PhD in Art History Program

The PhD program opens with the rigorous two-term required Methodology seminar led by two professors who are specialists in divergent areas. Seminar offerings within the Department are broad and diverse, and students are encouraged to take seminar coursework outside the Department as well. This typically provides our students with ways of complementing their art history courses either by pursuing their specialization or by extending the scope of their studies. We have well-established links with Social Geography, History, Anthropology, Women’s Studies, the Institute of European Studies, the Institute of Asian Research, the Latin American Institute, and First Nations Studies, amongst others.

The Graduate Advisory Committee is available at all times to assist with course selection and the general direction of studies. Members of this committee meet routinely with every graduate student at the beginning of the academic year. The student assembles his/her own committee initially in preparation for the two required Comprehensive examinations. The Minor Comprehensive is intended to foster an alternative direction to the student’s main specialization, both as an enrichment and in order to expand career potential. The Major Comprehensive establishes the foundation for research in a specialized area. Following the completion of coursework, the comprehensive examinations, and the language requirement, the thesis proposal is established with the guidance of the student’s Thesis Committee.

A successful PhD thesis is founded on high scholastic achievement, original research, and firm theoretical grounding. At the mid-stage of thesis research, PhD candidates share their findings with peers, faculty, and the public through a Round Table presentation to receive invaluable critical feedback. Upon completion of their thesis our students have gone on to make considerable contributions to teaching and research in universities, museums and galleries worldwide.

For information about applying to the PhD in Art History, see the sidebar to the left and click ‘PhD Admissions’ for requirements and ‘Contact Info’ for graduate advisors. The FAQ section contains information about admissions, programs and funding, and the ‘Funding and Awards’ tab includes a list of awards and scholarships available to graduate students. To view course information, select either the ‘PhD Curriculum’ or ‘Past Graduate Seminar’ links. Thesis topics along with past and upcoming graduate student events can also be found in the sidebar. To return to the current page, follow the ‘PhD Program Info’ link.

For complete details and requirements, please see the PhD in Art History Program brochure here: Download