Art History

Art in the past and the present.

Art history can also be called the study of human expression: visual, tactile, spatial and more. In our art history courses, you'll learn not just the "what", but the "how" and the "why" too.

Art history courses

In our art history courses, you'll uncover the stories behind timeless works of art, from cave paintings to abstract art to Medieval architecture to the works of Canadian icons like Emily Carr and the Group of Seven.

Art history programs

Continuing Studies at UVic has art history courses for beginners and professionals. You can take an art history course for yourself, or pursue a post-graduate certificate or diploma in museum studies.

Courses open for registration

Courses open for registration

Courses open for registration

Diploma in Cultural Resource Management

The Diploma in Cultural Resource Management provides practical, theoretical and management-based professional training in the fields of museum studies and heritage conservation. The program is designed with working professionals in mind to allow maximum flexibility and accessibility.
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Graduate Professional Certificate in Cultural Heritage Studies

The Graduate Professional Certificate (GPC) in Cultural Heritage Studies provides advanced learning for emerging and mid-career individuals involved with a range of cultural heritage fields. The program will strengthen your understanding of cultural heritage and community engagement, and build knowledge of professional practice and values necessary to keep pace in today’s rapidly changing context.
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Professional Specialization Certificate in Collections Management

If you are a museum professional seeking new approaches to your work or looking to upgrade your skills, take advantage of our innovative, flexible programming that will suit your professional development needs and your busy schedule.
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It’s About Both the Journey AND the Destination

For an avid traveler, the thought of finding a job that allows you to help others fall in love with travel, sounds pretty sweet, doesn’t it? Well this is exactly what Janet gets to do every day at the office. Now, while the idea of traveling is one most people fantasize about, don’t forget there’s a heck of a lot of hard work involved.

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Off the Wall

Mary Jo Hughes is the director of UVic’s Legacy Art Galleries, which consists of some 19,000 art objects. She has yet to personally handle all of them.

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Academic Advisor Profile: Dr. Carolyn Butler Palmer

Dr. Carolyn Butler Palmer is the Cultural Resource Management Academic Program Advisor and works closely with the program and the Department of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Victoria.

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Pedro Viegas

Having worked for Natural History research and museological institutions for several years, the CRMP course was very effective in "forcing" myself into taking time from work and read some of the books in the to-read list that usually I wouldn't have time to.

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Amy Cubberly

The CRMP program has provided me with much more confidence when approaching new challenges at my job. I find that I frequently refer back to what I learned when facing daily challenges such as how to properly store a specific artifact or how to approach another organization about a proposed partnership project.

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Donald Loucks

As a “mature” student during the Cultural Management course, I continued to work as a senior associate, architect, urban designer and heritage planner with a large multi-discipline firm. During the four years of study I worked on a re-purposing of a portion of the 1929, CPR, John Street Roundhouse for an underground hydro transformer station. I have been involved with adaptive reuse and conservation of this National Historic Site since 1995.

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Student Corner: July 2014

July 2014 internship students: Arrianna D’Orsay (Dipl CRM) and David Mbuthia (Dipl CRM).

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Heather Engelbert

I start my day in the artifact holding area finding the next artifact that needs cataloguing and then doing some research to find out more about it. While I do most of my research online, I never underestimate the power of our internal research library. Amongst many other treasures, our library has a fantastic collection of mail order catalogues from Eaton's Headquarters - endlessly useful when determining dates with a largely 20th century collection.

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Student Corner: March 2014

March 2014 internship students Diane Budden Learning Assistant Intern with Learning Department of the Mary Rose Trust, Portsmouth, UK.

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Bryan Smith

Though I had worked at a museum previous to my current position, in some cases it was great to get some reinforcement on what I was already doing, and in other cases the program provided totally new approaches and skills that I have found essential in my new role.

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Caprice Harper

I think that the GPC certificate has made me an even more well-rounded cultural resources specialist. My master's degree was geared towards prehistoric archaeology. As I moved forward in my professional career in the Cultural Resources Management field, it became apparent that one should also know about cultural resources that are above ground, and also ones that are from the historic period.

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Valerie Small

Valerie Small has been a prison guard, briefly considered a career in journalism, and has spent the last 17 years working in radiation therapy. So what is Small doing in the Humanities Diploma Program?

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Graham Gidden and Michele Sirett

These courses have reinforced my desire to learn, helped me understand the importance of culture and given me the tools to better articulate this importance. I definitely see my work and projects through a different lens.

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Nan Walmsley

"Nan"Walmsley celebrates her 90th birthday this year but shows no sign of slowing down in her quest to learn new things. Since fall 1998, she has taken around 165 courses through Continuing Studies.

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Janet McDonald, Program Coordinator
Tel 250-721-8827
Email jaking@uvic.ca
Preston Randall, Program Assistant
Tel 250-721-7997
Email prandall@uvic.ca