How can we improve people’s perceptions of Art History as an academic discipline?

The Courtauldian, Issue 14, December 2016


People perceive art history to be simply the study of fine art, rather than a broader survey of cultural development through imagery; Art History students should not have to justify the academic status of their subject. The solution to improving peoples’ perceptions lies in the ned to more widely educate people on the complexities of the subject.

No matter which piece of art or architecture you see, there were personal, political, sociological and religions factors behind its creation. This makes the study of Art History such an interesting discipline to study.

The background of the subject does not only broaden the mind of students, but it teaches those who undertake an Art History course the developments of life across the millennia.

The study of Art History as an academic discipline requires students to think critically, analyse and have an eloquent writing technique. These are undeniably crucial skills. This enables students to better understand and perceive the world around them, through visual analysis. Visual analysis has become a desired skill in contemporary society, which has become increasingly saturated with images, particularly in the expanding world of social media.

Art History as an academic discipline provides the means by which we can understand our human past and its relationship to our present, because the act of making r is one of humanity’s most truthful and revealing activities.