Cultural Studies

Art History Program

DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL STUDIES-ART HISTORY (58 Code)

Art History holds front-line responsibility for teaching aesthetic, cultural diversity and visual literacy in all its forms relying on the tradition and discipline of art history.  The faculty of Art History seeks to serve the students of the university as a whole as well as the greater regional community.

The development of analytical and critical thinking skills and of intelligent appreciation is the aim of the art history classes taught at UMASS Lowell.  The acquisition of analytical and critical thinking skills introduces the students to the analysis and interpretation of works of visual art, as well as to the subjective matters of taste and patronage in historical eras.  Within art history the material defined as visual arts has extended beyond canonical works to encompass commercial and popular imagery, including graphics, photography, film, video, television, and computer art, in sum multimedia. 

Art history classes are designed to cultivate, visually literate viewers of artwork.  Application of the idea of literary to vision assumes that may be understood as a language.  A language of vision is built upon an understanding of visual images and an increase the perception of visual awareness.  The skills in visual analysis and interpretation designed in art history courses introduce students to methods of visual analysis and to specific subjects of cultural importance, at the same time as they learn features of different cultures.  Common to all of art history courses are emphasis upon the interpretation of visual texts; meaningful introduction to cultural activities from a range of nations, the historical context in which art forms were created, sponsored and acquired.  Students taking courses in art history who are new to art learn to clearly organize their perceptions of and thoughts about artwork.  Students are taught in art history classes to translate experience of artwork into written form; therefore, paradigms of descriptive art criticism are provided for study, interpretation, and analysis.  Art history classes provide appreciation in aesthetic experience as well as distinction and analogies between aesthetic and ordinary experience.  Art history students educated and trained in the humanities achieve these skills in order to professionally compete in our technological society.

Teaching a student in the sciences to be creative in his or her thinking is not very different from molding and shaping a humanist.  Recognizing that we are a university focused on the sciences, engineering, management, education, and health, we are confident, nevertheless, that our educational strategies and humanistic and art historical goals support the mission of the university, emphatically and wholeheartedly.

There are two-degree programs in Art History. A Bachelor of Art in History with a concentration in Art History offered in the Department of History and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts with a concentration in Art History offered by the Department of Cultural Studies.  Minor and Interdisciplinary studies are also offered.

Bachelor of Art in History

 with a Concentration in Art History

The Bachelor of Art in History with an Art History Concentration is a baccalaureate degree program offered in the Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences. A Bachelor of Art in History with a concentration in Art History consists of the following.

ART HISTORY CONCENTRATION

Art History is a humanistic discipline that is philosophically related to the liberal arts. It aims to study the arts in relation to the life and time out of which they spring from western and non-western cultures. It includes a comprehensive study of the historical periods, cultural expressions, aesthetic judgments, and artistic choices manifested in architecture, painting, sculpture, graphics and related processes, and artifacts from Ancient to the present. By examining the intellectual and scientific events that have shaped the creation of art and civilization, students are able to assess aesthetically and critically the artistic products of past and present cultures. Art History assists students to develop aesthetic and critical judgments as well as writing and verbal skills.

By pursuing a concentration in art history students can prepare for a variety of careers in art history and related liberal art majors, such as museum researchers, museum, gallery or corporate curator, museum conservator, slide librarian, architectural and museum tour guide, urban and architectural landscape designer, art editor and director in publishing companies, book and journal designers, teaching, graduate studies as well as community oriented cultural programs.                 

REQUIREMENTS:

An art history concentration in the Bachelor of Arts in History consists of 36 to 45 credits distributed with the following requirements. All courses are selected in consultation with the Art History Coordinator in the Department of Cultural Studies affiliated with the Department of History. 

1. Two Foundations Art History courses (6 credits)

History of Art I (58-203) and History of Art II (58-204). All art history students must take History of Art I and II before enrolling in upper level art history courses

2. Two Foundations History courses (6 credits)

Western Civilization to 1715 (43-105) and The Modern World (43-106)

3. Art History Elective (9 credits or three courses minimum, from this selection 6 credits or two courses must be at the 300 level and above, or maximum 18 credits or 6 courses, from this selection 12 credits or four courses must be at the 300 level and above)

4. History Elective (9 credits or three courses, at least 6 credits or two courses at the 300 level, related to the art historical period of the student's course of study)

5. Practicum Experience or Directed Studies in Art History or History (6 credits)

6. Reading knowledge of foreign language related to art historical interest or concentration is strongly encouraged

For course descriptions, see catalogue in http://isis.uml.edu 

Bachelor in Liberal Arts

Art History Concentration (CU 58)

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA) is a baccalaureate degree program offered only to humanities and social sciences students in the College of Arts and Sciences. A Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA) with an Art History Concentration consists of the following.

ART HISTORY CONCENTRATION

Art History is a humanistic discipline that is philosophically related to the liberal arts.  It aims to study the arts in relation to the life and time out of which they spring from western and non-western cultures.  It includes a comprehensive study of the historical periods, cultural expressions, aesthetic judgments and artistic choices manifested in architecture, painting, sculpture, graphics and related processes, and artifacts from Ancient to the present.  By examining the intellectual and scientific events that have shaped the creation of art and civilization, students are able to assess aesthetically and critically the artistic products of past and present cultures.  Art History assist students to develop aesthetic, analytical and critical judgments as well as writing and verbal skills.

By pursuing a concentration in art history students can prepare for a variety of careers in art history and related artistic cultural professions, such as museum researcher and conservator, museum, gallery or corporate curator, multimedia librarian, art editor and director in publishing companies, teaching K-12, undergraduate and graduate education as well as community oriented cultural programs. 

REQUIREMENTS

Art History courses fulfill the General Education Requirement for Historical Studies, Aesthetics and Cultural Diversity. The art history concentration is designed to develop and foster historical, aesthetic and multicultural appreciation of art as well as analytical, critical and theoretical knowledge of art.  Art history courses are taken under the auspices of the History Department in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

An art history concentration in the Bachelor of Liberal Arts consists of 24-30 credits (8 to 10 courses) distributed with the following requirements, all courses are selected in consultation with the Art History Coordinator:

1.Two Foundations Art History courses (6 credits)
   History of Art I and History of Art II
(All art history students must take History of Art I and II before enrolling in upper level art history courses)

2. Art History Elective (15 to 18 credits or five courses to six courses, from this selection 9 credits or three courses must be at the 300 level and above)

3. Practicum Experience or Directed Studies in Art History (3 or 6 credits or one to two courses) 

4. The second concentration in the Bachelor of Liberal Arts must be selected in the following areas: Cultural Studies, Economics, English, History, Languages, Legal Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Gender Studies (24 to 30 credits or 8 to 10 courses) with at least half at or above the 300 level. 

5. Reading knowledge of foreign language is strongly encouraged.

6. Correlated courses in music history, comparative arts or interdisciplinary programs (Cultural Studies, Western and Non-Western Cultural Heritage, Film Studies, Latin American Studies, Gender Studies) are strongly encouraged as free electives.

For course descriptions, see online catalogue in Isis: http://isis.uml.edu  

ART HISTORY MINOR

A minor in art history consists of 18-24 semester credits selected in accordance with the following specifications: two foundation art history courses (History of Art I and II). In addition, 12 to 18 credits must be completed in art history courses, and no fewer than six semester credits offered for the minor shall be completed at the 300 level or above. Practicum in art history is strongly encouraged. Course work is selected in consultation with the Art History Coordinator.

ONLINE INSTRUCTION: Art History Without Boundary

The goal of these specialized on-line classes is to provide instruction in art history to non-traditional students. Although Art History is a traditional humanistic discipline its pedagogy and methodology are multicultural and multimedia; therefore, the field is open to the application of the new teaching technology, such as distance learning or classroom without walls. Hence the aim is to (1) incorporate contemporary technology in art history courses and (2) to make available this new type of instruction to a wider student audience at UMASS. See http://www.umassonline.net

Internship

Open to all art history students who wish to develop special skills in museum research preservation and curatorial experience, art historical visual apprenticeship in local museums and multimedia application for art corporations or private industry.

Undergraduate Student Symposia

Every academic year there is a symposium in art history. Outstanding undergraduate students in art history are selected for the presentation.

Honors Program

Students who wished to receive advanced excellence in Art History may enroll in the Honors Program and attend classes under such coding.  Under the tutorship of an art historian an Art History thesis on a specific theme, art theory or artist is required by the completion of the program.

Transfer Students

Student transferring to the College and wishing to concentrate in Art History must make individual arrangements with the Art History Coordinator regarding satisfaction of art history course requirements.

European Summer Program

Art History courses for credit are offered in various countries in Europe during the winter and summer sessions.  The art history courses generally take place in Europe (England, France, Italy, Greece and Spain) or Latin America (Mexico and Costa Rica)

Art History Club

Provides an opportunity for all art history students to participate in field trips, conferences and symposia as well as visiting exhibition and museums in New England, New York and Washington DC.