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Expansion of Tertiary Education – Department of Theory and History of the Art

Mission

The Department of History and Theory of Art was established with the aim of upgrading the quality of Humanities studies in Greece, through research and education in the History of Art. The History and Theory of Art is treated as a specialised and clearly defined (in accordance with international practices) academic and vocational path. The scope of research in the particular field – which is supported by several subject areas, such as Philosophy, History of Aesthetic Theories, Museology, History of Architecture, Anthropology of Art and Criticism – covers European and Western culture in its entirety with the potential to expand as far as ancient and contemporary cultures of the developing world.

Academic Aim and Social Prospects

 The key aim of the Department of History and Theory of Art is to cover a significant gap that characterises the academic and cultural life of Greece. Despite being a member-state of the European Union, Greece has not made adequate efforts to turn Secondary and Higher Education into a vessel for the culture of Europe. The consequences of this academic idleness are, sadly, manifest in all aspects of the everyday life of Greek citizens. Taking advantage of its privileged relationship with the ASFA Department of Fine Arts, the Art Department of History and Theory of Art is dedicated to its objective and its mission of contributing to a better artistic and aesthetic education for the citizens of Greece. The Department’s graduates, as well as the future students of the Postgraduate course – which will be established shortly – will be able to offer their knowledge and experience to Universities, Scientific Institutions, Museums, Municipal Galleries and, most importantly, Secondary Education.