Art History and Visual Studies Courses (AHVS)

Undergraduate Courses

Courses numbered 200 generally consist of introductory level surveys of broad, thematic areas within Art History and Visual Studies. Courses numbered 300 (not normally recommended for first-year students) are usually lecture courses covering a particular region or time period, with a more extensive research requirement for the student. Courses at the 400 level generally involve an in-depth examination of a specific body of material, and assume a certain level of intellectual sophistication and commitment on the part of the student.


100-level courses
101 First-Year Seminar on Art, Images, Experience
120 Exploring World Art
121 Understanding Visual Communication

200-level courses
200 Artists' Materials and Techniques
202 Confronting the Object
222 The Classical Tradition in Western Art
223 Introduction to Western Architecture
230 Monuments of South and Southeast Asia
232 Sacred Form in South / Southeast Asian Art
234 Encountering Renaissance Art
241 The Image of the Artist
251 Introduction to the Arts of Islam
260 Art Icons: Modern and Contemporary
264 Art History and the Lens
268 Introduction to Canadian Art and Architecture
284 Indigenous Arts: Local Themes and Global Challenges
292 Selected Themes in Art History and Visual Studies
295A Introduction to Film Analysis
295B Introduction to Film Studies

300-level courses
300A Masterpieces of Art and Architecture
300B Fakes, Forgeries and Fraud
300C The Destruction of Art
310A Making Art History
310B Presenting Digital Art History
310C Digital Tools for Art History and Visual Studies
310D Environmental Art
310E Topics in Craft and Communities
310F Modern and Contemporary Design
311A Visual Intelligence
311B Looking and the History of Perception
311C The Sacred Gaze
311D Artists and Art History in Popular Culture
311E History of Video Games and Interactive Media
311F Horror Video Games
312 Gender, Identity and Film
321 Late Antique and Early Christian Art
323 Byzantine Art
324 Ancient and Medieval Jewish Art
326 Early Medieval Art
328 Gothic Art and Architecture
329 Medieval Households: People and Possessions
330A Early Arts of South Asia
330B Later Arts of South Asia
330C The Body in Indian Art
332A Bollywood Bound: Popular Visual Culture in India, 1950s to the Present
332B Bollywood Global: Popular Visual Culture in the Indian Diaspora, 1980s to the Present
333A Early Arts of Southeast Asia
333B Later Arts of Southeast Asia
337 Special Topics in Contemporary Asian Art
338 Special Topics in Premodern Asian Art
339 The Global Renaissance
341A Art in Renaissance Florence
341C Michelangelo and Leonardo
342A Baroque Art in Italy 1550-1700
342B Experiencing Baroque Painting
343A Art in Venice 1500-1800
343B The 18th Century in Northern Europe
344A The Art of Travel 1200-1600
345 People and Things in the Early Modern Domestic Interior
346C Visual Culture in Jane Austen's World
348 Introduction to Islamic Archaeology
349 Islam and the West: Artistic Contacts, 1500-1900
351A Painting in Medieval Islam
351B Painting in Iran
352 The Genesis of Islamic Art and Architecture
354 Medieval Islamic Art and Architecture
355A Egypt: Old Kingdom Arts
355B Egypt: New Kingdom Arts and Beyond
357 Arts of Mediterranean Islam, 13th- 20th Centuries
358 Art of the Sultans and Emperors of India
359 Islamic Arts from the Mongol Conquests to Modernity
362A Modern Art in Europe and North America: 1900 to 1945
362B Art in Europe and North America: 1945 to Today
362C Critical Issues in Contemporary Art
363 The Cinema and Modern Art Movements
364 Documentary Film
365 Experimental Film
367 History in Cinema
368B Modern and Contemporary Canadian Art
369 History of Photography
370A Popular Film and Cultural Theory
370B Hollywood Genres
370C Horror Cinema
370D Canadian Film
372A Chinese Art and Architecture
373A Japanese Art and Architecture
381A Modernism and Modern Art: The Arts of the Pacific Northwest
381B Contemporary Art: The Pacific Northwest
382A Indigenous Arts: Arctic, Subarctic
382B Indigenous Arts: Southwest, California, Great Basin
382C Indigenous Arts: Plains, Plateau, Woodlands, Southeast
383 Special Topics in North American Indigenous Arts
383A Arts and Indigenous Ways of Knowing
383B Indigenous Arts and the Internet
384 Northwest Coast Indigenous Arts and Colonization
386 Approaches to Collections and Museums
387A European and North American Architecture, 1750 to 1900
387B Western Architecture since 1900
390 Directed Studies
392 Special Topics in Art History and Visual Studies
397 Impressionism: A Social History
397A A Social History of Post-Impressionism
398A Art and Revolution I
398B Art and Revolution II

400-level courses
411 Seminar in World Histories of Art
420 Seminar in Medieval Art
430 Seminar in the Contemporary Art of South and Southeast Asia
435 Seminar in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Art, c. 1200-1500
447 Seminar in Early Modern Art, c. 1500-1750
449 Seminar in Orientalism in Art and Architecture
450 Seminar in Islamic Art and Civilization
451 Seminar in the Arts of Mughal India
453 Seminar in the Arts of Safavi Iran
460 Seminar in Modern Art I (1870-1945)
461 Seminar in Modern Art II (1945-present)
464 Seminar in Contemporary Art
465 Seminar in 19th- and/or 20th-Century Architecture
478 Seminar in Film Studies
480 Seminar in Contemporary North American Indigenous Arts
482 Seminar in Indigenous Arts
484 Seminar in Contemporary Art: The Pacific Northwest
486A Museum Principles and Practices I: Communities, Curatorship, and Collections
486B Museum Principles and Practices II: Programming, Exhibitions, and Management
487A Heritage Resource Management
488A Managing Cultural Organizations
488B Collections Management
488C Communicating Through Exhibitions
488D Caring for Museum Collections
488G Public Programming
488H Topics in Museum Studies
488J Curatorship
488K Exhibition Planning and Design
488M Topics in Cultural Management
488N Museum Information Management
488P Human Resource Management in Cultural Organizations
488Q Financial Management in Cultural Organizations
488R Planning in Cultural Organizations
488S Building Community Relationships
488U Managing Archival Collections
488V Museums as Learning Environments
488W Social Engagement
488X Curatorial Planning and Practice
488Y Visitor Experiences
489A Heritage Area Conservation
489C Determining Significance of Heritage Resources
489D Studies in Building Conservation
489E Topics in Heritage Conservation
489G Cultural Landscapes
489H Cultural Tourism
489J Conserving Historic Structures
489K Heritage Conservation in Context
489L Heritage Conservation Planning
490 Directed Studies
491A Directed Studies in Cultural Resource Management
491B Practicum in Cultural Resource Management
492 Advanced Studies in Art History and Visual Studies
493 Seminar on the Williams Collection
498 Majors Seminar
499 Honours Seminar

Graduate Courses


500-level courses
501 Colloquium in Theories and Practices
502 Special Topics in Art History and Visual Studies
509 Workshop in Art Historical Writing
520 Seminar in Medieval Art
530 Seminar in the Contemporary Art of South and Southeast Asia
535 Seminar in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Art, c. 1200-1500
540 Seminar in Renaissance Art
545 Seminar in Early Modern Art, c. 1500-1750
549 Seminar in Orientalism in Art and Architecture
550 Seminar in Islamic Art and Civilization
552 Seminar in the Arts of Mughal India
553 Seminar in the Arts of Safavi Iran
554 Seminar in 19th- and/or 20th-Century Architecture
555 Seminar in Canadian Art
560 Seminar in Modern Art I (1870-1945)
561 Seminar in Modern Art II (1945-1990)
563 Seminar in Political Art
564 Seminar in Contemporary Art
565 Seminar in Contemporary North American Indigenous Arts
570 Seminar in East Asian Art
571 Seminar in the Arts of China
578 Seminar in Theory & Film Culture
580 Topics in Cultural Resource Management
582 Seminar in Indigenous Arts
584 Seminar in Contemporary Art: The Pacific Northwest
590 Directed Studies MA Level
593 Seminar on the Williams Collection
598 Research Paper
599 MA Thesis

600-level courses
601 Colloquium in Theories and Practices
609 Workshop in Art Historical Writing
690 Directed Studies PhD Level
693 Candidacy Exam
699 PhD Dissertation