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Art History

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.A., M.A. (Critical Curatorial Studies)

Members

Professors

X. Gu, R. Prince, A. Shelton, C. Soussloff, S. Watson.

Associate Professors

D. Claxton, G. James, J. Monteyne, M. Pina, M. Roy, M. P. Ryan, T. Smith, B. Zeigler.

Assistant Professors

I. Adriasola, K. Hacker, C. Knicely, J. Mansoor, J. Orell, S. Salgirli.

Instructors

C. D’Onofrio

Program Overview

The Department of Art History, Visual Art, & Theory (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 graduate program, leading to the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Art History, Critical Curatorial Studies (CCST). 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.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

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.

Program Requirements

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.

Master of Arts

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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Program Requirements

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.

Master of Arts, Critical and Curatorial Studies

Admissions Requirements

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.

Program Requirements

The degree requires 30 credits of which 18 credits are in Critical and Curatorial Studies courses. A minimum of 6 credits must be selected from the graduate-level courses in the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory with the ARTH course designation. Up to 6 elective credits may be graduate courses selected from outside of the Department.

    Program Courses:
  • CCST 500: Seminar in Historical Frameworks for Critical Curatorial Studies (3 credits)
  • CCST 501: Seminar in Contemporary Contextual Issues for Critical and Curatorial Practice (3 credits)
  • CCST 502: Case Studies in Exhibitions and Institutions (3 credits)
  • CCST 503: Graduate Practicum and Major Paper in Curatorial Studies (9 credits)

Contact Information

Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Graduate Program Coordinator, Bryn Dharmaratne
403-6333 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z2
Tel: 604.822.4340
Fax: 604.822.9003
Email: ahva.grad@ubc.ca
Web: www.ahva.ubc.ca

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