From pre-historic cave art to the digital media of today, human beings across the globe and through the ages have used visual forms to understand and shape their world. Painting, sculpture, architecture as well as ornament, design, and photography have provided rich traditions of visual expression and communication, and the development of new media has greatly expanded this visual repertoire. Different cultures, in different places and at different times, have valued and conceptualized vision and made use of the visual arts in a variety of ways. The visual arts investigate and re-imagine the physical, social, cultural, and spiritual spheres of human existence and offer arguments about and interpretations of these realms.

Major in Art and Art History

The major in Art & Art History integrates the traditions of historical, critical, and philosophical thinking that characterize the disciplines of Art History and Aesthetics with practice-based studio art. The courses are divided into two tracks: Art Practice and Art History. Students have the option of specializing in one track or combining the two in equal measure.

Minor in Art History

The minor in Art & Art History allow students to focus on the history and theory of art by selecting four courses from one of the tracks in the Art & Art History program.

Minor in Art Practice

The minor in Art & Art History allow students to  focus on the making of art by selecting four courses from one of the tracks in the Art & Art History program.

Capstone in Art Practice

All students completing a major in Art & Art History at NYUAD must undertake a Capstone project in their final year.

Seminar Series

Each semester the Art & Art History program hosts a seminar which is designed to facilitate discussion about current and innovative research and arts practice with students, faculty, and the local academic community.

Film Series

The Art & Art History program hosts a film series dedicated to the arts and to the history of art each semester.