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The Bachelor of Fine Arts in History of Art is a four-year, 120 credit hour degree program combining a 30-hour concentration in the history of art with 30 hours of studio art training to serve students interested in both the history and the making of art.

History of Art B.F.A. majors learn how to investigate and analyze the aesthetic characteristics, meaning, and function of works of art, and to place works in historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts. Students gain a general knowledge of the monuments and principal artists of all major periods of the past, with an emphasis on the art of the 20th- and 21st- centuries and gain a sophisticated understanding of what can be learned about different cultures and time periods through the study of art.


Of the 30 History of Art credit hours, students must enroll in the introductory, year-long survey; at least one course in either ancient or Medieval art history; one in either Renaissance or Baroque art history; one in modern art history (19th- or 20th-century European or American art, or the History of Photography); and two courses in non-western art history, at least one of which must be in East Asian Art.

Of the 30 Visual Art credit hours, students must enroll in 12 credit hours of Foundations. The remaining studio art credit hours may be taken from across the seven studio areas:

As of Fall 2013, all undergraduate students at the University of Kansas are required to complete the KU Core » 

More information is available through the Kress Foundation Department of Art History »

See the B.F.A. in Visual Art Degree Checklist (doc) The Undergraduate Advisor the B.F.A. in History of Art is Dr. David Cateforis » You may email him at dcat@ku.edu to schedule an appointment to learn more.


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