Art & Art History
Stanford’s art and art history department teaches students at all levels to engage with the world around them with insight and imagination.
Students in the Department of Art & Art History develop more than just visual literacy skills. Whether they’re painting or filming, sculpting or studying, they also learn to think critically about the historical, theoretical, and cultural implications of art.
At Stanford, the teaching and practice of art are closely integrated. Leading scholars and critically acclaimed artists guide students’ work in the classroom and studio.
Together, they not only help students build a strong conceptual and technical background but also encourage them to take risks in their scholarship and artwork. Classes spanning history and mediums explore topics from medieval art to light as a sculptural element.
The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in art history and art practice, including master’s of fine arts in studio art and design. It is also home to the MFA program in documentary film, one of the top filmmaking programs in the country.