Have you ever looked at a photograph, a painting, a building, a sculpture, or even a billboard advertisement and found it so beautiful or perhaps disturbing that you could not take your eyes off it? While art history is for people who find images compelling and historically important, the Art History Department also provides skills that go far beyond the appreciation of art. ‘Literacy’ is the ability to read texts, but to function effectively in modern society you also need to be visually literate, that is, you need skills enabling you to understand how images displayed in your environment effect your actions, desires, and beliefs. Thus, in art history courses you will focus on improving your writing ability and gain valuable experience as a critical thinker while investigating many types of images from many cultures, past and present.
The Art History Undergraduate Association works closely with the Art History Department at UC Irvine. Throughout the year the club organizes lectured events, museum trips, and art exhibitions with their support. The connectivity between the club and the faculty is truly unique and provides students with a face-to-face interaction and acquaintanceship that is not available in most departments on campus. The department offers students with not just essential connections, but also provides different first hand points-of-view that can be applied to all future courses.
Majoring in art history will give you a deeper understanding of all kinds of artifacts, ranging from the ancient to the recent, artifacts from your own culture or from cultures you may know little about. With its strong emphasis on developing higher skills in visual analysis, writing, speaking and critical thinking, Art History provides an excellent preparation for many careers, including medicine and law. Following their graduation, students with a B.A. in Art History have found employment in art galleries, auction houses, and museums, and they have entered graduate programs with a view to careers in university teaching, curatorial work, and art conservation. Other professions that often require expertise in art history include art investment, art law, art librarian, arts organization consultant, corporate curator, estate appraiser, and curator of visual resources.
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