Columbia College Chicago

Art and Art History

Columbia College Chicago offers bachelor’s degrees in Art History and Fine Arts as well as a minor in Art History. Interdisciplinary coursework, entrepreneurial thinking and collaboration are all part of the Columbia experience. Through our exciting curriculum, you’ll master the technical, theoretical and professional skills to adapt and thrive in the shifting landscape of modern culture.

Majors & Programs

For requirements and more information about these programs, visit the course catalog.


Art History, BA

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As an Art History major, you’ll learn how art acquires and conveys meaning by exploring the interactions between artists, objects, patrons and society at large across a broad spectrum of media, cultures and periods. Unlike art history programs at other colleges, our curriculum emphasizes fields of study outside the traditional canon of Western art history. You’ll specialize in one of four areas: Modern and Contemporary Art, History of Design, History of Photography, or Global Art.

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Fine Arts, BA

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Develop your capacity for ideation, expression and production while experiencing other creative fields as a Fine Arts major. The philosophy stresses technical skills informed by ideas; a firm grounding in making; linking conceptualization to art theory and criticism; and the need for work to show awareness of contemporary issues. Through courses in theory and practice, you’ll explore methodologies to refine your personal voice and vision.

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Fine Arts, BFA

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Develop your capacity for ideation, expression and production with a BFA in Fine Arts. Learn technical skills informed by ideas; a firm grounding in making; how to link to conceptualization to art theory and criticism, and the need for work to show awareness of contemporary issues. Refine your personal voice and vision as you explore and expand methodologies. As a senior, you’ll prepare for a professional art career through exhibitions, student organization events and the Professional Practices course.

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Art History Minor

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Expand your knowledge of the history and context of visual arts with a minor in Art History. You’ll cover the core art history surveys and take courses on modern and contemporary art, non-Western art, and art theory and criticism. Acquire excellent preparation for graduate studies or a career in museums, galleries, art criticism and cultural agencies. The Art History minor pairs especially well with concentrations in Fine Arts, Cultural Studies, Journalism, and Business and Entrepreneurship.

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