MSU helmetArt 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

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 Preservation
  • Ford's Theatre
  • Iziko Social History Centre
  • College for Creative Studies
  • Bloomsbury Publishing

Alumni work as:

  • Interpretive specialists for digital media
  • Exhibition assistants
  • Assistant curators of European art
  • Preservation specialists
  • Marketing managers
  • Art handlers and exhibitions assistants
  • Research assistants


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