Concentration in HAVC

Concentration

Liberal Arts Concentrations 

Students can pursue a concentration (like a minor) in addition to their studio major. Concentrations are offered by each of the departments in the Division of Liberal Arts: History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC); History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences (HPSS); and Literary Arts and Studies (LAS). Information, including requirements, on undergraduate and graduate concentrations in History of Art and Visual Culture can be found below.

Undergraduate Concentration in History of Art and Visual Culture

RISD offers art history courses that span a wide range of cultures, media and time periods. The College offers a 27-credit undergraduate concentration in History of Art and Visual Culture designed for students who wish to complement their studio major with in-depth studies in art history, theory, criticism, and museum studies. The undergraduate HAVC concentration can be completed within a 4 or 5-year degree program. All RISD BFA candidates are eligible to add this concentration to their program of study. Interested students should contact the History of Art and Visual Culture Concentration Coordinator, Mary Bergstein (401 454-6271 / mbergste@risd.edu), or utilize the following Declaration of Concentration in HAVC + Request for More Information about the Concentration in HAVC forms: Adobe Acrobat / Adobe Reader. Typically, concentrators meet or communicate with the concentration coordinator once or twice a year to discuss course options and to update their records. As part of the process, HAVC concentrators may pre-register for History of Art and Visual Culture courses that will be used for the concentration. The concentration coordinator will contact all concentrators with the relevant instructions shortly before the official registration period; this option is offered in the fall and spring semesters only.

Curriculum Requirements for an Undergraduate Concentration in History of Art and Visual Culture

(9 courses = 27 credits)

I. Introduction to History of Art and Visual Culture
The following 2 courses (6 credits) are required:
1. History of Art and Visual Culture 1 (HAVC-H101)
2. History of Art and Visual Culture 2 (Topics) (HAVC-H102)

II. Methodology
Choose 2 courses (6 credits) from two of the following topics:
1. Contemporary Art History and Criticism
2. Methodology and Historiography
3. Aesthetics, Sociology of Art, or Anthropology of Art

III. Art History and Visual Culture
Choose 3 courses (9 credits) from any three of the following timeframes:
1. Prehistory, Ancient Art and Architecture
2. Medieval, Islamic, Buddhist Art and Architecture
3. 15th - 18th Century Art and Architecture
4. 19th, 20th & 21st Century Art, Architecture and Design

*Courses should be distributed in at least two geographical areas among the following: Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, Australia & the Pacific.

IV. Applied
Choose 2 courses (6 credits) from the following two topics:
1. Studio/History of Art and Visual Culture team-taught courses, Museum Studies or any other HAVC course
2. Museum/History of Art and Visual Culture team-taught courses or any other HAVC course

Note:
  • All History of Art and Visual Culture courses are labeled “HAVC.”
  • Concentrators may need to take two courses in at least two Wintersessions to complete concentration requirements.
  • Certain HPSS and Literary Arts and Studies courses may fulfill concentration requirements. If used for that purpose, they may not also be counted for HPSS or LAS credits.
  • Liberal Arts electives may be applied towards the concentration.
  • Enrollment in the EHP (European Honors Program) in Rome fulfills one HAVC course in prehistory through 18th century. 
Graduate Concentration in History of Art and Visual Culture

The History of Art and Visual Culture graduate concentration offers the opportunity to augment an MFA with a 36-credit art history concentration. Knowledge of the histories and theories of art and visual culture is increasingly demanded of artists and designers, and HAVC has designed this concentration in recognition of this phenomenon and that MFA, MLA, MAT and MID recipients often enter teaching careers in which they are expected to teach history and theory as well as studio classes. The concentration offers a structured curriculum in the history, theory and criticism of Western art, as well as that of cultures throughout the world. These studies are enriched by ready access to the collections of the RISD Museum of Art and the experience of its curatorial staff. Through the concentration, you may choose to focus on the history and theory of your particular studio discipline.  

Any Liberal Arts graduate degree requirements and certain graduate courses offered within the individual programs may be incorporated in the credits necessary to complete the concentration. You are also required to undertake a six-credit thesis project under the supervision of a HAVC faculty member. Completion of the graduate concentration requires a semester and a Wintersession beyond the standard graduate degree program. All master’s degree candidates are eligible to add this concentration to their program of study. Interested students should contact the History of Art and Visual Culture Concentration Coordinator, Mary Bergstein (401 454-6271 / mbergste@risd.edu), or utilize the following informational brochure: History of Art and Visual Culture Graduate Concentration and the following Declaration of Concentration in HAVC + Request for More Information about the Concentration in HAVC forms: Adobe Acrobat / Adobe Reader. Typically, concentrators meet or communicate with the concentration coordinator once or twice a year to discuss course options and to update their records. As part of the process, HAVC concentrators may pre-register for History of Art and Visual Culture courses that will be used for the concentration. The concentration coordinator will contact all concentrators with the relevant instructions shortly before the official registration period; this option is offered in the fall and spring semesters only.

Curriculum Requirements for a Graduate Concentration in History of Art and Visual Culture

(10 courses + thesis = 36 credits)

I. Methodology/Art Historiography/Aesthetics/Anthropology of Art
2 methodological courses (6 credits) to be completed at the beginning of the concentration program. (One of these is the Open Seminar in History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC-H750).)

II. Specialization
8 courses (24 credits) to be selected based on a study plan to be discussed and developed with the HAVC concentration coordinator.

III. Thesis
A 6-credit concentration thesis on an art historical topic. (Thesis topic to be discussed with HAVC concentration coordinator and developed under the supervision of a HAVC faculty advisor.


Concentration Coordinator

Mary Bergstein

Mary Bergstein

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