Welcome to the Department of Art History

Why major in art history or architectural studies at Ithaca College? 

  • Because you've always been interested in art or architecture, and would like to explore how images and buildings can express fundamental ideas about culture and history.
  • Because you're interested in a possible career in museums, galleries, art restoration, urban design, landscape architecture, historic preservation, or architectural design, and are seeking the knowledge and skills that will help make that career a reality.
  • Because you love to travel, and are interested in study abroad or off-campus courses or internships that can take you to new places.

The Department of Art History at Ithaca College is dedicated to developing the professional and personal interests of students with a passion for the visual world and the built environment.  We offer programs designed to build knowledge of art and architectural history, shape professional skills, and provide rich and varied experiences for our students. Our majors are intended to support students who have widely varying career goals, but are also designed for students who simply have a personal fascination with art and architecture in their cultural and historical contexts.

The department offers a number of exciting resources for students, including

  • The Handwerker Gallery, which provides opportunities for students to work directly with art and exhibitions, both in the classroom and as preprofessional interns.
  • Internship and fieldwork opportunities off campus, including at Ithaca College's New York City and London Center programs.
  • An advanced technology classroom, funded through a major grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation, which provides rich environment for students to interact with digital images and multimedia, and studio facilities for architectural studies students to produce designs and 3-D models.
  • One-on-one work with faculty on research topics in a tutorial, an independent study, and (for those who qualify) an honors thesis.
  • Access to digital image databases containing well over 1,000,000 images, for use in our classrooms and for student research.
  • An annual departmental field trip to a major cultural center, such as New York City, Philadelphia, or Washington, D.C.

 

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