SFAI’s History and Theory of Contemporary Art (HTCA) program provides an in-depth critical understanding of the history of the ideas, conditions, institutions, and discourses surrounding contemporary art and culture, and the ways that these factors inform the study, interpretation, analysis and exhibition of art today.
Housed in one of the oldest art schools in the county, the program offers students the unique opportunity to develop these studies while mingling with the ghosts of (post)modernism and working side-by-side with current, practicing artists and scholars.
The HTCA BA curriculum provides students with a thorough understanding of the long, global history of art, which is complemented by advanced, topic-based seminars in contemporary art history and theory, and by public programs designed to directly introduce students to a broad variety of transnational artists and scholars. At the program’s end, students pursue a sustained research project of their own design as the culminating capstone to their degree.
Emphasizing research, writing, critical thinking, and methods of analysis that value cultural and social difference, HTCA prepares students to become advanced critics and scholars of art history and theory in a global context.
See a sample four-year academic plan in the BA in History + Theory of Contemporary Art program to help you decide what courses to take when.
|Liberal Arts Requirements||33|
|Art History, Theory & Criticism Requirements||54|
|Electives in any studio discipline||9|
|Topics and Foundations in Global Visual Culture||3|
|Topics and Foundations in Contemporary Art||3|
|Dialogues in Contemporary Art||3|
|Art History Electives||24|
|Critical Studies Electives||15|
|Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium||3|
Program Learning Outcomes