Art History

What happened before now.

To get better at what you do, it’s always a good idea to know what others did before you. Studying Art History will broaden your understanding of the historical and social contexts of your own work. There’s an emphasis on writing and critical thinking— important skills for succeeding after MECA. But there also are plenty of assignments that involve creating art— individually and collaboratively. The people who teach you have diverse, interesting backgrounds in art, including Medieval, Renaissance, Asian, African, modern and contemporary.

The Maine College of Art graduate who has completed the 15 credits of required Art History courses is competent to demonstrate knowledge in the history of world art including western and non-western art history. All students take two semesters of Art History Survey, a minimum of one non-western art history course, one elective art history course, and one semester of Critical Issues, a 200-level critical theory course. At the completion of their degree, students will have gained knowledge in art history ranging from ancient to contemporary art.

Spotlight

  • Faculty
  • Eda Cufer

    Creative walls are part of the creative process. I try to use them that way.

    What differentiates MECA from your own college and grad school experience? I went to college, more specifically to Theatre Arts Academy, in former Yugoslavia, which was very different from MECA in terms of its fundamental organization (the European education system emphasizes memory and history from primary school on) but also very . . .Read More

  • Christopher Stiegler

    How does the term 'public engagement' differ from artist to curator? Public engagement is a form that an idea . . .

    How does the term ‘public engagement’ differ from artist to curator? Public engagement is a form that an idea can take in the same way that a painting or a photograph or a table is a form. Artists who make work in this way seek to highlight the interactive qualities that exist between the idea or […]Read More

  • Dr. Gan Xu

    Take out your dictionary. Find the word ‘impossible’ and destroy that page.

    What differentiates MECA from your own college and grad school experience? My doctoral degree is from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. It’s a much bigger school than MECA. At the time I studied there the enrollment was about 20,000. MECA has a much smaller population—370 BFA students—which means that students and faculty know each . . .Read More

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Outcomes

  • Formal

    Students demonstrate the ability to verbally describe, discuss and analyze a work of art; evaluate art critically; place works of art in historical, stylistic or cultural context; describe and analyze a work of art in writing; lead a group discussion; and give a presentation on a research topic.

  • Conceptual

    Students gain an awareness of the history of world art; knowledge of at least one area of non-western art; and an understanding of how critical theory applies to art.

  • Technical

    Competency requires writing a research paper, and demonstrating a basic understanding of library research, web browsing, word processing; and proper citation practices. Professional museum and gallery visits provide first-hand experience.

  • Professional

    Experience of having visited a museum.

Program

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What do our alumni do?

Statistics from the 2012 Strategic National Arts Alumni project (SNAAP)

Did you know?

56% is the national average for arts alumni that work as professional artists.

45% is the national average for arts alumni that are self employed, independent contractors, or freelance workers.

67

Work as professional artists

24

Work as graphic designers, illustrators, or art directors

23

Work for a nonprofit

21

Work as craft artists

35

Work as fine artists

25

Work as art teachers

19

Pursued an MFA after graduation

61

Are self-employed, independent contractors or freelance workers

91

Make art in their personal time

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