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Art History

Art History

Major subject – Art History

The world around us is visual and artistic forms are expressed in both works of art and everyday articles. Art History will teach you how to interpret expressions in different periods of human history; in visual art, design, architecture and urban planning. By studying images and architecture, you will gain an understanding of society in different eras and how the lives and values of people have been expressed visually. At the basic level of Art History, you will learn the fundamentals of art and architectural history in Europe from the Stone Age to the present. At the subject and advanced levels, you will gain an understanding of historical and visual research methods. Your studies will teach you how to produce new knowledge and provide you with analytical and critical thinking skills. You will also be able to clearly and incisively talk and write about art.

Art History is a multifaceted subject, ranging from conventional approaches to instruction and free-form discussions to local and foreign excursions. As an Art History student you have a great deal of freedom to create the professional profile you want. Typical minor subjects include history, museology, visual studies, cultural management, cultural analysis with a specialisation in ethnology and folkloristics, gender studies and business administration. You also have the possibility of travelling abroad on an exchange during your studies. Art History can also be taken as a minor subject by students with other major subjects.

In Art History, research is primarily conducted in the following areas:

  • Art theory
  • Art history
  • Political monument art
  • Visual media and culture
  • Art and cultural policy
  • Artist travels, architectural history
  • Urban planning
  • Semiotics
  • Carbon-14 dating of mortar



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Åbo Akademi University
Art History
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