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AUP’s Art History classes offer you in-depth and intimate access to the many movements and masterpieces that have indelibly marked Western art. You will be provided with a thorough understanding of the development of Western art, as both product and agent of history and society, through lectures and seminars, both on campus and in museums and historical landmarks around Paris and across Europe.  You will also gain a deeper insight into Western art history’s evolution, specifically in terms of the religious, political, philosophical, and literary circumstances that sparked world-changing results. While receiving intensive training in research skills and written and oral expression, you will learn how to critically analyze works and develop a sharp, visual memory.

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VERSAILLES: KINGDOM OF THE SUN
This course examines the cultural and artistic history of Versailles in the 17th and 18th centuries...
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Not only will you enjoy classroom sessions held on-site at monuments and museums, but you will also take part in numerous study trips, to destinations as varied as Venice, Madrid, Brussels, and Amsterdam, where you will dig deeper into the many cultures and societies from which some of the world’s most renowned art works and architecture have emerged. 

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Build Your Degree
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With every single one of our majors, you’ll find a carefully curated medley of core courses and electives, which will provide you with the tools you need to establish an unshakeable foundation in the principles and concepts fundamental to your growth within your disciplines of choice. Many majors also enable you to specialize further within the broader area of study.

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Core Courses

We aim to help you develop a range of skills, capacities, and modes of inquiry that will be crucial for your future since employers and graduate schools are looking for the critical thinking and innovative problem-solving skills that are associated with a liberal arts education, including sophisticated writing abilities, willingness to pose difficult questions, and an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts surrounding a topic or decision.

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Electives

Each elective provides you with entry to a variety of subject areas which you can choose among to further focus your studies. With the help of your academic advisor, you’ll be able to tailor your major so that it most effectively prepares you for the next step in your academic and professional journey.

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Core Curriculum
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The Art History core courses, which you must take as part of the major requirements, will provide you with the tools you’ll need to ground your present and future studies. Your introduction to the fundamentals of Art History will help pave the way for your successful completion of other Art History courses.

OPTION I
AH1000 Intro To Western Art I

Teaches the skills needed for an informed approach to art and architecture by introducing the salient concepts, techniques, and developments of Western Art. Studies works from ancient Greece, Rome, and the European Middle Ages in their K19 historical, social, and cultural contexts. Includes visits to museums and monuments in and around Paris.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AH2013 Renaissance Art & Architecture

Surveys notable developments in painting, sculpture, and architecture in Italy and in Northern Europe (late 13th-16th centuries). Emphasizes the origins of the Renaissance and the basic stylistic evolution from Early to High Renaissance and Mannerism. Explores the ramifications of the Italian Renaissance mode as it came into contact with other historical and cultural traditions in Northern Europe. AH 1000 and AH 1020 are strongly recommended as prerequisites.

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AH2014 Baroque & Rococo Art & Architecture

Examines the dynamic and often militant Baroque style in Counter-Reformation Italy and its national variants in France, Spain, and Flanders. Traces the development of new and different modes of expression in the emerging Protestant Netherlands. Explores the evolution from Baroque to Rococo as well as the arts of the 18th-Century in France and England. AH 1020 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AH2016 19th & 20th Cent. Art & Architecture

Introduces the principal arts and aesthetic issues of the 19th and 20th centuries from the French Revolution to World War II. Studies artists such as David, Turner, Monet, and Picasso, as well as movements such as Romanticism, Impressionism, and Surrealism, stressing continuities beneath apparent differences of approach. Regular museum sessions at the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, and the Centre Pompidou. AH 1020 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

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OPTION II
AH1020 Intro To Western Art II

Continues the study of the most significant monuments of Western painting, sculpture, and architecture, from the Renaissance to the 20th-century. Emphasizes historical context, continuity, and critical analysis. Includes direct contact with works of art in Parisian museums.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AH2011 Ancient Art & Architecture

Introduces first the specific contributions of Greek art to the Western tradition. Then presents the diversification of these achievements in the Etruscan civilization and in the Hellenistic age. Examines how the Romans absorbed, continued, and creatively transformed Greek and Etruscan art and passed the ancient heritage on to medieval and early modern Europe. AH 1000 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AH2012 Medieval Art & Architecture

Explores the adaptation of ancient art by the Christian religious establishment and the interaction of early medieval artists with the Graeco-Roman tradition. Follows the development of medieval art in the West to the Gothic period by analyzing its spiritual dimensions and diversity as well as the impact on artistic creation of the changing centers of power and influences. AH 1000 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AH2013 Renaissance Art & Architecture

Surveys notable developments in painting, sculpture, and architecture in Italy and in Northern Europe (late 13th-16th centuries). Emphasizes the origins of the Renaissance and the basic stylistic evolution from Early to High Renaissance and Mannerism. Explores the ramifications of the Italian Renaissance mode as it came into contact with other historical and cultural traditions in Northern Europe. AH 1000 and AH 1020 are strongly recommended as prerequisites.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
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Major Overview

AUP’s Art History classes offer you in-depth and intimate access to the many movements and masterpieces that have indelibly marked Western art. You will be provided with a thorough understanding of the development of Western art, as both product and agent of history and society, through lectures and seminars, both on campus and in museums and historical landmarks around Paris and across Europe.  You will also gain a deeper insight into Western art history’s evolution, specifically in terms of the religious, political, philosophical, and literary circumstances that sparked world-changing results. While receiving intensive training in research skills and written and oral expression, you will learn how to critically analyze works and develop a sharp, visual memory.

Featured Course

VERSAILLES: KINGDOM OF THE SUN

This course examines the cultural and artistic history of Versailles in the 17th and 18th centuries...

Learning Environment

Not only will you enjoy classroom sessions held on-site at monuments and museums, but you will also take part in numerous study trips, to destinations as varied as Venice, Madrid, Brussels, and Amsterdam, where you will dig deeper into the many cultures and societies from which some of the world’s most renowned art works and architecture have emerged. 

Sophie

Student

All of the professors display an immense passion and drive...

Professor Vanel

Faculty Spotlight

Professor Vanel specializes in mid-twentieth century art and has...

Major Components
Build Your Degree

With every single one of our majors, you’ll find a carefully curated medley of core courses and electives, which will provide you with the tools you need to establish an unshakeable foundation in the principles and concepts fundamental to your growth within your disciplines of choice. Many majors also enable you to specialize further within the broader area of study.

Core Courses

Core Courses

We aim to help you develop a range of skills, capacities, and modes of inquiry that will be crucial for your future since employers and graduate schools are looking for the critical thinking and innovative problem-solving skills that are associated with a liberal arts education, including sophisticated writing abilities, willingness to pose difficult questions, and an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts surrounding a topic or decision.

Scroll to Core Courses

Electives

Electives

Each elective provides you with entry to a variety of subject areas which you can choose among to further focus your studies. With the help of your academic advisor, you’ll be able to tailor your major so that it most effectively prepares you for the next step in your academic and professional journey.

See all Major Electives

Core Curriculum

The Art History core courses, which you must take as part of the major requirements, will provide you with the tools you’ll need to ground your present and future studies. Your introduction to the fundamentals of Art History will help pave the way for your successful completion of other Art History courses.

OPTION I
AH1000 Intro To Western Art I

Teaches the skills needed for an informed approach to art and architecture by introducing the salient concepts, techniques, and developments of Western Art. Studies works from ancient Greece, Rome, and the European Middle Ages in their K19 historical, social, and cultural contexts. Includes visits to museums and monuments in and around Paris.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AH2013 Renaissance Art & Architecture

Surveys notable developments in painting, sculpture, and architecture in Italy and in Northern Europe (late 13th-16th centuries). Emphasizes the origins of the Renaissance and the basic stylistic evolution from Early to High Renaissance and Mannerism. Explores the ramifications of the Italian Renaissance mode as it came into contact with other historical and cultural traditions in Northern Europe. AH 1000 and AH 1020 are strongly recommended as prerequisites.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AH2014 Baroque & Rococo Art & Architecture

Examines the dynamic and often militant Baroque style in Counter-Reformation Italy and its national variants in France, Spain, and Flanders. Traces the development of new and different modes of expression in the emerging Protestant Netherlands. Explores the evolution from Baroque to Rococo as well as the arts of the 18th-Century in France and England. AH 1020 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AH2016 19th & 20th Cent. Art & Architecture

Introduces the principal arts and aesthetic issues of the 19th and 20th centuries from the French Revolution to World War II. Studies artists such as David, Turner, Monet, and Picasso, as well as movements such as Romanticism, Impressionism, and Surrealism, stressing continuities beneath apparent differences of approach. Regular museum sessions at the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, and the Centre Pompidou. AH 1020 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
 
 
OPTION II
AH1020 Intro To Western Art II

Continues the study of the most significant monuments of Western painting, sculpture, and architecture, from the Renaissance to the 20th-century. Emphasizes historical context, continuity, and critical analysis. Includes direct contact with works of art in Parisian museums.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AH2011 Ancient Art & Architecture

Introduces first the specific contributions of Greek art to the Western tradition. Then presents the diversification of these achievements in the Etruscan civilization and in the Hellenistic age. Examines how the Romans absorbed, continued, and creatively transformed Greek and Etruscan art and passed the ancient heritage on to medieval and early modern Europe. AH 1000 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AH2012 Medieval Art & Architecture

Explores the adaptation of ancient art by the Christian religious establishment and the interaction of early medieval artists with the Graeco-Roman tradition. Follows the development of medieval art in the West to the Gothic period by analyzing its spiritual dimensions and diversity as well as the impact on artistic creation of the changing centers of power and influences. AH 1000 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >
AH2013 Renaissance Art & Architecture

Surveys notable developments in painting, sculpture, and architecture in Italy and in Northern Europe (late 13th-16th centuries). Emphasizes the origins of the Renaissance and the basic stylistic evolution from Early to High Renaissance and Mannerism. Explores the ramifications of the Italian Renaissance mode as it came into contact with other historical and cultural traditions in Northern Europe. AH 1000 and AH 1020 are strongly recommended as prerequisites.

SEE IN COURSE CATALOG >