Why study Art History?

Art History involves the historical interpretation and visual analysis of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other forms of visual art. Works of art are examined as primary sources that reveal much about the human experience past and present. Art historians are experts on the lives of artists as well as the forms, traditions, meanings, and cultural and theoretical context of the visual arts.

This 18 credit hour minor in art history will complement many fields of study, including but not limited to archaeology, anthropology, education, business, fashion design, and others.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to this minor must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in previous college work. To apply, students should turn in the application to the DAAP Student Affairs Office, 5470 Aronoff.

People who are successful in the art history program tend to have both visual and verbal learning styles. Art history is important to students who are passionate about art, enjoy learning, and believe in the value of a broad humanistic education. They study the lives and works of artists and designers and deal with questions about the forms, traditions, meanings and cultural context of works of art, architecture and design of both present and past.

Art history students can prepare for employment as teachers, museum curators, commercial art gallery proprietors or staff, art conservators, art librarians, photographers, journalists, advertising professionals, television and film producers, and many other art-related occupations. Many art history students enter graduate school immediately after graduation, while others enroll after some work experience has led to specialization in a particular area.

Art history students in UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) may focus on different cultures, various periods of time and particular forms of art, such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, architecture, design or the decorative arts. Courses are offered in many areas including Renaissance, Baroque, Asian, Modern, African-American, and American art history and museum studies. Courses in ancient art and architecture are taught by members of the UC Classics Department. Many additional courses in the history of design, architecture and cities are offered in other programs of the college.

Students interested in this minor should work with their major advisors to confirm the compatibility with their major's requirements and course schedules. Questions about the minor should contact DAAP Admissions at daap-admissions@uc.edu or 513-556-1376.

  • The city of Cincinnati, once called the "Queen City of the West" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, provides an excellent array of cultural resources for students who intend to pursue a degree in the visual arts. It offers the energy and assets of a larger city, along with quiet neighborhoods steeped in rich traditions. Cincinnati offers live music venues that range from top-notch symphony and opera companies to a growing pop and rock community. Home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Taft Museum and the Contemporary Arts Center, the city also enjoys the presence of numerous art galleries and a strong support system among practicing artists. Cincinnati is situated within driving distance of Chicago, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and New York City, allowing DAAP students to take advantage of the rich cultural resources of these cities as well.
  • UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) is one of the most comprehensive colleges of its type in the country. A collection of nationally respected design and art programs is housed in a unique and educationally stimulating architectural setting. Architecture students have opportunities to enroll in courses in a range of related disciplines and to participate in interdisciplinary studios or special projects.
  • Students learn creative and technical skills in the studio environment, taught by a passionate faculty who interact with their students on a daily basis. The goal is to guide students as they grow both intellectually and professionally.
  • Other educational opportunities include organized travel semesters, foreign study semesters and student exchange programs in England, Germany and Denmark. Many architecture students also pursue joint degrees and certificate programs within the college and the university.
  • The DAAP college library has an outstanding collection of books, periodicals and visual resources supporting architecture, planning, design, art history and related subjects. Access to library holdings is provided by an automated online catalogue, UCLID, which provides access to the University of Cincinnati Library information database, and through OhioLINK, the holdings of other academic libraries throughout Ohio.
  • The Computer Graphics Center is a state-of-the-art university facility with hardware that includes PCs, Apple computers and peripherals such as scanners, plotters and digital video-editing suites. Students have access to sophisticated graphics equipment and receive hands-on instruction to augment the use of laptops in the classroom. All computing equipment is linked by high-speed Ethernet to facilitate access across the campus.
  • The college supports a Rapid Prototyping Center, which is the home of state-of-the-art equipment that allows students to create communication aids for their design projects. Using CAD (computer-aided design) models, students are able to create physical models using three basic methods: 3-D printing, large format laser-cutting and CNC (computer numeric control) devices, including a Komo CNC Router. This facility is intended for all DAAP students to use in creating large-scale design.
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

DAAP Student Affairs
PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016

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