Art History

About the subject

The need to create pictures, shape ideas and form surroundings has existed in all times and cultures. In art history, you get to track how this will to create has changed in form and content from antiquity to our age. The studies give knowledge in art and architecture as well as other forms of visual culture, design and shaped environment.

Studying art history means being in the middle of a living cultural life and a dynamic notion of art. The education is actively working with on site-seminars at exhibitions and in the public space to connect the theoretical tools to an actual context. The studies give you tools to interpret and analyse your surroundings, whether it’s an artwork at a museum, media images, architectural environments or the visual expressions of everyday life.

Through your studies, you will get thorough historical and theoretical knowledges on art, art forms and art worlds, with a focus on social context and current research questions, such as intermediality, gender perspectives and postcolonial approaches. Great importance is applied to your own acquisition of knowledges and skills to, through relevant theories and methods, interpret the artefacts of art history – be it images, environments, buildings and artefacts in your everyday life, or the art, design and architecture included in the classics of art history. However, studying art history is not only about acquiring fixed knowledges and skills, but also to critically examine, rethink and question traditional perspectives, knowledges and selections.

Career opportunities

The education can lead to positions in the state and municipal cultural sections, such as museums, art halls, at the country administrative boards, at auction houses and galleries, in medias such as newspapers, magazines and publishing companies, and as a part of an education for teachers, conservators or archivists.

Courses and programmes


For a bachelor’s degree in Art History you can choose to study individual courses or join one of the bachelor´s programmes listed under Educations within the subject.

For a master’s degree in Art History you can choose to study individual courses or join one of the master’s programmes listed under Educations within the subject.

More information about degrees at Stockholm University


Art history is today a broad field in which the researchers conduct research in many different ways covering all periods from early modern to contemporary, on art, architecture and landscape, images and built environment, material and visual culture. Art history is regularly principal organiser for a number of externally funded research projects. Several researchers participate succesfully in extensive research networks with international reach and renown. The research results are communicated in national and international publications of high standard, and through conferences and public talks.