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School of Creative Arts

Art History — Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts


Bachelor's degree

4 years

minor, extended minor

How to apply

Start date:
January, September, May 

Abbotsford campus



  • Field trips enhance classroom learning
  • Program eligible for financial aid


As a part of UFV’s Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programs, you can opt to take Art History as a minor or extended minor.

Art history is the study of art, human expression, and how they have changed over time. By sharpening your attention to detail, learn how to interpret the evidence found in various works of visual art, architecture, fashion, and design.

In your first and second year, you are introduced to the wide collection of art produced during time periods ranging from prehistory to the present, while considering their historical and cultural contexts.

In your third and fourth year, you discover the wealth of visual art during major eras of history such as, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, pre and post-World War II, as well as the present. Delve into topics such as the rise of art academies, art theory, religious conflict, colonial expansion, and museum practices.

Program fieldwork includes touring local collections, with opportunities to travel to regional and international galleries and museums.

By the end of the program, you are equipped with the vocabulary and historical savvy to analyze the breadth of visual art created throughout history.


In British Columbia, 8.6 million people visit museums, galleries, and cultural centres annually. Consequently, the gallery, library, archives, and museum sector (known as the GLAM sector) needs graduates who have received training in the visual arts and art history to fill the 88,000 culture job openings in B.C. — 3.8% of all jobs in the province.

Visual Arts grads with art history training can also leverage their critical thinking, writing, and visual skills to pursue careers in fields such as journalism, teaching, law, public relations, fundraising, or marketing.

Strengthening your visual understanding of the world prepares you for a career working in the arts and culture field and equips you for graduate study in areas such as heritage resource management, museum studies, library and archival studies, tourism, and teacher education. You may go on to work as an archivist, artist, curator, collection manager, museum educator, teacher or tour guide.


The entrance requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts degree will apply to the Art History program.


This program is open to international students


Students who do not meet the entrance requirements can upgrade in order to meet prerequisites for university classes.

Make an appointment with an Upgrading and University Preparation advisor to discuss your upgrading needs.


Phone: 604-864-4674
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441, ext. 4674
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