Art History

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Examine a wide range of art historical periods and topics, as well as critical theories, while taking into account the constantly extending reach of visual studies in a globalized world. Many fields connect and inform art historical study – you can find a wide variety of courses in other Faculty of Arts departments to complement your studies.

This program is also offered at UBC's Okanagan Campus
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Art History provides you with an excellent foundation for further advanced studies. The breadth of courses offered is unique in Canada, providing skills in historical and critical analysis. Majors may concentrate in one of three areas: arts of Europe and the Americas, arts of indigenous Americans (pre-Hispanic and First Nations), or arts of East and South Asia. Cross-listed courses in the arts of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East may be counted toward your Major in Art History. You can select a Major, Minor, or Honours degree, or a Diploma in Art History.

Campus features

The innovative Visual Resources Centre is a major Faculty of Arts resource for digital images, film, video, and more.  The internationally recognized Morris & Helen Belkin Gallery includes in its mandate the investigation of contemporary approaches to art history.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
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