Students who complete the M.A. degree in Art History at the College of Visual Arts and Design prepare for doctoral study by developing an enhanced understanding of past and contemporary visual art forms, in-depth knowledge of art history methodologies, and advanced skills in art history research. Graduates critically analyze and apply different theories and methods in their investigation of artworks, images from visual culture, or other related materials. They furthermore design, implement, and defend original research of relevance to the area of specialization.
Coursework for the M.A. in Art History consists of 30 semester credit hours and is completed in two years. The program includes 15-21 hours in graduate art history seminars, an optional 6 credit-hour minor, a seminar in research methods, and a 6 credit-hour original research project. Students additionally complete a Research Project Colloquium presentation of the proposed original research and demonstrate proficiency in foreign language sufficient to engage in primary source investigation.
Students may pursue graduate study in the following areas:
- visual and material culture of the late antique and medieval periods in Europe, the Islamic world, and South Asia
- visual and material culture in the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas from the 16th to the 21st Century
- historiography, methodology and theory of art and visual and material culture since 1900
Within these areas, students work with an array of faculty whose interests and expertise intersect on such issues as colonialism, postcolonialism, geography, ritual and spatial analysis, race, gender, and sexuality.
Recent capstone research projects include:
- Isabel Lee-Rosson, 2017, "American and Lebanese Cultural Diplomacy: Foregrounding Paul Guiragossian's Exhibitions in the United States, ca. 1970"
- Tiffany Tuley Grassmuck, 2017, "Moving Downtown: Nullifying Past Negative Perception with the Dallas Arts District as Postmodern City Image"
- Rachel Hiser-Remmes, 2017, "A New Sensation: Abbot Desiderius' Employment of the Tactile in the Reformation of the Northeastern Corner of Sant'Angelo in Formis"
- Megan Lynn Wanttie, 2017, "Scent and Identity: Self-fashioning, private pleasure, class, and health in Charles Gouyn's 1755 Dressing Set"
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