YORK UNIVERSITY MA/PhD ART HISTORY and VISUAL CULTURE ADMISSION APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED to: February 8, 2017.
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MA in Art History
The Graduate Program in Art History is designed to meet contemporary Canadian needs in the areas of art and architectural history, critical theory and writing, visual culture, and the gallery and museum field. It focuses on the Canadian heritage in the visual arts, which is defined as works of art made by Canadians and works which have been brought to Canada to find a permanent home here. The program is bilingual in principal. The M.A. in Art History normally requires two years of full-time study. Part-time students, especially those with experience in the discipline, are encouraged to apply. Where possible, students should be prepared to devote themselves to full-time study at least during their first year in the Graduate Program.
Curatorial Practice Diploma
The Diploma in Curatorial Studies in Visual Culture is taken in conjunction with the M.A. in Art History. Students are required to take an additional 3 credit course in Curatorial Studies, i.e. 24 credits for the M.A. plus diploma.
A focus on curatorial studies is created through a combination of courses and an internship. These include:
PhD in Art History and Visual Culture
York’s PhD in Art History and Visual Culture, inaugurated in 2008, offers a dynamic and flexible course of study. The program prepares its graduates for career choices in academia or the cultural sector by refining critical, scholarly and teaching skills. These objectives are achieved through a combination of formal course work, comprehensive exams, independent research (to be disseminated through a range of publication and exhibition activities), residencies, graduate assistantships, and teaching opportunities.
The doctoral program in Art History and Visual Culture at York offers an exceptional opportunity for research, teaching and professional development within a department that is unique in terms of its resources, location, faculty and areas of interest. The fields of specialization include: Canadian and Aboriginal Art, Curatorial and Museological Studies, Architectural Studies, and Modern and Contemporary Art. In the doctoral program, each of these fields is broadly conceived and students may incorporate research on non-Western topics, minority cultural practices, and interdisciplinary issues and approaches. These four fields of study represent the significant areas of teaching and research strength within York’s Art History faculty, and provide a frame within which students can pursue diverse theoretical and practical engagements within the study of art and visual culture. The Art History and Visual Culture doctoral program is relatively small and allows graduate students to work closely with individual members of the faculty. The PhD in Art History and Visual Culture is a four-year program of study. Program requirements include one year of full-time coursework and a dissertation. The first-year focuses on the development of research skills in all aspects of the program, including graduate seminars, one-on-one supervision and funded graduate assistantships. Students write their comprehensive exams and dissertation proposal in the second year. It is expected that the dissertation research and writing process will take an additional two years. The objective of the program is to prepare candidates for career trajectories in art history and academia, as well as in publishing, curatorial practice, museology, and arts administration.