Frequently Asked Questions

Below are frequently asked questions from prospective students. If you are a current University of Toronto student with a question, please email the Undergraduate Assistant at undergrad.arthistory@utoronto.ca.

Before gaining admission into the Art History program, both Domestic and International Students must apply for admission into the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto. Please visit Future Students

Yes, this is possible. You must first apply through the Faculty of Arts & Science as a non-degree student. More information about the process and application can be found at Other Applicants.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, course auditing will be permitted for registered U of T students only during the 2020–21 academic year. For course auditing processes, fees and policies, please visit Auditing Undergraduate Courses.

The Art History Specialist, Major and Minor programs are part of a four-year course of study leading to an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree. Students can study part-time as well or register as non-degree students and take courses for their own interest.

The Department of Art History normally does not offer any online course. In 2020–21, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Art History courses will be accessible online.

Art History can contribute to a well-rounded degree. Our students have combined a concentration in Art History with a wide range of programs in other disciplines, including Anthropology, Cinema Studies, East Asian Studies, English, History, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, and Visual Studies, among others. Students have gone on to work in unrelated fields, such as law, and have applied their subject-specific knowledge to careers as teachers, publishers, journalists, or professors, or have gained employment in commercial or public art galleries or museums. A degree in Art History will take you as far as your own creativity allows when you pursue a career. For more information, please visit the Beyond Undergrad webpage.

Students may be asked to visit museums or galleries for a course or an assignment, but they reflect on these visits and images analytically and apply what they learn to sustained essay writing. For that reason, developed writing skills are essential to achieving success in Art History courses.

The Art History Writing Lab provides free personalized, one-on-one instruction from an experienced, supportive writing coach for Art History assignments. Book an appointment

The English Language Learning Program provides support for all University of Toronto undergraduates enrolled in the Faculty of Arts & Science. To learn more about their programs, please visit English Language Learning.