The Department of Art & Art History, comprised of 22 core faculty (as well as numerous adjunct faculty and post-doctoral fellows), is an interdisciplinary department offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in art history, art practice, film studies, documentary filmmaking and design. The department's courses offer myriad opportunities to engage with the visual arts, and to explore their historical development, their role in society, and their relationship to other artistic disciplines.








    The Department of Art & Art History offers courses of study in the history of art, the practice of art, and film and media studies, leading to the following degrees:


    • B.A. in Art History
    • B.A. in Art Practice
    • B.A. in Film and Media Studies
    • M.F.A. in Art Practice
    • M.F.A. in Design
    • M.F.A. in Documentary Film and Video
    • Ph.D. in Art History


    These courses offer special opportunities for the students to increase their understanding of the meaning and purpose of the arts, their historical development, their role in society, and their relationship to other humanistic disciplines such as literature, music and philosophy. Work in the classroom and studio is intended to intensify visual perception of the formal and expressive means of art, and to encourage insight into a variety of technical processes.



    The Department of Art & Art History Chair is Nancy J. Troy, the Victoria and Roger Sant Professor in Art.

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The French Ambassadors of King Henry II at the court of the English King Henry VIII

Oil on canvas

Holbein, Hans the Younger (1497-1543)

Photo credit: Erich Lessing / Art Resource, NY

Favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Robert Dawson

Mirror Mirror


16mm film

Jan Krawitz



Acrylic on Shaped Canvas

Matt Kahn