Minor in Art History

The Minor in Art History offers a basic introduction to methodologies of art history to students across NTU. Through a study of artworks and monuments from diverse cultural and historical spheres, students acquire a foundational knowledge of artistic cultures and an understanding of their distinctiveness. Students also develop a preliminary facility for looking at artworks and interpreting them in ways that are methodical, purposeful and informed.

Attention is paid to relationships between language and visuality by employing interpretive strategies such as: the consideration of material and form, the role of description and analysis in interpretation, familiarity with precedents and models for interpretation alongside the practice of writing. Seeing, reading and writing are the formative processes in this programme.

This Minor is a complement to SoH degrees and to degree programmes such as Chinese Studies, English, Sociology, Communications, Psychology and History. The Minor offers new stimulating perspectives on the world for Natural Science, Engineering and Business students.

Minor in Art History Curriculum (AY2021 Intake and Before)


Current Curriculum


Compulsory Cores (6 AUs)

  • DD1003 Introduction to Histories of Art I: Western Art History
  • DD1004 Introduction to Asian Art Histories

ADM students who wish to do a Minor in Art History will take HR1001 and HR2001 in replacement of DD1003 and DD1004 (Already taken as Core for ADM students).


    Any 3 electives from any category including inter-major prescribed electives (9 AUs)

    HR1001Ways of Seeing: Exploring Visual Culture
    HR2001Introduction to the Histories of Southeast Asian Arts


    Category A: Global Art Histories
    HR2003The Art and Architecture of the “Long Century” 1789-1914
    HR2004Survey of Modern Art 1900-1945
    HR2008Faith and Art
    HR2011Global Modernisms: 1850-1950
    HR3003From Modern to Post-Modern Art 1945 – 1985
    HR3004Art in the Age of Colonialism 
    HR3008Aesthetic Manifestations of Buddhist Devotion & Practice
    DD3016History of Design
    DF2009History of World Cinema
    DP2002History of Photography
    DT2007History of Animation
    HH1025World Archaeology
    HH2125The World in 12 Objects
    HH4003The Silk Road: Old and New
    HH4125Colonial Archaeology of Southeast Asia
    Category B: Contemporary Art & Theory
    HR2002Issues in Art History and Theory
    HR2005Survey of New Media
    HR3001Cities, Bodies, Memories, Art & Everyday Life in Contemporary Singapore
    HR3002Issues in Global Contemporary Art
    DD3012Methods in Art & Design
    DF2002Survey of Experimental Filmmaking
    DF2006Ethnographic Film
    HH3001Historiography: Theory and Methods
    HH4021Public and Applied History
    Category C: Archaeology, Curatorial, Heritage, and Museum Studies
    HR2009Contemporary Curating
    HR2010Introduction to Museum Studies
    HR4001Exhibition Histories: Museums to Biennales
    DA2004Exhibition Design
    DD2013Visualization of Cultural Heritage
    DD3027Maritime Silk Roads: Heritage & Media
    HH1125History and Archaeology: An Introduction
    HH4005Culture and Heritage: Perspectives from History
    Category D: Asian Art Histories
    HR2006Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art​
    HR2007Contemporary Southeast Asian Art
    HR3006The Modern and Modernism in Southeast Asian Art
    HR3007Japanese Art: Edo to Contemporary
    HR300919th Century Southeast Asian Art: Interactions and Refractions
    HR4003From Colonialism to Tourism: Early Photography in Asia
    HH2025The World of Southeast Asia to 1600
    HH2030Ascetics and Aesthetics of Medieval Japan
    HH3023Burma/Myanmar: A History


    Inter-Major Prescribed Electives
    The Fantastic in Western Visual Arts 
    HR4002British Art: 1815 – 1929
    DF2005Writing for Film
    HL2007Contemporary Literature and Culture 
    HR2009Southeast Asian Literature and Culture
    HL2015War in Literature and Film 
    HL2043Fantasy Literature
    HL2044Introduction to Publishing
    HL2045Workshop in Theatre Practice
    HL3001Film Theory 
    HL3003Film and Literature
    HL3036The History of the Book 
    HL3038Theatre of the Absurd
    HL3042Gothic Literature
    HL3043Modernist Soundscapes
    HL3044The Legends of King Arthur
    HL4009Popular Literature and Culture 
    HL4014Advanced Studies in Film 
    HL4024Advanced Studies in Contemporary Literature
    HL4040Literature and Art 
    HL4041Studies in Art Criticism and Culture ​
    HL4042Being Human in Film and Literature
    HH3003Migration and Diaspora: Chinese Experiences in Comparative Perspective
    Film: A Global History