, and digital photography to recreate monuments of the ancient past. The course is completely hands-on and provides an extraordinary opportunity for students to combine various skills from disparate disciplines. Students will conduct focused research on a specificmonument (or city or object), write essays that summarize various opinions, and document those sources with an extended bibliography. Students then incorporate that research into a web-based project utilizing cutting edge technologies, including Adobe Photoshop, Google Earth, Sketch Up, Panoweaver, Tourweaver, Studio Max, Dreamweaver, Cinema 4D and Macromedia Flash animation.


Elizabeth Howiemodern 
Stephanie Millerrenaissance 
Leslie Wallacenon-western


Easton Selby, MFA
Professor of Photography, Visual Arts Chair
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