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Art History and Visual Studies

Art History and Visual Studies is a subject that covers both history and the contemporary, from ancient sculptures to current exhibitions. A common feature of the study is calling attention to both visual and material aspects. Common questions put to that being studied are often what do we see, what does it look like/how does it look and why does it looks so. A driving force within the subject is the understanding of both history and the contemporary through material and visual evidences.

In recent decades, the discipline has changed from being distinctly historical to having a strong contemporary orientation. Furthermore, other visual expressions than those typically included in a definition of fine art have come to be of interest to art historians, hence the name of the discipline at the University of Gothenburg: Art History and Visual Studies.

This is reflected in both education and research. In education traditional art and architecture as well as other visual expressions such as advertising or packaging are being studied. Research in Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Gothenburg is characterized by great diversity in the visual field. Among recently completed and ongoing projects are studies concerning the materiality in artistic images, scenography, theaterdrawings, performance art, street art, visual arts education, visualization in advertising, illustrated traveloques, historiography and visual expression in fashion.


To Undergraduate studies (First cycle) in Art History and Visual Studies

To Master´s studies (Second cycle) in Art History and Visual Studies

To Doctoral studies (Third cycle) in Art History and Visual Studies


Contact Information

Alexandra Fried

PO Box 200, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Visiting Address:
Vera Sandbergs Alle 8, room 3259

46 31 786 1974

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