This master's program integrates the theoretical study of art history with practical concerns of displaying, managing, and interpreting art objects in a variety of museum settings.
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M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies
The master's program in art history and museum studies, offered by the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, gives students advanced qualifications in art history and a broad introduction to museum work. The program is offered for those hoping to work in art collection-related fields.
Students take courses in art history and museum studies simultaneously. Graduates of this program typically pursue careers as curators, collections managers, educators or administrators in museums and galleries.
- Demonstrate understanding of key debates, concepts, and methods in art history
- Advance their skills in visual literacy and analysis of artworks
- Gain familiarity with a broad temporal and geographic scope of art across media
- Demonstrate the ability to contextualize the cultural and historical significance of a broad range of artworks
- Develop and carry out original research in at least one subfield, using primary sources
- Refine their public presentation skills
- Produce publishable or near-publishable written work and understand field-specific publishing standards
- Build basic teaching skills
- Learn about a range of professional opportunities in art history
- Practice responsible and ethical conduct of the profession, especially as outlined by the practices and standards of the College Art Association
- Gain command of key issues facing art museums today
- Learn current museum practices from practitioners in the field
- Gain valuable hands-on experience through a structured internship at an institution of their choice
- Learn about professional opportunities and establish a contact network in the museum world
- Develop an understanding of the histories of museums and art institutions
Fall: January 15
Round 2 for Fall Enrollment: May 15
> Application fee
> Personal statement
> Official GRE required
> Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Three letters of recommendation
> Writing sample
- A recent writing sample of your best piece of writing
> Reading knowledge of a foreign language
For more information, visit the Department of Art and Art History.