Art History & Visual Culture

Students of art history and visual culture investigate the production, form and reception of images and objects, past and present, from a multicultural perspective. This incorporates painting, sculpture and architecture as conventionally defined by art history but extends to material culture and a wide range of media.

Art history and visual culture poses questions regarding the social, economic, religious, philosophical and psychological influences affecting those who consume as well as those who produce images and objects. Broadly speaking, this involves how values and beliefs are given material form and how these forms themselves can be interpreted.

What can I do with Art History & Visual Culture?

Graduates pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of history, culture, art, and design..

Alumni work at:

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Detroit Institute of Arts

State Office of Historic


Ford's Theatre

Iziko Social History Centre

College for Creative Studies

Bloomsbury Publishing

Alumni work as:

Exhibition Assistants

Assistant Curators of European Art

Preservation Specialists

Marketing Managers

Exhibitions assistants

Art Handlers

Interpretive Specialists for Digital Media

Research assistants