Artsome’s pick of colleges offering History of Art Courses

Artsome’s pick of colleges offering History of Art Courses

  • Posted on: April 9, 2015
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Ekta Niranjan

If you are interested in art and wish to join the art field, studying History of Art will enrich your knowledge deeply and help you greatly in your path to join this ever expanding field. This course lets one acquire the skills of seeing, analyzing and criticizing art along with understanding the culture of different societies that gave birth to different forms. Learning the History of Art entails learning about the times, the history of different cultures, their beliefs and needs, their practices and their indigenous methods of painting or sculpting. It aims to give a holistic understanding of an artwork, which is always more than the sum of its parts. Degrees in History of Art can be very useful in careers with museums, galleries, auction houses, as a critique, writer or curator and is also a very good grounding in appreciation of art in general.

Here are Artsome’s pick of universities in India offering History of Art courses-

JNU- School of Arts and Aesthetics, New Delhi

JNU’s School of Art and Aesthetics offer a very integrated, research oriented, course that is very attractive to students from various disciplines like art history, cinema study, architecture, social science, literature and the like. It aims to teach art, not as a separate discipline, but in a broader context of sociology, gender, history, politics, semiotics and cultural studies. They offer MA, MPhil and PhD courses. The three streams offered are Theater and Performance Studies, Cinema Studies and Visual Studies. The Visual Studies faculty offers several course like ancient and medieval Indian art, Mughal and Rajput paintings, modern and contemporary art, and aesthetic theories. It also aims at teaching the students about the different material and methods used and about the history of different art institutions across India.


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Jamia Milia Islamia- Department of Art History & Art Appreciation, New Delhi

The Department of Art History & Art Appreciation was established in 2007 and is the only one in Delhi to offer an MFA in Art History. It aims to produce a forum for understanding and exploring visual art by learning about its origins and forms in major epochs in Europe, New Eastern and Asian civilizations. It encourages the students to take different analytical approaches to understanding art. The course structure seeks to be at par with the latest developments in the field of contemporary art globally. The course is research based and also delves into curatorial practices and art management. The syllabus includes courses on tribal and folk art, ancient art, medieval art, modern, postmodernism and contemporary art. It teaches the students to cope with the professional needs of Art academicians, art critics, writers, curators and historians.


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Delhi University- College of Art-Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, New Delhi

The Art History specialization offered at College of Art aims to look at the development of art since in conception from the start of civilization to the current times. It looks at art works in the context of the historical, political, religious, gender, functionality and ethnicity and examines such issue. Developing critical skills, creativity, personal ethics and imagination, are an intrinsic part of course. They promote skills needed for professional development in the course.  They provide a BFA in Art History but not a MFA.


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Visva Bharti- Kala Bhavana, Birbhum, Kolkata

Rabindranath Tagore, a painter himself, amongst many accomplishments, founded this institute. It’s Art School- Kala Bhavana, is well known in India for its research and art practice. Kala Bhavana helped give shape to culture specific modernism, which was started by Tagore himself. Ramkinkar Baij, Nandalal Bose and Benodebehari Mukhopadhyay, to name a few, have been associated with the institute in the past. This institute offers BFA, MFA and Bridge courses are offered in History of Art.


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The Maharaja Sayajirao University Of Baroda- Department of Art History & Aesthetics, Vadodara 

This department hosts many national and international seminars, research and art history publications, which have led the University Grant Commission, New Delhi, to recognize them, twice for Special Assistance programme. Baroda University offers a BVA with specialization in Art History and MVA with specialization in Art History. They also offer a doctoral research programme.


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Other institutes like Ambedkar University in Delhi though does not offer art history as a specific course have it as part of their elective course in the curriculum of their History department. Sir JJ School of Art and Banaras Hindu University too don’t offer Art History as a separate course but do have theoretical knowledge woven in as a part of their course structure. History of art is taught in these colleges as part of other courses like BFA or MFA. Practical and theoretical knowledge is woven in together to prove the students with a rich learning experience.