Majors & Programs

Columbia College Chicago offers bachelor’s degrees and minors in Art History and Fine Arts as well as an MFA program. 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.

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Art History (BA)

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Contribute to the conversation about contemporary and modern art in Columbia's research-based Art History bachelor’s degree program. Explore the social function of art—what it means, why it’s important, and how it changes our perceptions of society. Our supportive faculty of professional art historians will foster your unique viewpoint and critical thinking skills. You’ll graduate prepared to publish your work and pursue graduate school or a career in galleries, museums, teaching, or curating.

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Fine Arts (BA | BFA)

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Columbia's Fine Arts programs are designed to help you develop your artistic voice and gain a strong foundation in modern and contemporary art. You’ll explore methods in cutting-edge visual arts facilities and exhibit your work in galleries on campus. You’ll join a vibrant art community in Chicago that will inform and challenge your ideas and provide a professional network so you can launch your career in the arts.

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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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Fine Arts Minor

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The Fine Arts minor is designed for students from any major who want a studio art experience. You'll learn how to conceptualize and execute fine arts projects using different materials and a variety of skills. This flexible minor allows you to explore a number of different methods and topics. Or, you can focus on a particular medium if you want to develop advanced art practice.

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