The AHVA Department offers four graduate programs:

  • Art History (MA and PhD)
    Enriched by access to the full complement of university offerings, the ARTH programs encourage students to situate art in its historical context, to analyze its impact on the world, and to develop theoretical frameworks that contribute to critical debates in the field. The programs encourage high scholastic achievement, original research, and a firm methodological grounding. The two-year MA program prepares students for a wide range of art-related careers and for further study at the PhD level; the PhD program fosters the highest level of art historical research and scholarship, with exacting study and strong field experience.
  • MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies
    The CCST program is tantamount to an MA in Art History with a specialization. It includes a practicum exhibition or curatorial project wherein students create their own relationships with local galleries, benefiting from the Department’s partnership with the Museum of Anthropology and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.
  • MFA in Visual Art
    The VISA program equips artists with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to make critical and engaging artwork and to participate in an ever-changing art world. The emphasis in the Visual Art program is to develop the creative potential of the individual student in his/her milieu, enhanced by research into critical art discourse on advanced contemporary art through direct access to the university’s extensive facilities and diverse disciplines. Students in the program may work in any area of contemporary art production including painting, drawing, printmaking, three-dimensional and installation work, photography, digital art, intermedia, video, performance, sound, or in any interdisciplinary form.

Though distinct, these programs are interconnected and complementary, fostering a community of diverse backgrounds and interests which contributes to arts and cultural discourse on local, national, and global levels. For more information visit our Community page.

The department provides advice and assistance, as well as an introductory workshop in September, to students making applications to the SSHRC and Affiliated Fellowship major funding panels. The department also allocates funds for art history research travel in response to an annual round of applications, and often provides special funding for projects proposed by seminars and student groups.

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