Art History is the study of art and visual culture as instruments of knowledge and methods of human expression. Students of Art, Graphic Design, Photography or future Art Historians understand that this discipline is vital to their academic growth and art education. Shoreline Community College provides classes in the Art History of the Ancient, Renaissance and Modern periods in western culture. In addition, there are also offerings in Asian and Japanese art history. For distance learning students, all of these courses are available online during the academic year. Art History courses also form an important component of the Associate of Fine Arts degree and can be part of a transfer curriculum for a BFA program at a four year college.