The Art History MA degree is designed to give students an advanced understanding of western art history. The program offers specializations in ancient art, medieval art, renaissance art, baroque art, 18th and 19th-century art, and pre-war modern art.
The art history curriculum is paired with six credits of fine art studio classes, which allow our students to become familiar with traditional methods of fine art production including painting, printmaking, and sculpture. This marriage of art history and fine art studies offers a perspective through which art and its historical trajectory can be uniquely evaluated and appreciated.
MA Art History Unit Requirements
- Major 30 units
- Studio 6 units
TOTAL 36 units
MA Art History Degree Requirements
- Successful completion of Final Thesis Project.
- Minimum 2.0 GPA.
- A minimum grade of C in all required 36 units.
- Reading Proficiency in one of the following languages:
- French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Greek or Spanish*
- If proficient in another European language that is not listed, consult with Admissions Office.
NOTE: Students must demonstrate reading proficiency in at least one European Language prior to midpoint. European Language coursework cannot apply toward the Master's Degree.
MA Program Learning Outcomes
Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
Art Historical Knowledge
Demonstrate advanced specialized knowledge of a specific period or field of art history, including the creative process and related intellectual issues, through a final written thesis.
Research and Analysis
- Research and persuasively analyze/argue an art historical issue and/or theoretical position.
- Apply theoretical and methodological approaches to the interpretation of Western art and architecture.
- Conduct independent scholarly research, highlighting a joint understanding of art historical issues and the creative process through a written thesis in the student's chosen area of specialization.
Clearly express their ideas through scholarly writing and researched presentations. Demonstrate reading proficiency in at least one Western European language.
Apply acquired specialized as well as broader art historical knowledge and research skills in a variety of contexts (scholarly, educational, curatorial, connoisseurial).
Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status.
All international students will require a VISA to enter the US and an OPT application to extend their stay after graduation. Selecting a STEM approved program allows for the benefit of being able to apply for an extended 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) stay to work in the country after graduation.
The following Academy majors qualify for the 24-month STEM Extension: Advanced Architectural Design; Advertising; Advertising & Branded Media Technology; Animation & Visual Effects; Architecture; Architectural Design; Art Education; Communications & Media Technologies; Game Development; Game Programming; Graphic Design; Graphic Design & Digital Media; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture & Design; New Media & Web Design. For more information on approved STEM programs, how to apply, and more common questions about studying as an international student at the Academy of Art University, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page here.
The program length is based on graduating in normal time.
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Last updated March 19, 2018