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Art History and Visual Studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Discover the rich visual traditions of world cultures. Explore the basics of visual communication. Learn about the history of artistic materials and techniques. Study everything from museum studies and art forgery to video games and horror films.

Quick facts

Program options:
Bachelor degree, Minor
Study options:
Full-time study, Part-time study
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional


  • Archivist
  • Art appraiser
  • Art director or graphic designer
  • Art marketer
  • Arts and culture coordinator
  • Communications officer
  • Conservator
  • Curator
  • Exhibit designer
  • Gallery administrator
  • Heritage consultant
  • Interpretive assistant
  • Marketing coordinator
  • Museum educator
  • Specialist librarian

Sample courses

  • First Year Seminar on Art, Images, Experience - AHVS 101
  • Introduction to Western Architecture - AHVS 223
  • Japanese Art and Architecture - AHVS 373A
  • History of Video Games - AHVS 311E
  • Gender, Identity and Film - AHVS 312


Apply to the Faculty of Fine Arts as a high school student or a transfer student from another post-secondary institution.

This is a direct-entry program. Select it as your major when you submit your application to UVic.

Alternatively, you can choose another major as your primary degree program and add this program as a minor to broaden your studies.

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English language proficiency

You must demonstrate English language proficiency to attend UVic. Your transcripts are enough to prove proficiency if you've studied full-time in an academic program at the high school or post-secondary level within Canada for at least four years, and all of your instruction was in English.

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