Art History, Theory, and Criticism
The Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) engages the history of art and design across the globe as informed by contemporary theories and practices. We are situated in a comprehensive art school and connected to a world-class art museum. Our curriculum is the most extensive of its kind in the country.
We offer more than 100 courses in Art History, Theory, and Criticism each semester and have 15 full-time faculty and more than 30 part-time faculty teaching modern and contemporary art history, theory, and criticism. In addition to offering degrees in modern and contemporary art history at both the graduate and undergraduate level, the department is fully integrated into studio and design education across SAIC.
Within the Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art History, the department also offers a specialization in Design History.
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Click around this website for more information on the curriculum, faculty and resources offered through the department. For recent news, see the 2015–2016 Welcome Letter from the Chair.