The Art History program explores visual cultural and the material environment within social and historical contexts across a broad range of periods and societies. Students learn how to look at and write about art, especially in survey and foundational courses, and how to understand and interpret visual culture using a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary methods.
Required courses include Design and Color, Drawing , Survey of Western Art, Global Topics in Art History, and Theory and Methods in Art History.
Seattle is a city with a vibrant art scene. We encourage our students to take full advantage of the many opportunities that Seattle has to offer through its galleries, museums, and special exhibits. Many choose to pursue for-credit internships. One example is the Gallery Guide Program, a 5-credit, yearlong internship that challenges students to lead tours at the Frye Museum for school groups and the general public.
Degrees offered: Art History BA, minor
Zachary Burns (BFA photo '13) received 2016 GAP funding for Candid, a series of images taken from the point of view of the cans that he has collected. find out more here.
Meet Seattle University Visual Artist in Residence Dawn Cerny here.
McMillen Assistantships Support Student Artists: Designed for student artists majoring in digital design, photography, and studio art, the Robert B. McMillen Foundation grant supports paid assistantships for students to work with professional artists. Read the article and watch the video here.
Student Profile: Heidi Franz '17, participated in her first bicycle race while studying abroad in Austria. A year later she received the women's overall national title in cycling for Division 2 schools. Although she enjoys bicycling and competing, Heidi Franz is focused on her documentary photography. Read the article here.
Alumni Profile: Lindsey Wasson '13, Staff Photographer, Seattle Times. Read the article here.
Professor Naomi Kasumi discusses her art installation at Soji-ji Temple. Read the article and watch the video here.