Art & Art History

Study the History of Humanity through Art and Architecture

Exploring the history of art and architecture provides an unparalleled insight into our past and a greater understanding of people, cultures, and customs around the globe.

The Art & Art History concentration at WPI allows students to study works of art and architecture within the context of social, political, and cultural environments. This allows students to gain a deeper appreciation of the work of art, the artist, and the point in history during which the art was produced.

One venue for study is the world-renowned Worcester Art Museum, located blocks from WPI, which features a 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings, and new media.

Through a historical perspective, students will study numerous styles of art including painting, modern art, computer animation, modeling, modern architecture, and more.

Inquiry Seminars

Find out what Inquiry Seminars or Practicums (.pdf, 413kb) will be added this academic year here.

As part of the HUA Requirement, each student’s concluding project may be done as an inquiry seminar or as a practicum in art, film, or multimedia.