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.
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Contribute to the conversation about contemporary and modern art in Columbia College Chicago’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 expert 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.Learn More
As an artist, you see the world differently. Columbia College Chicago’s Fine Arts program is designed to help you develop your artistic voice and gain a strong foundation in modern and contemporary art. You’ll explore methods—from silk-screening to life drawing to performance to digital fabrication—in cutting-edge visual arts facilities. 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.Learn More
Columbia’s small and selective bachelor of fine arts program will empower you to refine your creative vision through a studio-intensive and critique-based curriculum. You’ll enter the program as a BA student, and spend your first year experimenting with processes and materials. As you narrow down your focus, you’ll apply for the BFA. You’ll collaborate with grad students, faculty, and students from other programs to create a fully realized portfolio that defines your point of view and launches your professional practice.Learn More
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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