B.A. in Art Art History

The BA Program in Art: Art History Option is a 42-credit curriculum that provides students with a solid foundation in studio art and art history. Art Majors who choose to focus on Art History take introductory survey courses that are multicultural in focus and advanced courses that explore particular culture traditions in detail. Courses are typically seminars and lectures; most have a significant writing component, and utilize the art resources of New York City as often as possible. After taking the foundational art history course, Art 10000 (which is also part of the Core), students choose from 200-level electives or special topics courses to fulfill their requirements. 


Department Core

These courses must be taken as prerequisites before taking additional Art courses:

  • 3 credits each | 9 credits total
  • ART 10000: Intro to the Visual Arts of the World
  • ART 10100: 2D Design
  • ART 21000: Writing About Art 

Total Core Credits: 9


Studio Courses

Choose one 2D Course:

  • 3 credits each | 3 credits total
  • ART 10200: Introduction to Drawing
  • ART 10300: Introduction to Printmaking
  • ART 10400: Introduction to Photography
  • ART 10500: Introduction to Painting

Choose one 3D Course:

  • 3 credits each | 3 credits total
  • ART 10600: Introduction to Sculpture
  • ART 10700: Introduction to Ceramic Design
  • ART 10800: Introduction to Wood Design
  • ART 10900: 3D Design 

Art History Course Requirements:

    • Choose one course from Group I, two courses from Group II, and one course from I or II (12 credits):
    • Group I: Visual Arts of the Ancient to Early Modern Worlds
    • Options include: 21012: Egyptian Art and Architecture, 21014: Greek and Roman Art, 21022: Romanesque and Gothic Art, 21024: Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture, 21025: Northern Renaissance Art, 21026: Baroque and Rococo Art in Europe, 21043: Ancient Art of Meso-America, the Andes, and the Caribbean, 21052: Islamic Art, 21053: Art of India and Southeast Asia, 21054: Art of China, Japan, and Korea, 21062: History of Art I, 31116: Artists of Royal India
  • Group II: Visual Arts of the Modern World
  • Options include: 21030: Nineteenth Century Art in Europe, 21032: American Art 1776-1900, 21036: Early Modern Art in Europe and the U.S., 21038: Postwar Art in the U.S. and Europe, 21044: Art of Native North America, 21067: History of Design, 21068: History of Graphic Design, 21069: Art Criticism, 21070: Topics in “Outsider” Art, 31012: Arts of Africa, 31013: Contemporary Arts of Africa, 31030: Modern Art in Latin America, 31031: Modern Mexican Art, 31032: Contemporary Art in Latin America, 31034: History of Photography, 31038: Art Since 1980, 31111: Asian Art Since 1900, 31106: Identity Issues in Modern Art, 31118: Themes and Methods of African Arts, 31509: Display in African Arts, 31570: “Outsider” Art Environments

Choose seven additional Studio Courses

  • 3 credits each | 21 credits total 

Total Art Credits: 42 

Hello CCNY Art students:

March is advisement month in preparation for Fall 2024 enrollment. 

Please schedule an advisement appointment with our art academic advisor, Lily Ivanov, through EAB Navigate (https://ccny-cuny.campus.eab.com/pal/Qka05gkOgs). Registration for Fall 2024 will begin March 19th; please check your CUNYFirst for your Enrollment Date and make an appointment with Lily Ivanov once a semester to check your progress toward your degree requirements.

Summer 2024 registration is still open. Please don’t hesitate to inquire about our summer course offerings.

We encourage everyone to register early!

Link to DegreeWorks: https://degreeworks.cuny.edu/​

Link to iDeclare: https://central.ccny.cuny.edu/ideclare/index.php

Link to Art Major Concentrations & Minors Information


EAB Navigate Appointments Link:


CUNY Global Class Search (to check current open course sections): https://globalsearch.cuny.edu/CFGlobalSearchTool/search.jsp

For general Art Department inquiries, email or call 212-650-7420. Art Department Faculty & Staff emails can be found here & here.

Reminder: It is critical that you use your CCNY email accounts to receive instructions from your professors, CCNY and CUNY. Please also check your courses on Blackboard; announcements from individual professors may be posted there or sent to your CCNY email account.

We wish you a productive and enjoyable Spring term!

(Updated 2/7/24)


For the Spring 2024 Academic Calendar please click here.

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