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Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Art & Art History offers the BA degree in Art History, Art Practice, and Film & Media Studies.

The undergraduate programs are designed to help students think critically about the visual arts and visual culture. Courses focus on the meaning of images and media, 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, knowledge of technical processes, and appreciation for the significance of art across a broad chronological and geographical range.



The Art & Art History department counts all courses taken in academic year 2020-21 with a grade of 'CR' (credit) or 'S' (satisfactory) towards satisfaction of undergraduate degree requirements that otherwise require a letter grade. Learn more about Stanford's response to COVID-19 here.

Major/Minor Programs

Art History
Art Practice

Art Practice+CS Joint Major
Film & Media Studies

If you would like to discuss any of the programs with a current student, please contact one of our Peer Advisors.

Coterminal Master of Arts in Art History

Stanford undergraudates, regardless of undergraduate major, who wish to pursue an MA in Art History may apply for the Coterminal Master's Program.

Honors

The Department of Art & Art History offers Honors Programs in Art History, Film and Media Studies, and Art Practice. 
Learn more about honors

How to Declare

Students wishing to declare a major or minor should schedule an appointment with the Student Services Specialist.  At this meeting you will review the program requirements and select a faculty advisor. Students may then declare on Axess, and the Student Services Specialist will approve your declaration request.
Learn more about how to declare