The MA in Art History is designed to provide a broad historical and theoretical understanding of the visual arts, in addition to developing critical thinking and methodological skills. You'll engage with these issues through course work, seminars, independent research, and teaching experience.
In this program, you will advance your visual literacy and analysis skills while you gain deep understanding of key debates, concepts, and methods in Art History. You will develop and carry out original research, using primary sources, with the goal of producing publishable or near-publishable written work. You'll also gain valuable teaching and presentation experience, learn about a range of professional opportunities in the field, and become familiar with the ethics and responsibilities of the profession practice.
You'll complete your degree either by writing a thesis or by submitting two qualifying papers; either option involves an independent research topic designed in consultation with your faculty advisor. The small size of our program gives you the opportunity to get to know you cohort and to enjoy close working relationships with our faculty.
After completing the degree, you will be well prepared for further PhD study or to enter the job market. Our graduates typically go on to careers in many fields and settings including museums, arts education, historic preservation, consulting, auction houses, galleries, art magazines, and more.
Reading knowledge of a foreign language
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