About The Program

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 promote careful observation, critical thinking, and oral and written communication skills. Students of art history explore works of art and historical periods from around the world. NOVA's proximity to Washington, DC, provides opportunities to learn in 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 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.

Program Degrees and Certificates

Career Coach


Alexandria Campus
Nicole Munday

Annandale Campus
Hemchand Gossai

Loudoun Campus
Tiffany Blackmon

Manassas Campus
Donna Minnich

Woodbridge Campus
K. V. White