Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.A., M.A. (Critical and Curatorial Studies)
X. Gu, A. Shelton, C. Soussloff, S. Watson, B. Ziegler.
D. Claxton, G. James, J. Mansoor, J. Monteyne, M. Pina, M. Roy, M. P. Ryan, T. Smith.
I. Adriasola, A. Khorakiwala, M. McGeough, J. Orell, S. Salgirli, E. Silver, A. Thauberger.
The Department of Art History, Visual Art, & Theory (www.ahva.ubc.ca) (AHVA) offers advanced study of art history in the major periods of European and North American art, in certain areas of Asian art, and in the indigenous arts of the Americas, leading to the Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).
AHVA also offers the Critical and Curatorial Studies (CCST)graduate program, leading to the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Art History, Critical and Curatorial Studies. CCST addresses the growing need for curators and critics who have theoretical knowledge and practical experience in analyzing institutions, preparing displays, and communicating about contemporary art.
For information on the Master of Fine Arts, Visual Arts, please see Fine Arts or AHVA (www.ahva.ubc.ca).
The Ph.D. in Art History encourages high scholastic achievement, original research, and firm theoretical grounding. Normally, admission to the Ph.D. requires the completion of an M.A. in Art History, including reading knowledge of one language other than English. Students with master's degrees in related fields may be required to complete additional art history courses for their Ph.D. program.
The program involves coursework, a language requirement, two comprehensive examinations, a dissertation proposal, a round table presentation, a doctoral dissertation, and oral defense. Students are required to take course-work at the 500-level, including ARTH 571, the Methodology Seminar, unless it has been taken within the previous five (5) years. The Comprehensive Exams require students to be proficient in both a major and a minor field, in order to qualify them for both doctoral thesis research and university teaching. Reading knowledge of a second language, other than English (the first language having been required for the M.A.), relevant to the field of study, is also required. Students are admitted to candidacy once they have completed the residency period, all required coursework, the language requirement, and passed the comprehensive examinations.
The M.A. in Art History is a 2-year program with thesis, designed to instruct students in methods of research and presentation of scholarly materials. It qualifies them for professional work in the discipline.
Applicants for the M.A. Program in Art History should have preparation in the discipline equivalent to the undergraduate major at UBC. Applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
The M.A. degree requires 30 credits; at least 24 credits must be in courses numbered 500 or higher. These will include the Methodology Seminar (ARTH 571, 6 credits) and the Master's Thesis (ARTH 599, 6 credits). Reading knowledge of one language other than English and relevant to the field of study is required.
Students admitted to the M.A. degree program must normally have preparation in the discipline equivalent to the undergraduate major in Art History at UBC, and must meet the general admission requirements for master's degree programs set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Students wishing to apply for this concentration must specify Critical and Curatorial Studies in a written application to the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory.
The program requires the completion of 30 credits, comprised of:
Required Courses (21 credits):
Electives (9 credits)
1Students may choose to complete a maximum of 3 credits of 400-level study. This course must be pre-approved by their Graduate Advisor prior to course registration.
Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Graduate Program Coordinator, Bryn Dharmaratne
403-6333 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z2