Students in Art History at New College enjoy a benefit that is rare for their counterparts at other leading liberal arts colleges in America. Not only does our program offer the intimate learning environment, advanced seminars and exceptional faculty that one would expect from a small but top notch program in the field, but our campus actually straddles the world-renowned Ringling Museum of Art. Besides offering free admission to our students, the Ringling provides New College’s Art History students with access to the museum’s excellent library as well as regularly scheduled exhibits, lectures and films. Internships and opportunities to present lectures at the museum also afford opportunities for our students to gain real world experience as actual working art historians, which gives them a leg up when applying for graduate school and future employment.
Thanks to a recent partnership with the Ringling, we also have been able to expand our programming in Art History to include classes in contemporary art and contemporary critical theory. These additions help round out our existing core strengths in the medieval, Renaissance, baroque and modern periods.
Based on the training and exposure they receive as part of our program, as well as the personal mentoring they receive from our faculty, many of New College’s graduates in Art History go on to careers in teaching and/or museum and gallery work. Others successfully pursue a wide range of careers, including law, business and the Foreign Service.
As part of the State University System of Florida, New College of Florida is one of the few public liberal arts and sciences honors colleges in the United States. We’re known for our record number of Fulbright Scholars (more per capita than Harvard, Stanford or Yale) and for the high rate of our students going on to graduate school. We offer an individualized, thought-provoking and challenging academic experience. What does that mean? Hands-on research conducted side by side with your professors. Small, intimate classes. Detailed narrative evaluations from your professors. Independent study required to graduate. All in a stunning location right on the water in Sarasota, Florida.