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The curriculum is designed to help students develop a basic knowledge and comprehension of historical and contemporary artists, art movements, and techniques through the examination of art, architecture, and design media from the prehistoric era through present day. By using a multi-disciplinary and global approach, the Art History courses across the NOVA campuses promote careful observation, critical thinking, and oral and written communication skills which are applicable for almost all NOVA majors. In addition, NOVA's promixity to Washington, DC, provides opportunities to learn in several world-class museums, including the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Phillips Collection, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Glenstone.

Program Details

The Art History program teaches students to understand the importance and relevance of art, architecture, and design using a multi-disciplinary and global approach. Art History courses across the NOVA campuses promote careful observation, critical thinking, and oral and written communication skills which are applicable for almost all NOVA majors. Students of art history explore works of art and historical time periods from around the world through instructor-led lectures, individual observation and art analysis, hands-on technique demonstrations, and group discussions of topical issues in the field. NOVA's promixity to Washington, DC, provides opportunities to learn in several world-class museums, including the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Phillips Collection, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Glenstone. The Art History program offers in-person, hybrid, and online classroom formats.

Transfer Opportunites

Since four-year colleges can vary in their course and GPA requirements, please consult a counselor or academic advisor regarding specific requirements and course selection.

Credit for Prior Learning

Northern Virginia Community College accepts industry-standard certifications, credentials and/or professional courses for credit. Broadly, licenses, credentials and/or certifications must be current and valid for consideration. For more information regarding the status of the certification and its eligibility for credit, please see an advisor or faculty members in the discipline area that awards CPL credit.

The most current information can be found here for CPL: Certifications and Credentials.

Program Degrees and Certificates

Art history students are encouraged to explore a variety of other programs and courses to develop their visual literacy and critical thinking skills. These subject areas include studio art, architecture, cinema, graphic design, interior design, music, photography, psychology, literature, languages, life and physical sciences, and social sciences courses, such as history and anthropology.

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Career Prospects

The Art History program prepares students to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree upon transfer to a four-year college or university. An ABA or advanced degree in art history can lead to careers in academics, museums, galleries, auction houses, fundraising and development, exhibition design, fine art insurance, art handling and transport, conservation, historic preservation, and publishing. Art history also offers practical skills, such as observation and critical thinking, that may benefit students pursuing careers in medicine, forensic science and criminal justice, engineering, and IT, among others.

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