SOVA | Art History BA
The program is oriented toward the history of western art, although courses are frequently offered on non-western topics. The foundation for the study of art history in SOVA is a two-semester survey of the history of art. At the intermediate level there are fourteen courses offered on a regular basis, ranging from ancient Egyptian art and architecture to Art Since 1900, and including archaeology, arts of China and Japan, and the history of graphic design. Upper-level courses are designated as special topics courses. In recent years they have ranged from the Seven Wonders of the World to Japanese prints to the History of Photography to the Preservation of Historic Interiors. The major in Art History is a 42-credit degree. In addition to the two semester Survey of the History of Art (2385-86), the student is required to take five courses at the 3000-level. The five courses are chosen from a list of four historical categories, ensuring that the student studies art and architectural history over a broad historical range. In addition, majors are required to take Topics in Criticism and Methodology (Art 4484) and three upper-level topics classes (Art 4384).
Art History, Virginia Tech, School of Visual Arts, Bachelors, Degree, Public University, Virginia
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Art History

OVERVIEW

The program is oriented toward the history of western art, although courses are frequently offered on non-western topics. The foundation for the study of art history in SOVA is a two-semester survey of the history of art. At the intermediate level there are fourteen courses offered on a regular basis, ranging from ancient Egyptian art and architecture to Art Since 1900, and including archaeology, arts of China and Japan, and the history of graphic design. Upper-level courses are designated as special topics courses. In recent years they have ranged from the Seven Wonders of the World to Japanese prints to the History of Photography to the Preservation of Historic Interiors.

 

The major in Art History is a 42-credit degree. In addition to the two semester Survey of the History of Art (2385-86), the student is required to take five courses at the 3000-level. The five courses are chosen from a list of four historical categories, ensuring that the student studies art and architectural history over a broad historical range. In addition, majors are required to take Topics in Criticism and Methodology (Art 4484) and three upper-level topics classes (Art 4384).

 

To provide a broader context for the history of art, majors are also required to take a History course and a Humanities course (focusing on broad cultural and historical periods). To ensure some ‘hands on’ experience, they are also required to take either Art 1204 (Principles of Art and Design) or Art 1404 (Basic Drawing). The Program encourages students to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad and to serve as interns in cultural organizations, especially museums and historical sites.

ART HISTORY MINOR

 The minor in art history is an 18-credit degree.  It consists of the two-semester Survey of the History of Art (Art 2385-86) and two courses at the 3000-level and two at the 4000-level.

Click here to view the check sheet for the art history minor.

MA IN MATERIAL CULTURE & PUBLIC HUMANITIES

This is a new cross-disciplinary degree with two interrelated emphases (material culture and public humanities), which share common intellectual issues and employment goals. This MA degree will produce graduates who will be able to interpret material culture (e.g., physical objects; historical artifacts) within informed historical/ cultural frameworks, so that they are prepared for a wide range of careers in museums, historical societies, and community and cultural organizations. Material culture is the study of material or physical objects, as well as the placement of those objects in critical, theoretical and historical perspectives as the products of distinct cultures. Public humanities bridges the divide between academia and the public by encouraging dialogue between scholars and communities on cultural and social issues.

 

Questions about the MA program? Contact Dr. Elizabeth Fine or Dr. Bailey Van Hook.

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ADVISING

Advising at Virginia Tech is a collaborative process between the student and the advisor leading to the exchange of information that encourages the individual student to make responsible academic and career decisions.  SOVA supports the “I advise You decide” philosophy, as published by NACADA, the global professional organization for academic advising.

  • Students are required to meet with their primary advisor a minimum of one time each semester; more frequent visits are highly encouraged.
  • Students will find the name of their assigned academic advisor(s) on Hokie Spa.
  • Upon successful completion of portfolio review, students will also be assigned a faculty advisor in their specific area of study. The faculty advisor is an additional resource available to students and will assist with internship and career-related matters, supporting students as they prepare for professional advancement opportunities.

Why see an advisor?

Course request and scheduling, to complete a Pathways Planner (4-year plan), tracking of progress toward a degree, for resources and referrals regarding campus or community services, to review degree audit report, to be cleared for graduation, to discuss personal issues that may be impacting academic success, for clarification on policy or procedural information, to transfer credits to Virginia Tech from another institution, to add a 2nd major or a minor, to discuss issues causing missed classes, if you begin to struggle with a particular class or feel you are not being successful, for academic warning/probation/suspension advising, and more! The better informed your advisor is regarding your individual needs or situation, the more they are able to aid in your academic success.

Portfolio Review

Art History develops the analytical and conceptual skills necessary for students to explore visual culture in its historical, social, cultural and political contexts, over a range of periods and styles.

 

Majors in the Art History program take 42 credit hours, and courses are offered on a variety of topics in ancient, early modern, 19th century, contemporary, and nonwestern visual culture.

 

An undergraduate concentration in Art History may lead to graduate studies and careers in teaching and research, while there are also numerous opportunities in museums, galleries, auction houses, archives, and publishing companies.

Internal Transfer Students

 

Internal transfer students (students currently attending Virginia Tech) should contact the School of Visual Arts to discuss options and to be included on our waiting list (“Intend to Major List”). Our BFA programs are restricted majors and there is a waiting list for enrollment. The art history major is not restricted.

We offer a minor in art history, but we do not have a studio art or visual communication design minor at this time.

 

For more information, contact Ray Callahan, rcallah@vt.edu.

 

Prospective Transfer Students

 

NOTE TO TRANSFER APPLICANTS: Bachelor of Fine Arts programs are restricted majors at Virginia Tech. While many transfer students enter Virginia Tech with 30-60 credits, art students do not have all required foundation courses completed and will be placed in first-year art courses. This can significantly impact the number of semesters a student will be enrolled at Virginia Tech in order to complete a BFA degree.
 
Prospective transfer students must contact Tracey Drowne (tproco@vt.edu), Director of Academic Advising in the School of Visual Arts, to discuss a degree completion plan. Prospective students are asked to complete this advising meeting prior to accepting an offer of admission.
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