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2021-2022

Art History, Bachelor of Arts (accelerated masters degree option)

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts (John Tyler Community College)
John Tyler Community College
John Tyler Community College
Program description

Art History is a liberal arts program composed of an academic course of study exposing students to the scholarship, theoretical perspectives, and research methods of not only the history of art, but related disciplines in the humanities. Courses focus on cultures, historical periods, and regions. The program also includes possibilities for directed research projects as well as museum internships. While providing students with the opportunity for a broad education on the liberal arts and humanities, the department also emphasizes a close bond with the studio and performing arts and enjoys a close relationship with the other departments in the School of the Arts. Art history students complete a Level 4 REAL experience as a part of the major capstone course. Overseas studies are available through university-sponsored programs abroad in Europe and Asia.

Career opportunities

This curriculum provides students the best possible background for future graduate work in art history.  Additionally, the study of art history prepares students with highly sought after skills in writing and communication, problem solving, critical thinking, creative expression,  cultural awareness, independent thought, organization and research,  and advocacy.  Current students take advantage of multiple internship opportunities in Richmond’s vibrant art community to gain practical experience, and alumni of the program may hold positions in the public and private art worlds, government, nonprofits, and businesses, depending upon their interests and expertise.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Administrative Coordinator
  • Conservation Technician
  • Content Strategist
  • Donor Services Coordinator
  • Preservation Librarian
  • Program Coordinator
  • Project Manager
  • Gallery Host
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Art Conservator
  • Curator
  • Librarian and Archives Manager
  • Museum Educator
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Highest level of math required
  • Quantitative Foundations requirement only
Science required
  • Natural Sciences requirement only
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 3.0+ cumulative GPA

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2021-2022

Art History, Bachelor of Arts (accelerated masters degree option)

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Attend Tyler Orientation.
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG and MTH classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Apply to the John Tyler Pathways Program.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways at VCU.
  • Use the career coach to take a career assessment.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
Experience Year 2
  • Take service-learning classes or volunteer to address a current issue through ConnectVA or HandsOnRVA.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the Art History Department.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a second foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend Tyler Orientation.
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG and MTH classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Apply to the John Tyler Pathways Program.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways at VCU.
  • Use the career coach to take a career assessment.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Take service-learning classes or volunteer to address a current issue through ConnectVA or HandsOnRVA.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the Art History Department.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a second foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Art History, Bachelor of Arts (accelerated masters degree option)

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts)

John Tyler Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 College Success Skills UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement. UNIV 111-112 3 General education
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning MATH 131 3 General education
Foreign Language Foreign Language (101-level): French, German, Italian or Spanish (students who completed 3 years of same language in high school can choose a transfer elective) VCU equivalent 4 General education
CST 100 or CST 110 Public Speaking or Introduction to Communication SPCH 121 3 Elective
ENG 112 College Composition II UNIV 200 3 General education
Foreign Language Foreign Language (102-level): French, German, Italian or Spanish (students who completed 3 years of same language in high school can choose a transfer elective) VCU equivalent 4 General education
ART 101 History of Art: Prehistoric to Gothic ARTH 103 3 Major
History elective Select 1: HIS 111, 112, 121, 122 HIST 3 General education
Social/Behavioral Social/Behavioral Science (select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, SOC 211, ECO 150, ECO 201 (PSY 230 will be accepted if Associate degree is completed) VCU equivalent 3 General education
Foreign Language Foreign Language (201-level): French, German, Italian or Spanish VCU equivalent 3 Major (Ancillary)
Laboratory Science Laboratory Science (select 1): BIO 101, CHM 101, CHM 111, ENV 121, PHY 101, PHY 201 VCU equivalent 4 General education
History elective Select 1: HIS 111, 112, 121, 122 HIST 3 General education
ENG Any 200-level ENG literature course (select 1) ENGL 3 General education
Select 1: PHI 101, PHI 111, PHI 220, REL 100, 230 VCU equivalent 3 General education
Foreign Language Foreign Language (202-level): French, German, Italian or Spanish VCU equivalent 3 Major (Ancillary)
Select 1: REL 230, PLS 135, GEO 210, GEO 220, SOC 268, SOC 211, PLS 241 VCU equivalent 3 General education
Transfer elective ART 102 History of Art: Renaissance to Modern ARTH 104 3 Major
Transfer electives Select 5-7 credits of electives VCU equivalent 5 to 7 Elective
John Tyler credits transferred to VCU 60
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
ARTH 292 Writing for Art History 3 Major
ARTH 390 Art Historical Methods 3 Major
ARTH 490 Senior Seminar in Art History ( Capstone) 3 Major
ARTH Cluster A (select two courses; see VCU advisor for course options) 6 Major
ARTH Cluster B (select three courses; see VCU advisor for course options) 9 Major
ARTH Cluster C (select two courses; see VCU advisor for course options) 6 Major
ARTH Unrestricted ARTH electives (select any two additional ARTH courses) 6 Major
Fine arts studios Select 3 credits of fine arts studio (from CRAF, SCPT, PAPR or PHTO) 3 Major (Ancillary)
History Select 12 credits of upper-level (300-level) history 12 Major (Ancillary)
Humanities Select 9 credits of upper-level (300-level) humanities (from AFAM, ANTH, RELS, GSWS, ENGL, PHIL, WRLD) 9 Major (Ancillary)
Credits completed at VCU 60
Bachelor's degree total 120