About Our Graduate Studies

The Department of Art History offers both an MA and PhD degree. Both programs emphasize the research, writing, and teaching necessary to pursue a career in academia or museum work.

The Art History program is devoted to investigating visual arts and architecture across time and cultures. Graduate courses cover a range of fields of study: Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, Modern, and Contemporary. Taught by 24 full-time faculty members, drawn from all three campuses (St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough), these courses reflect the global range of faculty research areas: African and Diaspora Studies, Canadian Art, East Asian Art, European Art, Indigenous Art, Islamic Art and Architecture, and South Asian Art. Students in the graduate program benefit from the department’s affiliations with the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies. Some work towards collaborative degrees in Book History and Print Culture, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, Jewish Studies, Sexual Diversity Studies, and the Mediterranean Archaeology Collaborative Specialization. Resources and affiliated faculty at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Museum, the Gardiner Museum, and the Art Gallery of Ontario also provide access to Toronto’s vibrant arts scene.

The St. George Department of Art History furnishes students with the ability to examine, reflect upon, and write about visual representations. The Department of Art History is able to offer supervision in all major areas of Art History, as well as a broad range of graduate courses every year. Students are a vital part of our research community, not only attending courses but also organizing reading groups and workshops, and participating in our very active calendar of lectures and conferences. Please visit the MA Program and PhD Program pages for specific admission requirements.

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