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BISAC Subject Headings List, Art

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Step 2: Determine the specific term which describes your book. An asterisk (*) denotes a heading that is new for the 2018 Edition.


 Use subjects in this section for historical works or for works discussing technique from a fine art (as opposed to craft) viewpoint.  For works about collecting art or art objects, use subjects in the ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES section.  For works discussing technique from a craft viewpoint, use subjects in the CRAFTS & HOBBIES section.  For works on general principles of design that can be applied to various disciplines (such as art, architecture, crafts, and technology), use subjects in the DESIGN section.

Use subjects beginning with "ART / Techniques" for works on the techniques involved within a given discipline and use subjects beginning with "ART / History" for works consisting largely of reproductions of artworks and/or works on the history of art.  Be aware that some disciplines have an unsubdivided term and a related term beginning with "ART / Techniques" (e.g., "ART / Sculpture & Installation" and "ART / Techniques / Sculpting"). In these cases, the unsubdivided term should be used for pictorials and works on the history of that discipline and not for books on technique.

Subjects beginning with "ART / Subjects & Themes" are generally meant to be used for works discussing and/or illustrating the subjects and themes specified; however, these subjects can also be assigned to works on the techniques used to produce art depicting these subjects and themes.  If a subject beginning with "ART / Subjects & Themes" is used in this way, it is recommended that a subject beginning with "ART / Techniques" be assigned as well.

Subjects beginning with "ART / History" may be used for works on the history of Western or non-Western art. The fact that some subjects beginning with "ART / History" only apply to Western art does not mean that all subjects beginning with "ART / History" only apply to Western art.  Subjects such as "ART / African", "ART / Canadian" or "ART / European" can also be assigned, and should especially be assigned when this information is not implied by an "ART / History" subject.

Use "ART / Color Theory" for theoretical works on color and use "ART / Techniques / Color" for practical works on techniques for using color in art. 

ART000000    ART / General

ART015010    ART / African

ART015020    ART / American / General

ART038000    ART / American / African American

ART039000    ART / American / Asian American

ART040000    ART / American / Hispanic American

                      ART / Animation see PERFORMING ARTS / Animation

ART054000    ART / Annuals

ART037000    ART / Art & Politics

ART019000    ART / Asian / General

ART019010    ART / Asian / Chinese

ART019020    ART / Asian / Indian & South Asian

ART019030    ART / Asian / Japanese

ART042000    ART / Australian & Oceanian

                      ART / Basic Techniques see headings under Techniques

ART055000    ART / Body Art & Tattooing

                      ART / Book Design see DESIGN / Book

ART043000    ART / Business Aspects

ART015040    ART / Canadian

ART044000    ART / Caribbean & Latin American

ART045000    ART / Ceramics

ART006000    ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / General

ART006010    ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / Group Shows

ART006020    ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / Permanent Collections

ART007000    ART / Color Theory

ART008000    ART / Conceptual

ART056000    ART / Conservation & Preservation

                      ART / Costume Design see DESIGN / Textile & Costume

ART009000    ART / Criticism & Theory

                      ART / Design see headings under DESIGN

ART046000    ART / Digital

ART063000    ART / Environmental & Land Art

                      ART / Exhibitions see headings under Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions

ART015030    ART / European

ART057000    ART / Film & Video

ART013000    ART / Folk & Outsider Art

                      ART / Furniture Design see DESIGN / Furniture

ART061000    ART / Glass

ART058000    ART / Graffiti & Street Art

ART015000    ART / History / General

ART015050    ART / History / Prehistoric & Primitive

ART015060    ART / History / Ancient & Classical

ART015070    ART / History / Medieval

ART015080    ART / History / Renaissance

ART015090    ART / History / Baroque & Rococo

ART015120    ART / History / Romanticism

ART015100    ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)

ART015110    ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)

ART016000    ART / Individual Artists / General

ART016010    ART / Individual Artists / Artists' Books

ART016020    ART / Individual Artists / Essays

ART016030    ART / Individual Artists / Monographs

                      ART / Latin American see Caribbean & Latin American

ART047000    ART / Middle Eastern

ART017000    ART / Mixed Media

                      ART / Museum Administration & Museology see BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Museum Administration & Museology

ART059000    ART / Museum Studies

ART041000    ART / Native American

                      ART / Oceanian see Australian & Oceanian

                      ART / Oriental see headings under Asian

ART060000    ART / Performance

ART023000    ART / Popular Culture

ART048000    ART / Prints

                      ART / Product Design see DESIGN / Product

ART062000    ART / Public Art

ART025000    ART / Reference

ART049000    ART / Russian & Former Soviet Union

ART026000    ART / Sculpture & Installation

ART027000    ART / Study & Teaching

ART050000    ART / Subjects & Themes / General

ART050050    ART / Subjects & Themes / Erotica

ART050010    ART / Subjects & Themes / Human Figure

ART050020    ART / Subjects & Themes / Landscapes & Seascapes

ART050030    ART / Subjects & Themes / Plants & Animals

ART050040    ART / Subjects & Themes / Portraits

ART035000    ART / Subjects & Themes / Religious

ART050060    ART / Subjects & Themes / Science Fiction & Fantasy

ART028000    ART / Techniques / General

ART031000    ART / Techniques / Acrylic Painting

ART002000    ART / Techniques / Airbrush

ART003000    ART / Techniques / Calligraphy

ART004000    ART / Techniques / Cartooning

ART051000    ART / Techniques / Color

ART010000    ART / Techniques / Drawing

ART052000    ART / Techniques / Life Drawing

ART018000    ART / Techniques / Oil Painting

ART020000    ART / Techniques / Painting

ART021000    ART / Techniques / Pastel Drawing

ART033000    ART / Techniques / Pen & Ink Drawing

ART034000    ART / Techniques / Pencil Drawing

ART024000    ART / Techniques / Printmaking

ART053000    ART / Techniques / Sculpting

ART029000    ART / Techniques / Watercolor Painting

                      ART / Textile Design see DESIGN / Textile & Costume

                      ART / Video see Film & Video

ART064000    ART / Video Game Art 

ART065000    ART / Women Artists 

If your title does not have subject content, i.e. a blank book, please use the Non-Classifiable term below. Otherwise, use the Subject/General term in the closest descriptive area. NON000000 NON-CLASSIFIABLE

Please note that the BISAC Subject Headings List is governed by the following copyright notice. © 2018, Book Industry Study Group, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of the attached documents may be distributed or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the express permission of the Book Industry Study Group, Inc.


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