The discipline of art history fosters fundamental research skills, effective writing, and the ability to critically evaluate diverse imagery and ideas.
Coastal Carolina University's Bachelor of Arts in 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
Beginning with foundational art and art history classes, the art history program provides its students with in-depth explorations into the visual and material cultures of past and present civilizations. The program promotes visual literacy expressed through research, vibrant discussions, and critical writing. Further, the global approach to the degree and the interdisciplinary nature of art history will prepare graduates for a variety of culturally rich career paths or graduate school.
- 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
Art History majors are well suited to be more than art historians by trade, especially in the thriving and growing creative class economy. Given the plethora of images in today’s society, understanding the history of visual culture is more pertinent today than ever before. The unique skill sets of students of the program prepare graduates to work in museums and galleries, to become art directors and event planners, or claims adjusters and appraisers, art investors, or even work with the FBI in its art crimes division.
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.
Stephanie R. Miller
Chair, Department of Visual Arts