• The Department offers courses of study in:  (1) the history of art, (2) the practice of art (studio), and (3) film and media studies.  Courses focus on the meaning of images and media, and their historical development, roles in society, and relationships to disciplines such as literature, music, and philosophy.  Work performed in the classroom, studio, and screening room is designed to develop a student's powers of perception, capacity for visual analysis, and knowledge of technical processes.

    To find courses in a particular quarter, please click on the links to your right, or visit Stanford Explore Courses. You can find syllabi for  courses offered through the Department of Art and Art History by visiting Stanford Syllabus.  All courses are subject to change. 



















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

J'al des papillons noir tous les jours

Silk, paper, plexiglass, lights, electronics, 2800 bug pins

Gail Wight

Off the Charts: the Song-Poem Story

A film by Jamie Meltzer

Courtesy: Joshua Forney

Nesting Nautilus


Laser-cut plywood

John Edmark