Master in Art History

Academy of Art University

Program Description

Master in Art History

Academy of Art University

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 historical 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
  • 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.

Communication Skills

Clearly express their ideas through scholarly writing and researched presentations. Demonstrate reading proficiency in at least one Western European language.

Professional Readiness

Apply acquired specialized as well as broader art historical knowledge and research skills in a variety of contexts (scholarly, educational, curatorial, connoisseurial).

Visit 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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 16, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus or Online
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 - 3 years
Full time
982 USD
Start date Sept. 2017
USA San Francisco, California
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End date Request Info
Duration 2 - 3 years
Price 982 USD
per unit - 3 units per class.