Art History


Why study Art History?

Art History involves the historical interpretation and visual analysis of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other forms of visual art. Art historians view the work of art as an embodiment of the values of its time and place of origin, and are experts on the lives of artists as well as the forms, traditions, and theoretical context of the visual arts. 

Art history students in UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) have the opportunity to complete internships in local museums, to study a foreign language, and to take a variety of liberal arts electives. Art history majors develop research and writing skills as tools for speaking, writing, and thinking about art and design. Courses are offered in many areas with particular strength in modern and contemporary art, art of the United States, Chinese and Japanese art, African-American art, and museum studies. Courses in ancient art and architecture are taught by members of the UC Classics Department. Additional courses in the history of design and architecture are offered in other programs of the College of DAAP.

Admission Requirements

The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati seeks to attract, enroll, and graduate academically talented students of varied and diverse backgrounds. Success in our programs is largely dependent upon sound academic preparation. In multidisciplinary programs like those in DAAP, students’ insight and perspective are greatly enhanced by exposure to students from different backgrounds, geographies, and co-curricular interests. DAAP has an admissions review process to support these goals. Please note that it’s impossible to predict – or guarantee – what credentials a student will need to gain admission into DAAP, because the size and quality of the applicant pool varies each year.

Please visit the Admissions Office's website for more information, including application materials, requirements, deadlines, and timelines.

People who are successful in the art history program typically have both visual and verbal learning styles. Students entering the program should be passionate about art and believe in the value of a broad humanistic education.  

The skills and abilities developed through a major in Art History prepare students for careers in a variety of fields. The program prepares students for employment as teachers, museum curators, commercial art gallery proprietors or staff, art conservators, art librarians, journalists, arts administration, and many other art-related occupations. Graduate study is necessary to advance in most of these fields. 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.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

An 18-credit hour minor in Art History is available for students interested in learning about the history and development of painting, sculpture, and other visual arts. A minor in Art history complements many fields of study, including but not limited to archaeology, anthropology, education, business, fashion design, and others.

Prospective students are encouraged to explore the information on our website and contact DAAP Student Affairs at 513-556-1376 or with questions. The Transfer and Transition Advising Center is available to assist prospective transfer and transition students. Current DAAP students are assigned an academic advisor based on their major/program. For more information on DAAP advising, please visit the DAAP Undergraduate Advising webpage.

  • 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.
  • 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. 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 study abroad and minor and certificate programs within the college and the university. Students are encouraged to share their interests in these opportunities with their academic advisor.
  • The Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning 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.
  • DAAP’s multiple labs, centers and initiatives support our programs and the creative work and research of our faculty, staff, and students.
  • Computer Requirements: All undergraduate students in this program are required to purchase a personal laptop computer. Each discipline has its own specific recommendations for hardware and software. Please note that these recommendations may be slightly altered as equipment evolves. Therefore, students new to DAAP are encouraged to delay their computer purchase until the summer prior to entering to make the most informed computer purchase. Many of our programs have additional technology requirements for students in the later years of study.

Students must complete a total of 120 credit hours for graduation. An academic concentration must be chosen from the following areas: history, philosophy, classics, language, anthropology, English literature, fine arts, or a suitable substitute agreed to by the student and the advisor.

Students must obtain a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 and, in addition, must have at least a 2.0 grade point average for the senior year to be eligible for graduation. In order to be eligible for graduation with honors, a student must have completed at least 60 semester hours in the college and have earned at least a 3.6 grade point average.

Students seeking to transfer from another regionally accredited university or college must be in good standing to be considered for admission. Students wishing to transfer into a DAAP program should submit a Transfer Application. Transfer students are generally admitted to the first year of our studio-based, co-op programs due to the sequence of studios and co-op. For further information such as minimum grade point average and application deadlines, please refer to the DAAP Transfer and Transition webpage.

Students seeking to transfer from other colleges and programs at UC must be in good standing to be considered for admission. Students wishing to transition into a DAAP program should submit an Application for Change in College and Program. Transition students are generally admitted to the first year of our studio-based, co-op programs due to the sequence of studios and co-op. For further information such as minimum grade point average and application deadlines, please refer to the DAAP Transfer and Transition webpage.

Please visit the university’s Office of Admissions website for general admissions information and application requirements for international students.

Application Deadlines

High school applicants who submit a complete application by the December 1 Early Action deadline will be pooled and reviewed for selection. Early Action applicants can expect to learn their admission decision on Cincinnati Decision Day. This date varies by year and is shared on the university’s Office of Admissions website. Students who apply by December 1 also receive maximum scholarship consideration. Applications received after December 1 may be considered on a space-available basis.

Students seeking to transfer from other colleges and programs at UC or another regionally accredited university or college should submit a complete application for admission by the priority deadline of March 1 for the following academic year.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

All programs in the School of Art are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Contact Information

DAAP Student Affairs
College of DAAP
P.O. Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
(513) 556-1376

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