Art History Introduction

Reading visual materials provides alternative modes of learning, thinking and research in the humanities and social sciences. The Minor in Art History cultivates analytical skills to interpret a wide range of arts and heritage: from painting, sculpture and architecture to contemporary installation art. As the curriculum straddles different geographies and time-periods it establishes the discipline’s distinct methodology, vocabulary and theoretical foundations. All the same, it explores the possibilities of applying art history and visual materials to other themes and areas of enquiry such as empire, modernity, nationalisms, gender, cultural studies, literature, political science, area studies and more.

The location of this Minor at NUS makes it unique in terms of accessing a fast-growing world-class city for the arts and culture. It aligns with Singapore’s Renaissance City Plan to work closely with the island’s cultural infrastructure, chiefly its National Museums and burgeoning international exhibitions. Set up in collaboration with the National Gallery Singapore, the Minor engages practicing curators as lecturers; it conducts classes within Museum galleries and provides internship opportunities at these institutions. The Minor contributes to grooming young arts professionals, audiences and custodians of world heritage.

Art History is not just History

  • Develop visual analysis skills; interpret artworks and installations
  • Discover Singapore's museums: What goes into the making of a National Gallery?
  • Go behind the scenes of curating an exhibition
  • Appreciate the diversity of materials and techniques of art production globally
  • Co-lectured by curators of National Gallery Singapore
  • How can the University Museums be used to write new art histories?


Convenor: Dr Priya JARADI |