Study the histories of the visual arts which include photography, sculpture, painting, architecture, video, performances, installation, film, and digital imaging, among other media.

Note: This program is under review. No students will be admitted for the 2018/2019 year.

Quick facts
  • Three or four year degree
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

In addition to studying more traditional art history such as Renaissance and Baroque art you will be exposed to such areas as First People's Art History; Postcolonial Issues in Contemporary Canadian Art; Art of the Internet; Contemporary Performance Art Theory and Praxis; and Studies in Visual Culture. You will learn how visual forms from painting to film to the Internet and popular media, produce meaning in contemporary everyday life.

A first-year schedule sample

This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:

Course Description

Fall Term
ARTH 120 Art and Visual Culture I
MUS 111* MUS 111: History of Popular Music
ENG 114* Literature and Composition Reading Culture
ART 110* Art Today Ideas and Practices
ANTH 111* One World Many Peoples Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Winter Term
ARTH 121 Art and Visual Culture II
DRAM 110* Technical Theatre I Scenic Construction
ENG 113* Literature and Composition Reading Narrative
ART 136* Extended Media I Foundation
HIST 115* History Matters Ideas and Culture

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

  • ARTH 260: History and Theory of European Architecture 1400 to 1700
    An introduction to the architecture of the European states and their colonies 1400 to 1700. The institutional, geographic and social locations of architectural production will be studied. Issues of power, nationalism, and class will be examined.
  • ARTH 309: Art of Late Renaissance 1550 to 1600
    Artistic trends in the second half of the 16th century will be considered in the context of the Council of Trent; special emphasis will be placed upon Late Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, and the painters of the Medicean Studiolo.

  • ARTH 418: Studies in Contemporary Art
    A survey of contemporary international art which includes film, video, performance, as well as more traditional media.

Study abroad
You can take advantage of our unique study abroad opportunities and sign up for international art courses in Europe or Japan.

Our faculty offer distinguished research, dynamic art, experimental teaching methods and community involvement. 

Unique opportunities
We offer a Visiting Artist Program where nationally and internationally renowned artists and lecturers conduct artist talks, seminars, workshops and studio visits.


You will be prepared for rewarding careers in both traditional and modern fields of art and art history.

  • Museum/gallery curator or director
  • Estate appraiser
  • Art buyer/consultant
  • Art therapist
  • Art educator
  • Arts writer
  • Art critic
  • Art/cultural historian/theorist
  • Arts administrator
  • Restoration specialist
  • Visual and design assistant

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $6,347 $17,327
Fees $922 $922
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $8,769 $19,749

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed (2018-2019 Canadian dollar rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

These Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Art History degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

  • Bachelor of Arts Four-year
  • Bachelor of Arts Three-year
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours
  • Bachelor of Arts Double Honours

You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year, three-year or honours degree.

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If you are looking for graduate level (Master or Ph.D.) programs please consult our graduate students' website.

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