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History of Art

History of Art - Paul Klee

History of Art

Studying the History of Art gives you the skills to answer important questions about the origins, histories, and contemporary reality of different societies, including your own. The History of Art unites ideas with images to create a valuable and fascinating perspective on the past, present, and future.

Art, design, communication, and business are increasingly connected to one another.  In the History of Art Department at FIT you will discover the cultural meaning of those connections. Our extremely accomplished faculty members are active in their scholarship and committed to teaching. They will engage you in the study of the rise and fall of civilizations, revolutionary breakthroughs in ideas and technology, and the dramatic forces that have transformed history. By interpreting beautiful, shocking and mysterious works of art, you will glimpse insights into the worlds they come from and see your own world in new ways.

FIT's History of Art Department offers courses on the arts of Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. You can study art from the prehistoric to the postmodern, as well as the specific histories of architecture, costume and fashion, industrial design, photography, and textiles.

In the international art capital that is New York City, an array of world-class museums and galleries become your extended campus. With your professors and classmates and on your own, you will develop an in-depth understanding of what you see in the city's great institutions and in the latest contemporary art galleries.

We offer a two-year Bachelor of Science program in Art History and Museum Professions that draws on the strengths of our faculty across the campus.

We also offer the popular Liberal Arts Minor in the History of Art, and provide several courses that satisfy interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Minors, such as Fashion Studies. In addition, our department teaches students in every program and major at FIT. The History of Art Department provides unique educational opportunities to students at FIT and we welcome every student into our courses to discover new ways of viewing and interpreting the world.

Many professional opportunities are open to those who study art history as a minor or who simply take several of our courses. The visual literacy and the critical and analytical skills they acquire are essential for arts marketing and publicity; advertising; art journalism, art law, and art education; fine art digital and online archiving; the science of art conservation; art librarianship; and work in costume and set design for theater, film and television. Whatever direction you take your career—business, technology, teaching, design, public service—your knowledge of art history will inspire, enlighten and empower you.