Art History is the basis for all theoretical inputs for Visual Arts. There are no visuals without words. The department imparts theoretical aspects of various visual and public arts. The syllabus covers the general history of world art, India and Western Art History from prehistoric to contemporary times and that of far eastern art as well. Historiography or history makes one aware of the relation between aesthetics and politics. Both critical and analytical approaches to art are applicable leading to creative writing and aesthetic thinking. Visual aids like print, photographs, slides and video (CDs, DVDs). Films and cassettes about artworks, art movements, artists and museum studies are used to kindle the interest in students towards a better understanding and experience of art. The department conducts regular study tours covering historical monuments, folk traditions, art galleries and museums. Students are also assigned project work for internal submission. Various well known visiting scholars and artists are invited for constant interaction through dialogues and slide lectures. Degrees available in the stream are B.V.A., M.V.A.


Career Options :

Art Criticism, art writing, research, museology, indology, art curation among other ever widening scopes / areas are available to students of art history.



   Dr. R.H. Kulkarni

Dr. R.H. Kulkarni

Professor - Head of the Department

(b.1968, Nilogal, Koppal, Karnataka)
Has a degree BFA (Art History, CAVA, Mysore,1989) & MFA (Art History, M.S.University, Baroda), MA (History & Archaeology, Dharwad University, 2006), P.G.Diploma (Epigraphy, Mysore University, 1996) & holds a Doctorate in Art History, Mysore University (2001). He is a pioneer researcher in Pre & Early Chalukyan Art, Architecture & Culture. He has published several research papers on visual art and culture in leading academic publications both nationally and internationally. His recent publication includes the book “Pre and Early Chalukya Sculpture—Origin and Development”, (Harman Publishing House, New Delhi, 2009) Currently he is the Principal of College of Fine Arts, KCP & heads the Dept of Art History.

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