Why Study Art History at New College?
As an Art History student at New College, you will be both intensely challenged and richly rewarded as you acquire a deeper understanding of the major periods and movements of Western art. With small class sizes, advanced seminars and tutorials, and an emphasis on reading scholarship rather than mainstream textbooks, our Art History program functions more like a graduate school program than one you typically find at the undergraduate level. Thanks to an abundance of internship, presentation, research and study abroad opportunities, you will also gain hands-on experience actually learning and using the various methods currently practiced by art historians in the field.
You’ll study the traditional object-based analysis of style and subject matter, as well as the interpretation of art in its broader cultural context, using a variety of methods ranging from social history to feminist theory. You’ll also be encouraged to pursue your personal intellectual interests, arriving at your own definition of what constitutes “art” and formulating your own critical approaches to the discipline.
Our faculty members specialize in everything from medieval, Renaissance and baroque art to surrealism and identity theory in the modern period. Thanks to a special partnership with the adjacent Ringling Museum of Art, we offer classes in contemporary art and contemporary critical theory as well.
All of these factors help our graduates excel when it comes to graduate school placement and to gaining meaningful and rewarding employment as art historians, educators and museum curators, as well as a host of other careers.