Study Abroad

BU Study Abroad Programs in History of Art & Architecture

The following is a summary list of Boston University Study Abroad programs that currently offer courses on the history of art & architecture as well as internship opportunities in museums and other art-related institutions. Additional overseas programs are being developed and this list will be updated whenever new programs are introduced.

For further information on any of these programs, please contact BU’s Study Abroad office at

888 Commonwealth Avenue, 
Boston, MA 02215;
tel: 
617-353-9888
fax 617-353-5402
e-mail: abroad@bu.edu;
http://www.bu.edu/abroad/

 

* Students interested in the fall program at the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London and/or the London-Paris Summer Program on Architecture & Urbanism should also contact Professor Fred Kleiner in BU’s Department of History of Art & Architecture at fsk@bu.edu.

Current History of Art & Architecture Abroad Course Offerings

Frameworks for Interpretation: Historiography and Display
CAS AH300 London, England program page
An introduction to some of the key philosophical theories, particularly aesthetic theories, that inform the history of art. Taken at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.
From Caesar to Corbusier: The History of Switzerland Through Its Art and Architecture Rachman
CAS AH308 Geneva, Switzerland program page
This course covers the history of Switzerland through its art and architecture. It will give a through chronological grounding in the development of the Swiss confederation, from the Roman period to the early twentieth century, setting the country’s development in a wider European context. At the end of the course students should have a wide-ranging knowledge of the major events in Swiss history and a critical appreciation of the way in which they have shaped the built environment of the country and its artistic heritage.
Arts and Media in Britain Sierz
CAS AH319 London, England program page
(Fall only.) This course is designed as an introduction to the arts in Britain. The course should serve to widen specialists’ knowledge, and to provide non-specialists with an overview. The course will cover core elements on such subjects as funding, institutions, accessibility, and value of British Arts.
Modern British Art and Design Donnellan
CAS AH320 London, England program page
Provides a broad introduction to visual arts and design in modern Britain. Through lectures and visits to museums, galleries, and dealers, the course examines the recent history of art and design, the London art market, and the British art establishment.
Between the Lily and the Lion: Art in Renaissance Padua Petrioli
CAS AH349 Padua, Italy program page
This course presents Padua as case study for Renaissance art given its unique geo-historical position: situated between two artistic giants (Florence and Venice), and rooted in Roman origins. Includes critical analysis of works of Padua and the Veneto region from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries with reflections on contemporary history and culture. Class excursions include visits to museums and churches in Padua.
Venetian Renaissance Art and Architecture Stermole
CAS AH354 Venice, Italy program page
This course explores the development of Venetian visual culture from the thirteenth century through the end of the sixteenth century.  Lectures take place in different locations each day and emphasize the importance of seeing and understanding works of art in the physical and historical context for which they were originally created.
French Art and Architecture: Contemporary Art in Paris Lesbaches
CAS AH356 Paris, France program page
This class is an occasion to better understand contemporary French society through a study of various cultural manifestations that have marked the Parisian art scene since the middle of the 19th century. The seminar offers the opportunity to experience contemporary visual art under its various expressions (painting, sculpture, photography, installation art, video art). It gives students the tools for investigating the various meanings of a work of art.
Art and Architecture in Madrid: 1561 – Today Carrasco
CAS AH364 Madrid, Spain program page
Survey of architecture, sculpture, and painting in Madrid, and how these fit in the broader framework of European styles and historical context, 1561-present. Key theories in art history are introduced, giving students a broader perspective on critical approaches to art.
Australian Art and Architecture Barnes
CAS AH374 Sydney, Australia program page
The development of Australian art and architecture from the beginnings of European settlement to the present. Evolving forms of Aboriginal art as well as the culturally diverse sources for non-indigenous Australian art during the past two centuries. Local adoption and adaptation of imported styles and materials, and emergent notions of national and personal identity.
London Architecture and Urbanism Donnellan, Evenden, Scott, & Turvil.
CAS AH381 London, England program page
This course aims to provide an introduction to the history of London and its buildings. The growth of the city as a historical phenomenon, covering early-modern London to the present day and the development of various architectural styles will be discussed in the context of social, political, economic, and social change.
Paris and its Architecture: From Monument to Urban Landscape Meehan
CAS AH383 Paris, France program page
Traces the development of Parisian architecture and urbanism, from the Roman era to the present, focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries and emphasizing dynamic relationships among architecture, urban development, and socio-political history.
British Painting from Holbein to the Twentieth Century Donnellan
CAS AH388 London, England program page
This course provides an introduction to British painting, and is intended for students who have a major or minor in art history. The course is broadly chronological, covering the sixteenth century to the end of the nineteenth. It offers students the unique opportunity of studying the artworks in London galleries and museums.
Writing About Art and Society: Perception Display and Criticism Cumming
CAS AH411 London, England program page
(Spring only.) Examines the relationship between art and society via theoretical and critical readings and visits to London’s museums, galleries, and public art exhibits, focusing on how best to address the non-specialist audience and whether art is “necessary” to the public. 
Greek and Roman Art Stewart, et al.
CAS AH430 London, England program page
An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of Greek and Roman art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.
Seminar, Late Antique and Medieval Art Eastmond, et al.
CAS AH440 London, England program page
An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of late antique and medieval art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.
Seminar, Renaissance Art Hills, et al.
CAS AH450 London, England program page
(Prerequisite: Junior art history concentrator.) An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of Renaissance art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. 
Seminar, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Art Ribouillault, et al.
CAS AH460 London, England program page
(Prerequisite: Junior art history concentrator.) An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. 
Seminar, Special Topics in the History of Art House, et al.
CAS AH490 London, England program page
(Prerequisite: Junior art history concentrator.) An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.