History of Art and Architecture

What is History of Art and Architecture?

The Department of the History of Art and Architecture at UC Santa Barbara offers a diverse and innovative curriculum that seeks to foster a critical understanding of the production of art and the built environment. Students study art works and architecture created by civilizations from prehistory to modern times. They evaluate art objects and architecture in their broad cultural contexts, and relate them to the historical circumstances in which they were created and to the people who created them. In doing so, students explore the world of aesthetic expression and study culture through art. The study of art and architectural history opens our thoughts, beliefs, and practical achievements to the multiplicity of cultures and the universality of the artistic experience.

UCSB awards the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in the History of Art and Architecture. Apart from a major in History of Art and Architecture, there is also an emphasis in Architecture and Environment and Museum Studies.

The department offers survey courses in European, American, Asian, African, Islamic and pre-Columbian art, and in the history of architecture and the history of photography. The department also offers a broad range of specialized upper-division (junior and senior level) courses in all of these areas.

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