Art History

Program Description

The 90-credit Associate in Arts transfer degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. Art History is also an excellent major for graduate studies in Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Education. Shoreline also offers degrees in Studio Art  and Photography.

Art History — What is it?

Art History is the study of visual arts within a cultural and historical context. Art historians understand the importance of human creativity and artistic expression that represent the ethnic, aesthetic, social and cultural traditions over time. Through observation and investigation, art historians seek to understand the styles, techniques and methodologies of the visual arts created throughout the ages. In doing so, they uncover the cultural aspects of societies from a global perspective to gain a deeper understanding of the human experience.

Contemporary issues in Art History:

Historical Methodologies, Cultural and Societal Influences, Beliefs and Traditions, Historical Interpretation, Conservation and the Role of Art in Culture.

Career Opportunities — What can I do with a degree in Art History?

Students who major in Art History develop knowledge and skills that can be applied to a variety of careers that include teaching, research and development, public relations, collection and curatorial management, appraising, marketing, sales, journalism and publishing.

Potential employers include:

Museums, Galleries, Historical Societies, Public and Private Schools, Colleges and Universities, Libraries, Auction Companies, Publishing and Media Companies, Businesses, Government Agencies and NonProfit Organizations. For more, please visit Career Counseling.

Program Outcomes
  • Identify and explain formal aspects of style specific to each relevant culture/nation.
  • Identify and describe the formal aspects of style of representative artists.
  • Explain impact of history, politics, religious and socioeconomic environment on the art of each particular culture.
  • Experience and evaluate art directly through direct observation utilizing local museums.
Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?

An Associate Degree from Shoreline  makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the AA-DTA. For international students, Shoreline also has conditional admission agreements that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.

Length of Program: 90 Credits

Completion Award: A.A. Degree

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