History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture

What is the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture?

The History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture (HADVC) is one of three areas of study in the Department of Art & Design. HADVC courses teach students to understand our visual world and its messages. From representations of sex and death in the Renaissance, to performing bodies in contemporary activist art, to China's design revolution, courses vary widely as do the research interests of our award-winning professors.

Why study the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture at UAlberta?

HADVC students engage in creative research projects including faculty/student curatorial projects and pop-up exhibitions in public spaces. Exploring practices of "slow looking" and learning how to pose original questions of art works are some of the skill building that allows our students to compete for undergraduate research awards. Students can major in HADVC or apply to the HADVC honors program.


Experience Beyond the Classroom

HADVC students have study abroad opportunities thanks to the School in Cortona, Italy and numerous HADVC students have benefited from the internship opportunities afforded by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. HADVC courses offered on campus regularly include community partners and guests, and a practicum-based course is being developed in partnership with art galleries and museums in Edmonton.

  • Sub-disciplines within the Department of Art & Design

    History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture - historical development of art or design; analysis of visual imagery in the broader culture of any period from the early modern to contemporary periods in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, concentrating on fine and applied art, architecture, design, and visual culture.

    Design Studies - design of furniture, products, photography, service design, user interface design, typography, spatial design, publication design, information design, illustration, design of apps and
    websites, moving image and motion graphics, medical assistive devices.

    Fine Art - drawing, oil painting, acrylic painting, etching, lithography, silkscreen, intaglio and relief printmaking techniques, sculpture, welded steel, intermedia, installation, performance, digital media, time-based art; representational, abstract and conceptual practices; research methods.

  • What can I do with a History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture Degree?
    HADVC students graduate with key transferable skills including visual literacy, leadership, critical awareness, and excellent written and oral communication skills that are highly prized by employers in fields including conservation and historic preservation, publishing, law, journalism, cultural policy, public relations, teaching, and curatorial or cultural sector work in Art Galleries and Museums.

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