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37 Masters Programs in Art History

A masters degree in Art history is a university program that seeks to impart knowledge to students who wish to obtain a higher understanding of the history of art, and the historical periods that bear great significance to the creativity of art. In this masters program, students have an opportunity to examine the different historical periods in art as well as their social contexts. Apart from the… Read more

A masters degree in Art history is a university program that seeks to impart knowledge to students who wish to obtain a higher understanding of the history of art, and the historical periods that bear great significance to the creativity of art. In this masters program, students have an opportunity to examine the different historical periods in art as well as their social contexts. Apart from the history of art, one gains critical visual skills that should help them widen their perspectives in their practice of art and appreciating art in general.

Most universities offering a masters program in art history also do offer a bachelors program of art history. While some universities may insist on one having a bachelor in art history before pursuing a masters degree, most universities do allow enrollment for students whose first degrees are not of art history origin. However, for these cases, a special exam to examine some proficiency in the art programs may be required.

This masters program is wide and has a variety of possible areas where a student enrolling for the masters program may decide to venture towards. African art, East Asian art, architecture and photography are some of the examples of fields that a masters degree student in Art history may opt to take. A student’s career goals and personal intellectual interests should be the guiding factor in making a choice of the field to pursue.

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University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands

The MA in Arts and Culture: Art History is a unique curatorial program, with a combination of historical and theoretical depth. The faculty of our masters is specialized in th ... +

The MA in Arts and Culture: Art History is a unique curatorial program, with a combination of historical and theoretical depth. The faculty of our masters is specialized in the fields of Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, Northern Renaissance and Baroque art, including pre-modern globalization, the art of the Enlightenment, twentieth-century art, art criticism, new media, and materials and techniques. -
MA
Full-time
12 months
English
01 Sep 2021
01 May 2021
Campus
 
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Contemporary Art History focuses on visual, process-based, and digital art from the 1960s until today. This specialization trains you as an art historian who is equipped to ta ... +

Contemporary Art History focuses on visual, process-based, and digital art from the 1960s until today. This specialization trains you as an art historian who is equipped to tackle this complex but fascinating field. -
Master
Full-time
English
Sep 2021
01 Apr 2021
Campus
 
Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Maastricht, Netherlands

This one-year program is offered in both English and Dutch. The master’s program in Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management, and Education examines the concepts of ‘heritage’ an ... +

This one-year program is offered in both English and Dutch. The master’s program in Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management, and Education examines the concepts of ‘heritage’ and ‘art’ as expressions of past and present culture. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 

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Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Medford, USA

The master’s program in Art History is designed to provide a broad historical and theoretical understanding of the visual arts, in addition to developing critical thinking and ... +

The master’s program in Art History is designed to provide a broad historical and theoretical understanding of the visual arts, in addition to developing critical thinking and methodological skills. Students engage these issues through course work, seminars independent research, and teaching experience. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
USI Università della Svizzera italiana
Lugano, Switzerland +1 More

The Master in History and Theory of Art and Architecture (MSTAA) includes both the study of the history of architecture and art history. It is a complete Master with the aim o ... +

The Master in History and Theory of Art and Architecture (MSTAA) includes both the study of the history of architecture and art history. It is a complete Master with the aim of reversing the growing marginalization of architecture art history studies. At the same time, the study of architecture and art history in various times in history (the middle ages, the modern age, and the contemporary age) is complemented by in-depth studies on the theory and criticism of architecture, artistic literature, the history and practice of restoration (with moments of activity in the field), museology and digital humanities with an eye towards other artistic and cultural expressions (photography, cinema, theatre, literature). Practical workshops and internships in affiliated institutions complete the Master's training offer. -
Master
Full-time
4 semesters
English, Italian
Sep 2021
30 Apr 2021
Campus
 
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Madrid, Spain

The aim of the Master's Degree in History of Contemporary Art and Visual Culture is to train specialists and researchers trained both for the historical and critical analysis ... +

The aim of the Master's Degree in History of Contemporary Art and Visual Culture is to train specialists and researchers trained both for the historical and critical analysis of the most recent artistic evolution and for the application of these capacities to cultural production and management. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
2 semesters
Spanish
Sep 2021
Campus
 
John Cabot University
Rome, Italy

John Cabot University’s MA in Art History guides students toward professional mastery of the materials and methods of art history with an emphasis on first-hand research in th ... +

John Cabot University’s MA in Art History guides students toward professional mastery of the materials and methods of art history with an emphasis on first-hand research in the museums, monuments, and archaeological sites of Rome. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
15 months
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of St Andrews
Saint Andrews, United Kingdom

The MLitt in Art History offers a diverse range of subject areas, from early medieval art and architecture to contemporary performance art; modules address major themes and co ... +

The MLitt in Art History offers a diverse range of subject areas, from early medieval art and architecture to contemporary performance art; modules address major themes and concepts that connect different periods of art history. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
English
06 Sep 2021
11 Aug 2021
Campus
 
OCAD University
Toronto, Canada

Offering students a compelling array of perspectives to investigate and assess the ever-shifting worlds of contemporary art, design, and new media art. OCAD University’s MA in ... +

Offering students a compelling array of perspectives to investigate and assess the ever-shifting worlds of contemporary art, design, and new media art. OCAD University’s MA in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories are unique in Canada in its focus on contemporary art, design and media production and theory. In this interdisciplinary program, you’ll engage with contemporary issues and works, while drawing on theoretical frameworks, historical contexts, and creative precedents that have shaped today’s visual and critical landscape. Program facilities are located in the heart of Toronto’s arts and culture district, in close proximity to the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Design Exchange, the Textile Museum of Canada, the Gardiner Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

A Masters from the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology provides students with expertise in the History of Art and/or Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Middle Ea ... +

A Masters from the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology provides students with expertise in the History of Art and/or Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Our postgraduates progress to work in arts, culture and heritage roles, including in galleries, museums, archives, conservation, publishing and arts administration. The large portfolio of transferable skills they acquire enables them to forge careers in a range of other fields across the world. Our Master's programmes are also an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD research. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 years
English
27 Sep 2021
30 Jun 2021
Campus
 
University of Cagliari
Cagliari, Italy

Graduates will be qualified to work at levels of high competence in museums, Superintendents, specialized libraries in Archaeology and Art History, local authorities and vario ... +

Graduates will be qualified to work at levels of high competence in museums, Superintendents, specialized libraries in Archaeology and Art History, local authorities and various institutes engaged in research and enhancement of archaeological, historical and artistic ... -
Master
Full-time
2 years
Italian
Campus
 
Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Bengaluru, India

The MA in Aesthetics and Visual Cultures enables students to engage with a range of artistic and cultural practices including the visual arts, performance arts, film, and vide ... +

The MA in Aesthetics and Visual Cultures enables students to engage with a range of artistic and cultural practices including the visual arts, performance arts, film, and video. It enables you to understand the histories and theories of these practices in an Indian as well as the international context so that students are equipped to work within the wider field of arts and culture as museum/gallery/festival curators, researchers, policymakers, consultants or entrepreneurs. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University of Kent, School of Arts
Canterbury, United Kingdom

It includes a term in Rome where we run the MA with the American University of Rome. A range of themes and approaches are considered in this MA with a particular focus on medi ... +

It includes a term in Rome where we run the MA with the American University of Rome. A range of themes and approaches are considered in this MA with a particular focus on medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art in Italy. The first term is taught in Canterbury. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Richmond The American International University in London
Kensington, United Kingdom

The MA in Art History and Visual Culture programme prepares students for advanced research in the visual arts and an exciting creative career in the art world. This programme ... +

The MA in Art History and Visual Culture programme prepares students for advanced research in the visual arts and an exciting creative career in the art world. This programme focuses on intercultural issues in art history and visual culture, and professional practice in the visual arts, which prepares graduate students for further education and careers in the arts and creative cultural industries. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Utrecht University
Utrecht, Netherlands

Our specialised and intensive Master's programme immerses you in traditional and innovative approaches to the history of art.

Our specialised and intensive Master's programme immerses you in traditional and innovative approaches to the history of art. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 

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