Santa Clara University

Department of Art and Art History

About the Department of Art and Art History

The Department of Art and Art History offers majors in studio art and art history leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Both majors integrate theory with practice, so that students choosing studio art will acquire a foundation in art history and those studying art history will acquire practical experience in the process of making art.

Visual art is a fundamental form of non-verbal communication and personal expression. The studio art program offers a comprehensive foundation that gives its majors the necessary skills to pursue graduate study or careers in the arts. Many studio art majors are using their creative skills in the computer industry and related image and graphics companies. The studio art curriculum also provides non-majors the chance to express thought and feeling in a hands-on visual environment.

Studying the history and criticism of art develops important skills of research and analysis, reflection and discrimination, and oral and written communication. Art history majors often pursue graduate study as well as jobs in arts administration for museums, galleries, and other professional, commercial or community arts organizations, The knowledge and skills developed in art history courses also offer an excellent preparation for careers in business, communication, education, government, and law.

The department offers a wide range of course work including courses to satisfy numerous Core requirements, including Culture and Ideas 1, 2, and 3, Diversity, Advanced Writing, and Arts. In addition, many of our courses fulfill Pathways requirements.

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