Art History Undergraduate Courses
For a complete list of Art History undergraduate courses, see our Faculty Arts & Science Calendar entry. Please keep in mind, not all courses listed in the Calendar are offered in a given year.
The Faculty of Arts & Science Timetable lists the courses that are being offered in a given session. Please visit Academics & Registration for registration instructions and sessional dates.
Please check the COVID-19 Student FAQs regularly for information specific to undergraduate students taking courses with the Faculty of Arts & Science.
On March 25, 2020, the Faculty of Arts & Science provided the following information regarding the 2020 Summer Session:
What's happening with summer 2020 courses? - NEW March 25, 4:33 pm
We have decided that all Summer 2020 F and Y courses will be offered remotely rather than in person, as is now the situation with current Winter 2020 courses. A final determination of the delivery mode for S courses will be made by June 13. For now, please only make decisions based on this current information.
Special Topics Courses
These courses vary from year to year. For course descriptions and other information please visit the Special Topics Courses page. *For FAH486H1-S you must complete this form. If approved, you will be enrolled by the department.
The majority of courses in the Art History program use either the Federated Academic Digital Imaging System (FADIS) or Quercus to generate web material including syllabi, lecture slides, and handouts. Log in using your UTORid and password. Please consult with your course instructor to verify which learning management system is used.
Related Courses Offered Outside the Department
Majors may count up to 1.0 FCE–and Specialists up to 2.0 FCE–from the courses shown below to satisfy degree requirements for FAH courses. The courses will be credited at the appropriate level (i.e. as 100, 200, 300, or 400 series) and can in certain circumstances be used to meet period distribution requirements. Please visit the page “Related Disciplines and Courses” for more information about courses offered outside the department.
FAH Course Groups
|Group||Periods Represented||FAH Courses Numbered|
|A||Ancient, Medieval||200–29, 300–29, 400–29|
|B||Early Modern, Modern–Contemporary–Canadian||230–59, 330–59, 430–59|
|C||Asian||260–69, 360–69, 460–69|
|D||History of Architecture||270–79, 370–79, 470–79, plus FAH300, 309, 328, 362, 364, 404, 421|
- Certain courses, including FAH101H1, do not satisfy the requirement for any group, but do count toward any FAH degree program.
- Students who have already taken FAH100Y1 are encouraged, but not required, to take FAH102H1 for the fulfillment of the degree requirements.
- Courses used to satisfy one group requirement, e.g., FAH300H1, cannot be counted toward another group requirement.
Independent Study Courses at the 400 Level
Eligible students may undertake an independent study course under the supervision of a Department of Art History (St. George Campus) faculty member. To apply for an independent study course, complete and submit the FAH Independent Study Application Form to the Director of Undergraduate Studies before the usual course enrolment deadline (early September for F & Y courses; early January for S courses.) If approved, the Undergraduate Office will enrol you in the course on ACORN.
Internships allow students to learn about the practice of art history through first-hand experience in an art museum, commercial gallery, art publication, or educational institution. In addition to the University of Toronto Art Museum Toronto offers many opportunities to develop a suitable short-term position. Students interested in an internship will be expected to make the professional connections and define the nature of the project well before the semester in which they wish to begin the internship. The Director of Undergraduate Studies and department faculty are excellent resources for contacts within the art community in Toronto.
In order for the internship to receive credit, students will need to have the semester project approved before the start of the semester. They should submit a short (one to two paragraphs) statement of the project, signed by both the student and the supervisor of the internship to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. This statement must include a description of the project including relevant activities and a clear educational goal for the internship. Appropriate internships might include contribution to the planning or research for an exhibition, developing curatorial files on collections, assisting with a publication, developing educational materials, or other substantive activities that offer the opportunity for learning more about the practice of art history, cultural work that engages with objects, and publications. Other areas are possible but the project should be discussed with the Director of Undergraduate Studies well beforehand.
Most internship will be for one semester only; the maximum amount of credit possible for an internship is one full credit. Students should request to register for either FAH481H1 or FAH481Y1. Students may not register for both.
With the exception of U of T Art Museum internships, at the end of the internship, for credit to be given, students will write a report (two to three pages) on the experience, to be submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies by the end of classes of the semester in which the internship was taken.
Summer Abroad Programs
Studying original works of art and architecture is a key component in the history of art. The Department of Art History offers, through Woodsworth College, courses abroad on a regular basis and encourages students to consider enroling in these. Courses are offered on a rotating basis; please consult Woodsworth College’s Summer Abroad website, the department’s website, and the registration handbook for information on specific courses offered in any given year.
Study Elsewhere Programs
In addition to the FAH courses offered abroad every summer, it is normally possible for students who have completed approximately 10 courses (in all departments) to continue their studies abroad for one year. Such students should be pursuing a Specialist or Major program. Application forms are available from the college registrars’ offices. Applicants must obtain approval of the Departmental Adviser for Study Elsewhere on their forms, and submit them to the Office of the Faculty Registrar, Sidney Smith Hall, Room 1006. Consult the Centre for International Experience website for more information.