Department Overview

McMurtry Building atrium at day

The Department of Art & Art History is an interdisciplinary department offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in art history, art practice, film and media studies, and documentary film. 

Department Leadership


Pavle Levi

Director of Finance and Operations

Lisa Boissier

Assistant Director of Finance and Operations

Inge Klaps

Assistant Director of Student Services

Jordan Sandoval

Facilities Manager

Joe Lewis

Faculty Leadership

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Degrees Offered

Department courses offer opportunities for students to gain enhanced understanding of the meaning and purpose of the arts, their historical development, their role in society, and their relationship to other disciplines in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, including literature, religion, music, history, anthropology, biology, and computer science.

Work in the classroom, museum, and studio is intended to intensify visual perception of the formal and expressive means of art, to encourage insight into a variety of technical processes, and to deepen engagement with, as well as interpretation of, works of art, architecture, film, design, and visual culture.

Stanford sits on the ancestral land of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Ohlone people. Consistent with our values of community and inclusion, we have a responsibility to acknowledge, honor, and make visible the University’s relationship to Native peoples.