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MA or PhD in Art History

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The graduate Art History programs at UT, comprising the MA in Art History and the PhD in Art History, are among the nation’s largest and most distinguished, with nearly twenty full-time faculty members who are leading scholars in their fields and represent a diversity of critical and methodological outlooks. Students in Art History are regularly honored with prestigious awards and fellowships, and alumni from this program lead successful careers at colleges, universities, and museums worldwide.

The programs’ expansive scope comprises courses covering a wide range of periods and cultures of art, while areas of special concentration are represented by several active research centers. Interdisciplinary study and collaboration play a vital role in the program. Additionally, research is enhanced by access to the many resources available across campus including the Blanton Museum of Art, one of the country’s leading university art museums; the university’s notable library system; and cultural archives such as the Harry Ransom Center.

Eligibility

Applicants to the Master of Arts Program are expected to have completed a broad range of undergraduate coursework in art history (18 hours in art history are recommended) and related fields. MA students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in reading/translating one contemporary language other than English prior to beginning the fourth semester in residence.

Program Tracks

Four MA tracks are offered:

  • General (allows students to cover diverse historical areas of art history)
  • Ancient (Western and Non-Western)
  • Medieval to Early Modern

Program of Work — General Track

HoursCoursework
18

6 Art History courses

6

2 Minor (supporting) courses

6

2 Thesis courses (to be taken in sequence)

30 total 

Program of Work — Specialized Track

Specialized tracks.

HoursCoursework
18

6 Art History courses

6

2 Minor (supporting) courses

6

2 Thesis courses (to be taken in sequence)

30 total 

Example Program Plan

YearFall CourseworkSpring Coursework
First Year
Second Year

Language Requirement

MA students must have reading/translation competence in at least one modern language in addition to English. The additional language will be relevant to the student’s areas of study and will allow the student to understand the scholarship of their field. The language will be determined in consultation with the Graduate Adviser and the choice is subject to ratification by the Graduate Studies Committee.

The choice of language is flexible but must be decided in consultation with one’s advisor/committee chair or the Graduate Adviser if an advisor has not yet been selected. Language courses cannot count toward fulfillment of the requirement for six hours of coursework taken outside the department (supporting work or Minor).

The language exam requirement must be fulfilled in one of the following ways:

  • 4 semesters of college-level language courses passed at grade B or above. Advanced placement credit can count towards the required number of courses.
  • Departmental exam to test translation proficiency in French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Portuguese (and other languages as petitioned by students) administered 3 times each year (beginning and end of fall semester, and once during spring semester). Exams are graded by at least 2 faculty members. Language exams will be administered to students who wish take it in a given semester. The exam proceeds simultaneously, in a single location and time that works for all. This requirement can be fulfilled in one of the following ways, and must be satisfied by the end of the third long semester in residence.
  • To compensate for the exceptional difficulty involved, students who plan on qualifying in a language other than the traditional European languages may be allowed to do so. Permission may be granted after consultation with the Graduate Adviser and after petitioning the faculty to substitute an instructional course in that language in place of a supporting (i.e. out-of-department) course.

Thesis Colloquium

During the semester of enrollment in Thesis research (ARH 698A, 3 hours), usually in the third semester of residence and after the completion of 18 hours of coursework, the student presents a topic for faculty approval in a Thesis Colloquium. Enrollment in ARH 698B Thesis (3 hours) may take place only after an approved presentation.

  • In the first year, no later than the end of the Spring semester, the student will contact an Art History faculty member about supervising the thesis and initiate a discussion about possible topics.
  • Students are encouraged to interview faculty in their area of specialization in order to find a faculty supervisor/committee chair. Students and supervisors must be in alignment to accommodate their professional goals. Failing to find a supervisor will result in termination from the program.
  • The wise Art History Master’s student will take advantage of the summer following the first year to develop and research a topic or possible topics with the goal of being ready to schedule the colloquium in the early part of the Fall semester.
  • If the colloquium is not held, a grade of Incomplete is assigned; a final grade will be assigned when the colloquium is held during the next long semester.

Refer to the handbook for details regarding the processes involved with submitting the final thesis and applying for graduation.

Program Handbook

Applicants to the Doctoral Program must have an MA in art history or an MA in a related field with substantial coursework in art history at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants completing the second year of a Master’s program are also eligible to apply.

Program of Work

The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires at least thirty hours of coursework beyond the MA degree. Course requirements include:

  • A minimum of five graduate seminars in at least two of the department’s chronological groupings of western and non-western art: Ancient; Medieval to Early Modern; and Modern
  • Nine hours of supporting work, normally consisting of two graduate seminars outside the Department of Art and Art History in areas related to the major field, and one graduate reading course outside the Department of Art and Art History often taken in the context of preparation for the qualifying examination. All of these courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  • A minimum of six hours of dissertation research and writing

Further requirements include reading/translation competence in at least two contemporary languages in addition to English, a dissertation colloquium, written and oral qualifying examinations that admit the student to doctoral candidacy, the dissertation, and the oral defense of the dissertation. PhD students who are employed as Teaching Assistants must enroll for one term in ARH 398T Supervised Teaching in Art History , a pedagogy seminar that meets one hour per week. This course does not count toward completion of the degree.

SemesterCoursework
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Before advancing to doctoral candidacy, the student must have satisfied the requirement for reading proficiency in two contemporary languages in addition to English (see Language Requirement below).
5thDissertation hours (ARH 399R, 699R, 999R)
Student registers for only one semester in R status, all subsequent semesters are in W status.
6th +Dissertation hours (ARH 399W, 699W, 999W)
Student must be registered in dissertation hours in all long semesters until graduation.

Doctoral students must have reading/translation competence in at least 2 modern languages in addition to English. These languages will be relevant to students’ areas of study and will allow individuals to undertake primary research and understand the scholarship of their chosen field.

Language courses cannot count toward fulfillment of the requirement for 9 hours of coursework taken outside the department (supporting work or minor). Each language requirement can be fulfilled in one of the following ways, and must be satisfied before advancing to doctoral candidacy:

  • Four semesters of college-level language courses passed at grade B or above. Advanced Placement credit can count towards the required number of courses.
  • Departmental exam to test translation proficiency in French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Portuguese (and other languages as petitioned by students) administered twice per semester. Exams are graded by at least two faculty members. Language exams will be administered to students who wish take it in a given semester. The exam proceeds simultaneously, in a single location and time that works for all. The choice of language is flexible but must be decided in consultation with one’s adviser.
  • Confirmation of completion of a modern language requirement from the student’s Master’s program.

To compensate for the exceptional difficulty involved, students who plan on qualifying in a language other than the traditional European languages may be allowed, after consultation with the graduate advisor and after petitioning the faculty, to substitute an instructional course in that language in place of a supporting (i.e. out-of-department) course.

Dissertation Colloquium

The Colloquium is intended to be an informal conversation with the faculty concerning the topic, its feasibility, and potential pitfalls that might affect the student’s ability to complete it successfully.

The Dissertation Colloquium is held during the third or fourth term of the student’s residence and after the completion of at least 18 hours of coursework. A week before the scheduled Dissertation Colloquium, the student presents to the Graduate Adviser for Art History and the faculty a written prospectus, prepared with the help of the dissertation adviser.

The topics for the qualifying examination are also set at the Colloquium, and the examining committee is determined. At this time, the composition of the dissertation committee is also discussed. The student must complete the Qualifying Examination by the end of the next long semester following the Colloquium.

Qualifying Examination

The student will be examined in four areas: at least two broad areas of expertise and one or two focused areas with the possibility of one area being directed by a faculty member outside the Department. All of these exams will be written and must be completed within a one-week period. In consultation with each faculty member on their examination committee, students will schedule three-hour time periods during which they will take the written exams.

At least two weeks before the examination, the student will confirm with the Graduate Coordinator the date and time of each examination and the name and email address of any examiner not on the Art History faculty. The student will determine the order of the questions. The Graduate Coordinator will solicit questions from each examiner.

Within several days of the completion of the last written examination, a two-hour oral examination on the same topics will follow with the entire examining committee. During this exam the examining committee will question the student about the exam questions. To schedule the oral examination, please use the same process used for scheduling the Colloquium. The student's performance on these exams will be ranked "Pass" or "Failure." For additional details and procedures, please refer to the Graduate Handbook.

Once the student has completed all program requirements and passed the qualifying exams, the committee supervising the dissertation is formalized in the doctoral candidacy application process.

Learn more about completing the Application for Doctoral Candidacy →

  • After admission to Candidacy for the doctoral degree, the student must stay in continuous enrollment in dissertation hours each spring and fall until the degree is completed.
  • Students doing research abroad while in doctoral candidacy may be eligible for Independent Study and Research status.

Example Topics

Below are examples of past qualifying examinations topics. Please note that these can include both general subjects and topics related to a particular student’s dissertation research:

Medieval Art

  • Northern Renaissance Art
  • French Court Culture and Patronage (possibly an outside the Department question)
  • Fourteenth-Century Manuscript Illumination

Modern/Contemporary European Art

  • European Art, 1890–1945
  • Art of the United States, 1945–1985
  • Art and Philosophy of Language (Examiner: Art History Dept.)
  • Little Magazines and Literary Modernism (Examiner: English Dept.)

Dissertation

The dissertation must make an original contribution to scholarship. It normally requires fieldwork of at least a year’s duration. The Dissertation Committee directs the student during the completion of the dissertation. Defense of the dissertation (Final Oral Examination) before at least four members of the Dissertation Committee is a University requirement; the dissertation supervisor must be physically present for the defense to take place.

Learn more about submitting the request for the Final Oral Examination →

Refer to the handbook for details regarding the processes involved with submitting the final draft, defending, and applying for graduation.

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Funding resources at the MA level, such as scholarships and in-state tuition waivers, are limited and awarded on a case-by-case basis. Each semester, MA students may apply for positions as a Grader for a large introductory/survey or upper-division class. Once assigned to grade for a course, the Grader must attend all lectures and grade all exams and assignments for the course. The number of Grader positions varies each year, and the salary is based on the number of students in the class. A few MA students also may be awarded Teaching Assistant positions, when these are available, again on a case-by-case basis.

The faculty’s goal is to support all admitted PhD students with a combination of Teaching Assistantships, Assistant Instructor positions, Graduate Research Assistant positions and scholarship funds so they can earn their degree with as little outside cost as possible.

A limited number of Graduate Research Assistant positions may be available each semester to both MA and PhD students.

All applicants are considered for financial support; it is not necessary to apply or request separately.

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History of Art, PhD

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The graduate program is designed to give students working toward the PhD degree an encompassing knowledge of the history of art and a deep understanding of the theories and approaches pertaining to art historical research. The program emphasizes collaborative working relationships among students and faculty in seminars. Each PhD student benefits from supervision by a primary advisor in their field of study, while continuing to work closely with other department faculty. Students will routinely avail themselves of faculty expertise in other departments, dependent on their area of study.

The program also fosters a close familiarity with the outstanding art in the Baltimore–Washington area relevant to the student’s area of study. In addition to the rich holdings of the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University (which include collections of rare books at the Garrett Library, Special Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, and the George Peabody Library) graduate students have access to world-renowned collections and research facilities in Washington D.C.

Our recent PhD students have gone on to academic, administrative, and museum positions at institutions around the world including Aarhus University, American University of Paris, Arcadia University, Baylor University, Columbia University, DePaul University, Florida State University, Howard University, King’s College London, Marshall University, National Museum of Denmark, Notre Dame University of Maryland, Oberlin College, Portland State University, University of Chicago, University of Pittsburgh, University of San Francisco, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Wellesley College. 

Admission Requirements

Admission and financial aid.

Applicants to the Ph.D. program in History of Art should upload and submit all required application materials and supporting documents through the online application. For information about applying to the Ph.D. program in History of Art, please see the department's website . Applications must be completed by December 15.

To foster close student-faculty relationships and provide for the greatest flexibility in developing each graduate student's individual curriculum, the department strictly limits the number of students it admits each year.

All graduate students entering the program are guaranteed five years of support, contingent upon satisfactory progress year by year. This support covers the individual’s full tuition costs and health insurance, and includes a stipend annually. Student stipends are guaranteed at the level stated in the letter of offer (for incoming students) and in the renewal letter (for continuing students) for the duration of the applicable period.  

Outstanding graduate applicants from underrepresented communities are regularly nominated for the Kelly Miller Fellowship , named for the first African-American to attend Johns Hopkins, as a graduate student in the Department of Mathematics in 1887. The fellowship provides additional funding to support student research, travel, and study during the student’s graduate career. In addition to the financial award, Kelly Miller Fellows benefit from quarterly programming designed to enhance the graduate experience and ensure professional success.   

All ABD students (those who have completed all requirements but the dissertation, something that usually happens in year three) are strongly encouraged to apply for external grants and fellowships to support their dissertation research and writing. The department also has internal fellowships to support students beyond their fifth year. Funds to support s ummer and conference travel are also available through the department, the Dean’s office, and cross-disciplinary programs. The Dean’s Teaching Fellowship enables advanced students to propose, design, and teach an undergraduate seminar course and provides one semester of support. Further details available via our website .  

PhD Requirements

In discussion with major and minor field advisors, History of Art Ph.D. students develop areas of concentration and courses of study to suit their intellectual interests and commitments. The art history faculty also encourages students to take full advantage of offerings in other departments, and students may, if they choose, develop a minor field in another discipline.

All students entering the Ph.D. program, regardless of the degree they hold, must complete four full semesters of coursework and pass the required language exams before being approved to take their qualifying exams (also known as the Ph.D. exams). In the first year, students normally take three courses at the graduate level per semester; in the second year, when students generally assume Teaching Assistant assignments , the student will normally take two courses at the graduate level per semester. As part of the coursework requirement, students must satisfactorily complete and submit all assigned papers and projects associated with the courses they have taken before being approved to take their qualifying exams.

All qualifying exams, regardless of the fields in which they are taken, are comprised of two written exams (one major field and one minor field), followed by an oral defense before the advisors and other department faculty. Exams should take place during the student’s third year; in some instances (e.g. the need for additional specialized language training beyond the modern language requirement or additional coursework) the exams may be taken later.

After the successful completion of qualifying exams, it is expected that students will be ready to begin work towards the dissertation by formulating a proposal. The dissertation proposal should be approximately 6–8 pages in length (10 pages will be the maximum), with a list of works cited and a very selective sample of figures appended. Simple parenthetical references to the works cited list are preferable to footnotes. Each proposal must contain a relatively straightforward description of the principal object of study and the defining questions the work seeks to answer, as well as a working title that captures the subject and the theme. The body of the proposal often also includes discussion of the current state of research, the intended contribution of the work to the field, and a preview of the research agenda and its challenges.

Students, having ideally secured outside research funding, then proceed to pursue dissertation research and writing. When the dissertation is complete, the student must successfully defend the dissertation before a Graduate Board Orals committee consisting of three internal (departmental) readers and two external readers. Successful defense of the dissertation and electronic submission of the work, complete in all its components, marks the fulfillment of the program’s degree requirements. 

Art History Fields

The department affords students of ancient art the opportunity to work with a faculty that includes experts in Greek, Roman, Mediterranean, and Ancient Near Eastern art and architecture. Students also benefit from close and long-standing relationships with the Departments of Classics and Near Eastern Studies, which provide training in the languages, literatures, and histories of the ancient world. Facilities of special relevance to students of ancient art include the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum , located on campus inside Gilman Hall, and the extraordinary holdings of the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art .

Since its founding in 1947, the department has given special emphasis to the study of medieval art, and that tradition continues with a new generation of faculty bringing expertise in Early Medieval, Gothic, Islamic, Italian, and Mediterranean art and architecture to the program. Students also avail themselves of local expertise through the departments of History , English , and Modern Languages and Literatures , and frequently consult with curators at the Walters Art Museum, several of whom participate as adjunct faculty. The extraordinary collections at the Walters Art Museum and at Dumbarton Oaks are especially valuable for students interested in manuscript illumination and the portable object.

Early Modern and Renaissance 

Another signature strength of the Department of the History of Art is its expertise in the Early Modern period, encompassing the art, architecture, and culture of Italy, the Spanish Empire, the Islamic world, and Northern Europe from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century.  Graduate students in these areas participate in the programs of the Charles Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe , which sponsors collaborative research abroad and brings a steady stream of world-class lecturers to Baltimore. Students also benefit from the excellent collections of Islamic art, Italian and Northern Renaissance art, and the art of the Spanish Empire at the Walters Art Museum, the National Museum of Asian Art, the National Gallery, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

At Hopkins a diverse and challenging curriculum in modern art and criticism is offered by a research faculty of international prominence, supplemented by occasional visiting scholars and museum curators. Students oriented toward the study of criticism and aesthetic theory can also broaden their perspective and develop their critical skills by taking courses offered through the Comparative Thought and Literature , Philosophy , History , English, Modern Languages and Literatures, Political Science , and Anthropology , and with faculty affiliated with the programs in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Africana Studies, Latin American Studies, and Islamic Studies. Distinctive collections at the Baltimore Museum of Art and at multiple institutions in Washington, D.C., (the Hirshhorn Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Museum of Asian Art, the Phillips Collection, and others) provide unparalleled resources for students of modern art at all levels.  

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The doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania provides students with broad training in the history of art and its critical approaches, yet also focused training in their selected fields.  Students completing the Ph.D. are well prepared for teaching positions at the university and college level and for curatorial positions in museums and galleries.  Faculty work closely with Ph.D. students to outline an appropriate course of study and mentor students while preparing them for assistantships, curatorial internships, and other career orientations.

Admission to the program is by application to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, which administers full fellowship packages to all admitted students.  (See the "Admissions" page on this site.)  Both B.A. and M.A. students are eligible to apply.  Students normally pursue coursework over their first three years and, once admitted to Ph.D. candidacy (following their area exams), devote their time thereafter to dissertation research and writing.  Students entering the program with an M.A. may chose to accelerate their coursework at Penn to gain candidacy to the Ph.D. more quickly.

Students generally take three seminars in each semester; some of that coursework includes also pedagogical instruction when the student serves as a Teaching Assistant. To ensure a broad understanding of art's history, the Department asks students to take three seminars focusing on periods prior to 1750 and three after.

Further details regarding the graduate program may be found in the  Graduate Bulletin .

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History of Art PhD

The Department of History of Art offers a two-stage integrated master's and doctoral program (MA/PhD) in preparation for college teaching, writing, and specialized curatorial careers. Students are not admitted to work for a terminal MA degree, though students may apply for the MA after meeting Stage I requirements toward the PhD. Students work closely with faculty in courses, seminars, and on independent research projects to develop independent thought and a thorough knowledge of the field and its critical methods. Cross-disciplinary work in Berkeley's distinguished departments of languages and literature, philosophy, rhetoric, film studies, women's studies, history, and the social sciences is strongly encouraged. A student may opt for a more formal relationship with other departments through Designated Emphases programs, including film studies; folklore; women, gender, and sexuality; and critical theory.

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Application Deadline

December 4, 2023

Degree Type(s)

Doctoral / PhD

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The graduate program is designed to give students working toward the PhD degree an encompassing knowledge of the history of art and a deep understanding of the theories and approaches pertaining to art historical research. The program emphasizes collaborative working relationships among students and faculty in seminars. Each PhD student benefits from supervision by a primary adviser in their field of study, while continuing to work closely with other department faculty. Students will routinely avail themselves of faculty expertise in other departments, dependent on their area of study.

The program also fosters a close familiarity with the outstanding art in the Baltimore–Washington area relevant to the student’s area of study. In addition to the rich holdings of the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University (which include collections of rare books at the Garrett Library, Special Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, and the George Peabody Library) graduate students have access to world-renowned collections and research facilities in Washington D.C.

Our recent PhD students have gone on to academic, administrative, and museum positions at institutions around the world including Aarhus University, American University of Paris, Arcadia University, Baylor University, Columbia University, DePaul University, Florida State University, Howard University, King’s College London, Marshall University, National Museum of Denmark, Notre Dame University of Maryland, Oberlin College, Portland State University, University of Chicago, University of Pittsburgh, University of San Francisco, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Wellesley College. 

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The PhD program in the Division of Art History prepares graduates for university-level teaching, curator positions at major museums, and independent research in the field. Before beginning work for the PhD, students should have completed a master's degree in art history. Requirements for the degree include 60 credits of coursework beyond the master's degree and research capability in at least two foreign languages.

Preparation

Applicants to the PhD program must have a master's degree in art history or a related field combined with course work in art history. Applicants need not have an undergraduate major in art history but should have a solid record of art history course work. In our program we define a “solid record” for our undergraduate majors as 55 quarter credits of art history classes distributed among major fields of study offered in our department. This figure should serve only as a general reference point, however; we do not expect all applicants to have exactly the same background and course distribution as our undergraduate majors. Studio art classes and work experience in art-related fields can enhance your application but, in most cases, will not substitute for a good background in art history course work.

Financial Support

Each year the Division of Art History offers two fully funded five-year PhD packages, which are typically comprised of a combination of fellowship support and teaching assistantships.

Information about other financial support opportunities can be found under Graduate Support .

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PhD Art History Admission

The Department welcomes graduate applications from individuals with a broad range of life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds who would contribute to our community of scholars. Review of applications is holistic and individualized, considering each applicant’s academic record and accomplishments, letters of recommendation, and admissions essays in order to understand how an applicant’s life experiences have shaped their past and potential contributions to their field.

University Application Materials

The application for admission as well as general information about applying is available from the Graduate Admissions website; please visit  Graduate Admissions  to apply. Prior to applying you must first determine if you are eligible -  application eligibility (undergraduate degree requirements) . International applicants, please also see  Bechtel International Center  and Graduate Admissions  International Applicants  for more information and any additional application requirements. Prospective students may apply beginning in late September (please verify the precise date on the  Graduate Admissions  website). The following documents are required by the university and can not be waived; please click on the links for more detailed information about each:

Letters of Recommendation : Three letters of recommendation are required. The department does not accept applicant recommendation via a letter service (i.e. Interfolio or other service). It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that letters are submitted to the electronic application by the published deadline. Please only submit three letters.

Transcripts : Upload a scanned copy of your official transcript(s) with the online application. Applicants must upload transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended as a full-time student and for at least one academic year. Transcripts from current degree programs also need to be submitted.

Statement of Purpose : You must indicate in the first sentence of your SOP the name of the program to which you are applying and the area you wish to study (e.g. PhD in Art History – Modern). The Statement of Purpose should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the proposed program at Stanford, your preparation for this field of study, research interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study. Applicants can include and mention faculty members, with overlapping research interests whom they would like to work with and why, in their statement of purpose. The Statement of Purpose must be: 1,000 words or less; single-spaced; formatted with 1-inch margins and 12-point, Times New Roman font.

Application Fee : The application fee $125, is non-refundable, and must be received by the application deadline (fee waivers are available to eligible students. Please see  Graduate Fee Waivers  for more information). The Department does not offer fee waivers outside of the process at the Graduate Fee Waivers page. Please do not contact the department requesting to waive the application fee.

GRE Scores: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test is no longer required for admission to the Department of Art & Art History.

TOEFL Scores : Required when first language is not English; IELTS is not accepted. Please note that the department can NOT waive the TOEFL requirement. If you wish to submit a request for TOEFL waiver, please see  GRE and TOEFL Requirements . It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the scores are submitted to the electronic application by the published deadline.  (Note: To bypass the entry of TOEFL scores in the application, enter a future test date. You can add in the additional information section of the application that you have received a waiver from Graduate Admissions.)

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* Please note all application materials, once submitted as part of your application, become the property of Stanford University. Materials will not be returned and copies will not be provided for applicants nor released to other institutions. Please keep a copy for your records. Re-applicants must submit new supporting documents and complete the online graduate application.

Writing Sample Requirement

In addition to the University application materials listed above, applicants in Art History are required to submit a writing sample.  You should upload your writing sample along with your online application (only one writing sample will be accepted). It should be 20 pages maximum, including illustrations and bibliography – neither papers over this limit nor entire Master’s theses will be accepted.

Start Your Application

For admission in Autumn Quarter of the next academic year, all required application materials, including your test scores and recommendation letters, must be received on-line by no later than  December 1 at 9:00 pm (PT).

Note: The Graduate Admissions period opens in late September each year for applications to be submitted by the published deadline in December (for matriculation beginning in the following academic year). After April 15th each year, the Graduate Admissions period is closed, and the online application will reopen during the following September.

Selection Process

Application review takes place between mid-February and mid-March; applicants are notified by e-mail of their status around March 15th. Accepted students are admitted for the following Autumn Quarter; no applicants for mid-year entrance will be considered.  You will be contacted via e-mail regarding your application status after the deadline; please do not contact the Department in this regard. Applicants who are chosen as finalists for admissions are asked to make themselves available for an individual interview by faculty via Skype.  Admitted prospective students are invited for a campus visit intended to introduce them to faculty, current graduate students, and to members of the larger Stanford community involved in the arts.  Library, museum and other facilities are part of this introduction to the PhD program in Art History at Stanford.

The Art and Art History Department recognizes that the Supreme Court issued a ruling in June 2023 about the consideration of certain types of demographic information as part of an admission review. All applications submitted during upcoming application cycles will be reviewed in conformance with that decision.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars

Join dozens of  Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences  students who gain valuable leadership skills in a multidisciplinary, multicultural community as  Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS). KHS admits up to 100 select applicants each year from across Stanford’s seven graduate schools, and delivers engaging experiences that prepare them to be visionary, courageous, and collaborative leaders ready to address complex global challenges. As a scholar, you join a distinguished cohort, participate in up to three years of leadership programming, and receive full funding for up to three years of your PhD studies at Stanford. Candidates of any country may apply. KHS applicants must have earned their first undergraduate degree within the last seven years, and must apply to both a Stanford graduate program and to KHS. Stanford PhD students may also apply to KHS during their first year of PhD enrollment. If you aspire to be a leader in your field, we invite you to apply. The KHS application deadline is October 11, 2023. Learn more about  KHS admission .

Department of Art History

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The doctoral program in art history typically involves two years of coursework, the completion of a qualifying paper, preliminary exams in three fields, a dissertation prospectus, and a dissertation. Following their coursework, students also learn to teach by serving as a teaching assistant for faculty-taught undergraduate courses and taking the department’s teaching colloquium. After advancing to ABD status, students research and write their dissertation, usually combining time in Chicago with traveling abroad.

Course Requirements

In general terms, the doctoral program requires two years of full time coursework. Students typically enroll in three courses each quarter during their first two years, and courses are selected with the guidance of the student’s doctoral advisor and in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies in the department.

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All students take the Proseminar and the COSI Objects & Materials seminar in the Autumn and Winter Quarters, respectively, of their first year. Among the other 18 courses required for the doctoral degree are two courses each for distribution requirements and for the student’s minor field. The qualifying paper, completed by the end of Winter Quarter of the second year, is researched and written within the framework of two Qualifying Paper Reading Courses typically supervised by the doctoral advisor and/or another faculty member. Finally, students enroll in a Preliminary Exam Directed Reading Course in the Spring Quarter of their second year.

All students must demonstrate competency in languages determined by their chosen field. Depending on the language and level, up to three language courses may be counted toward the total number of courses required for the degree.

Given the department's strong history of and continuing commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry and intellectual formation, the doctoral program allows for as many as 8 of the total 18 courses required for the PhD to be taken outside the Department of Art History.

In their third year, students are required to take the Teaching Colloquium and Dissertation Proposal Workshop offered yearly by an art history faculty member. These courses do not count toward the 18 courses required for the PhD. Students also prepare for and take their preliminary exams, and typically hold their first teaching assignments in their third year.

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Upon successful completion of all coursework requirements, the qualifying paper, the relevant language requirements, and the preliminary exams, each student prepares a dissertation proposal that must be approved by three committee members. Upon that approval and an administrative review of the student's file, the student formally advances to the status of “PhD Candidate” and “ABD” status.

In subsequent years, students research and write the dissertation while further developing their teaching skills (in keeping with the doctoral program’s teaching requirement). Following the submission and successful defense of the dissertation, the doctoral degree is conferred. The current expectation, in general terms, is that completion of the PhD in Art History requires approximately seven years, but time to degree will vary: some students may graduate in less than seven years, others may find they need an additional year.

While all doctoral students must fulfill the requirements sketched above, the different fields of art historical study that are represented in the Department of Art History each have their own particular scholarly requirements. With the aim of providing graduate students with the most rigorous formation in their chosen area of specialization, the department has made various structural provisions to ensure that students can receive the additional training required by their chosen field (including additional language study, training in specialized research skills, and curatorial formation). As these scholarly requirements vary from field to field, so too—within limits set by the Department of Art History and the Division of the Humanities—the pace of each student’s progress through the doctoral program will necessarily be shaped by the requirements of his/her chosen area of study, in consultation with the art history faculty.

Students should refer to the Graduate Student Handbook   for details on all requirements.

Joint and Dual PhDs

Select students may pursue joint PhD degrees with art history and another department or program. Joint PhD programs at the University of Chicago are of two types, "standing" and "ad hoc."

A standing joint degree program has been established between Art History (ARTH) and the Committee on Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS). It allows students to complement their doctoral studies in Art History with a program of study in TAPS that reflects their particular training and interests, encompassing both academic and artistic work. Students apply to this standing program at the time of their application to the University, which is submitted to the art history department.

Students may petition for an ad-hoc joint PhD with another department or program according to guidelines set by the Humanities Division . Generally, admitted students must separately meet the requirements of both programs, but any overlapping requirement need only be met once if each department would otherwise consider it met were that student not in the joint degree program. Recent art history students have completed joint PhDs with Cinema and Media Studies and with Social Thought.

Under a new initiative , some students may simultaneously pursue PhD studies at the University of Chicago and at a degree-granting institution of higher learning in France, leading to two PhD degrees – one from each of the two institutions. Students approved for this initiative pursue a specific course of study depending on their research and professional interests, must satisfy all the requirements of both doctoral programs, and must write and defend a single dissertation that meets the requirements for each degree.

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Master of Arts Program in Humanities

Masters-level study in Art History is offered through the  Master of Arts Program in Humanities . Sstudents build their own curriculum with graduate-level courses in any humanities department (including in the Department of Art History) and complete a thesis with a University of Chicago faculty advisor. Typically a one-year program, some students pursue the “Two Year Language Option” or TLO to pursue additional foreign language study. 

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The Ph.D. Program in Art History & Visual Culture is committed to preparing you for advanced research in the global visual cultures of the past and present. The Department recognizes that visual literacy plays an increasingly important role in contemporary society. Art, architecture, mass media (television, video, film, internet), and urbanism all work through reference to visual and spatial conventions. We strive to provide you with the necessary tools to understand objects and archives and with the skills to interpret visual and material culture for the benefit of the broader community. We invite applications from highly qualified students interested in careers in research, teaching, and criticism.

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Ph.D. in Art, Art History and Visual Studies

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  • Students: 26
  • Part time study available: No
  • Application Terms: Fall
  • Application Deadline: December 14

Stanley Abe Director of Graduate Studies Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies Duke University Box 90766 Durham, NC 27708-0764

Phone: (919) 684-2224

Email:  [email protected]

Website:  https://aahvs.duke.edu

Program Description

The program, which is designed for a small group of students, emphasizes the study of art, architecture and visual culture within a theoretical and historical frame. The Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies offers an interdisciplinary program of graduate study leading to the Ph.D. (No M.A. is offered. Please find more information on the Digital Art History/Computational Media M.A. tracks).

We invite applications from dedicated students interested in careers in research, criticism, teaching, and museum work. Admission is highly competitive and limited to an average of four new students per year. The Department makes every effort to offer full funding to all admitted candidates. Students are trained for teaching by serving as graders and teaching assistants.

Duke University is now in the forefront of academic institutions supporting interdisciplinary and theoretical initiatives in the humanities. Art History and Visual Studies have a unique contribution to make to these efforts and all members of the faculty are engaged in innovative teaching or research projects involving faculty from other departments and programs. All members of the graduate faculty team-teach courses or have courses cross-listed in other departments (African and African-American Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Classical Studies, Economics, Literature, Germanic Languages and Literature, Religion) or programs (Documentary Studies, Women's Studies, International Comparative Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies). Students have a minor field outside the department.

The department works cooperatively with the art history program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as with the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

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Application Terms:  Fall

Application Deadline:  December 14

Graduate School Application Requirements See the  Application Instructions  page for important details about each Graduate School requirement.

  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts required with application submission; official transcripts required upon admission
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Required (see department guidance below)
  • Résumé: Required
  • GRE Scores: GRE General - Optional
  • English Language Exam: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test required* for applicants whose first language is not English * test waiver may apply for some applicants
  • GPA: Undergraduate GPA calculated on 4.0 scale required

Department-Specific Application Requirements (submitted through online application)

Writing Sample A 10-page writing sample is required with your application.

We strongly encourage you to review additional department-specific application guidance from the program to which you are applying:  Departmental Application Guidance

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Ph.D. Art History Program (VA76)

The Department of Visual Arts offers a PhD in art history, theory, and criticism with specializations in cultural areas in which faculty do research (VA76). Offering a distinct alternative to other PhD programs in art history, our program centers on a unique curriculum that treats the study of art past and present—including fine art, media and new media, design and popular culture as part of a broad inquiry into the practices, objects, and discourses that constitute the art world, even as it encourages examination of the larger frameworks—historical, cultural, social, intellectual, and theoretical—within which the category “art” has been contextualized in the most recent developments in the discipline. This program is also distinctive in that it is housed within a department that has been for many years one of the nation’s leading centers of art practice and graduate education in studio, media, and—most recently—digital media. The offering of the PhD and MFA is based on the department’s foundational premise that the production of art and the critical, theoretical, and historical reflection upon it inherently and necessarily participate in a single discursive community. This close integration of art history and art practice is reflected in the inclusion of a concentration in art practice within the PhD in art history, theory, and criticism.

To Apply:   https://connect.grad.ucsd.edu/apply/

Application Opens:  September 6th, 2023 for the Fall 2024 application cycle

Application Deadline:  December 6th, 2023 for the Fall 2024 application cycle

Interdisciplinary Specializations

Students within the PhD program who are interested in the opportunity to undertake specialized research may apply to participate in an interdisciplinary specialization. Students accepted into a specialization program would be expected to complete coursework in addition to those required for their PhD program. The department offers interdisciplinary specializations with the following campus programs.

  • Anthropogeny:   for students with an interest in human origin
  • Critical Gender Studies:   providing specialized training in gender and sexuality
  • Interdisciplinary Environmental Research : for students interested in environmental solutions

Application Requirements

All applicants must satisfy the following to be considered for admissions to our department:

Completion of a four-year Bachelors degree or equivalent: 

  • 3.0 GPA minimum or 'B' average
  • Submission of unofficial transcripts required 

English Language Proficiency:

  • Demonstrated English language proficiency is required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. Non-native English language speakers may either display proficiency by meeting the minimum speaking scores listed below or can be exempt from the test scores requirement if they received a degree from an institution which provides instruction solely in English. Please refer to the following link for more information regarding the degree from an institution exemption: English Language Proficiency .
  • TOEFL iBT speaking scores of 26-30
  • IELTS speaking scores of 8-9
  • PTE speaking scores of 84-90

Letters of Recommendation:

  • Minimum of 3 recommendations required
  • Letters of recommendation should come from individuals, preferably previous professors, who can best explain why you are prepared and would be successful in rigorous academic studies at the graduate level.

Statement of Purpose:

  • 750-1000 word limit, not to exceed 3 pages
  • Focus your Statement of Purpose on the reasons you are interested in attending this graduate program. You can include the research you hope to pursue within our program and give the Admissions Committee a sense of who you are and what you hope to accomplish. The statement should be well organized, concise, and completely free of grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors.
  • Writing Sample
  • 2000 word Research Statement

Portfolio Requirements

Writing Sample (4000-8000 words):

Examples include: senior honors thesis, MA thesis, or other research or critical paper, preferably in art or media history.

Research Statement (2000 words maximum):

The Research Statement should explain the research that you wish to pursue within our program. There may be some overlap between the Research Statement and Statement of Purpose however these should be viewed as two distinct prompts that will give the Admissions Committee a greater sense of who you are and what you would accomplish at UC San Diego.

File Names for Portfolio Items:

Please name your files, with your Last Name, First Initial underscore and the document type. So if my name was Terry Triton, I would have the following File Names:

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Check out our annual Research Colloquium . PhD students who have recently advanced to candidacy present their research to the local community. Please explore the recent work completed within the department, in addition to the Faculty and Graduate Student personal pages. 

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Ph.D. in Art History (+Dual Ph.D.)

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Advanced study of visual arts spanning periods, cultures, and geographies. The Art History Ph.D. program can deepen your expertise and advance your Art History career.

Program Application Deadline

The deadline for applications for AY 2024–25 is January 15, 2024.

To be assured full consideration, please review all details on program and admission requirements, and ensure that you apply by this deadline.

Earn a Ph.D. in Art History at Penn State

Our Ph.D. students and alumni have earned Fulbright and Getty Fellowships, the Rome prize, tenure-track positions, and curatorial fellowships and jobs. For more than fifty years, our graduates have been writing books, organizing exhibitions, teaching college and pre-collegiate students, and ensuring the preservation and understanding of our cultural heritage. Join us!

The Ph.D. in Art History program will prepare you to broadly influence art and culture through careers as scholars and educators, as museum curators, as public advocates of cultural heritage, and as arts administrators, to name just a few of the professions that recent program alumni have entered. Breadth of knowledge is as essential for museum professionals as it is for academic researchers. For this reason, advanced study of the visual arts and material culture from diverse periods and geographies is required of all graduate students, with Ph.D. candidates attaining deep expertise in at least one field of art historical research. The department’s faculty includes specialists in African, Asian, and European art and the arts of the Americas.

Graduate faculty members and advisors are leading scholars in their fields. Our interdisciplinary program challenges you to think critically and creatively in order to make a meaningful contribution to the field. The Ph.D. in Art History program also offers dual-title Ph.D. options in Asian Studies or Visual Studies.

Nancy Locke

  • Associate Professor of Art History
  • Director of Graduate Studies in Art History

[email protected]

814-865-4877

Is the Ph.D. in Art History right for you?

A Ph.D. makes possible the highest level of career success in art history. Our program has a track record of excellent outcomes in diverse career paths, with particular success in placing students in academic and museum careers.

We help you ask and answer the big questions in your area of study. Our graduate students have opportunities to teach, research, and work on digital humanities projects with our Visual Resource Centre. The Palmer Museum of Art also provides internships to prepare you for curatorial work.

Engage with a dynamic cohort of fellow students and a supportive community of scholars.

Degree Options

Dual-title degree options add a significant interdisciplinary breadth to your Ph.D. scholarship. These two dual-title programs develop context through which you can learn to synthesize knowledge within and across disciplinary boundaries in both scholarship and teaching.

Dual Ph.D. and Asian Studies

The primary objective of the dual-title degree program in Asian Studies is to engage critically and substantively with the teaching, research, and scholarship of Asia, a diverse area with a population of some 4.5 billion. The program integrates knowledge and methodology across disciplines of Asian Studies and Art History.

Graduate students are trained in such a way that you will be equipped to represent, understand, analyze, and appraise the crucial and current scholarly issues in Asian Studies in the context of your art discipline focus.

The program aims to produce doctoral graduates with a competitive advantage for employment that relates to Asia in academia, museum, curatorial, and other professional fields.

Graduate Bulletin Links

  • Asian Studies Bulletin page
  • Graduate Studies information related to the dual-title Ph.D in Art History + Asian Studies .

Dual Ph.D. and Visual Studies

Humanistic study. Technological dynamics. Analyze images, physical and virtual environments, and visual sign systems; histories of visual modes of communication, apprehension, and aesthetic pleasure; and conceptions of the nature of visuality itself. Challenge boundaries. Challenge yourself.

The dual-title Ph.D. in Visual Studies fosters an interdisciplinary approach to humanistic study, which, spurred by technological dynamics that increasingly integrate text and image, engages analysis of specific images, physical and virtual environments, and visual sign systems; histories of visual modes of communication, apprehension, and aesthetic pleasure; and conceptions of the nature of visuality itself. Students in this program analyze and assess visual media that, integrated with texts, are integral to humanistic scholarship and pedagogy today.

Dual-title degree programs increase the intellectual rigor and breadth of graduate work and provide a context in which students learn to synthesize knowledge within and across disciplinary boundaries in both scholarship and teaching. Drawing from knowledge and practices produced across the humanistic disciplines while responding to ongoing challenges to conventional disciplinary boundaries, this degree highlights existing strengths of graduate training in the humanities at Penn State, structures the continuing development of these programs, and credentials our graduates’ training and work with visual forms, environments, and media.

  • Visual Studies Bulletin page
  • Graduate Studies information related to the dual-title Ph.D in Art History + Asian Studies

Professional Development

Our department is regularly invited to select graduate students to participate in major graduate student symposia, including the Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Graduate Symposium on the History of Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Penn State art history graduate students often present papers at scholarly conferences/symposia across the United States and abroad (for which the department provides partial financial support).

Financial Support

  • George Dewey and Mary J. Krumrine Endowment This endowment helps support publication projects of art history faculty and graduate students.
  • Graduate Assistantships There are about nineteen graduate assistantships filled by graduate students in the Department of Art History each year.
  • University Fellowships and Awards Qualified incoming graduate students may also be nominated by the department for University Fellowships, Bunton-Waller Graduate Awards, Graham Fellowships, and other awards. The department also has funds to help support graduate students in their research and travel related to their theses. The department awards dissertation fellowships and travel/research grants totaling over $60,000 to graduate students each academic year.

Summer Opportunities

  • Summer Abroad program in Todi, Italy The Department of Art History is a co-sponsor of Penn State’s Summer Abroad program in Todi, Italy, in which graduate students may choose to participate.
  • Annie Gooding Sykes Internship This internship is a twelve-week internship offered during the summer. Interns work with museum staff on a variety of curatorial projects, with a particular focus on American works on paper. Students who have completed the ARTH 409 “Museum Studies” course are preferred. One internship with a stipend is offered each summer.
  • Silver Trout Curatorial Graduate Internship Program This internship program is a twelve-week internship offered during the summer. Interns work with the museum staff on curatorial projects and initiatives. Graduate students in art history or art education are eligible for the Silver Trout Curatorial Graduate Internship Program. Students who have completed the ARTH 409 “Museum Studies” course are preferred. Two internships with a stipend are offered each summer.

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Ph.D. Students

Students currently enrolled in the Ph.D. in Art History programs.

Arunima Addy Degree: PhD in Architecture Research Focus: South Asian architectural and urban history Dissertation title: Diaspora of Indian Temple Architecture Academic Adviser: Madhuri Desai [email protected]

Arunima Addy is currently a PhD candidate in Art History with dual title in Asian Studies. She has been a practicing architect in India, before joining the graduate program at Penn State. Arunima has her research interests in the relationship between the politics of religion and the construction of national identity, specifically with the rising sentiments of Hindu nationalism in India. She looks at visual representations in the built environment to understand how through architectural establishments religion is being used as a political tool to frame an image of the nation. For her dissertation, she is investigating the relationship between the politics of religion and nation-building particularly with respect to changing dynamics of Indian temple architecture in the neoliberal perspective where religion is becoming a global commodity.

Han Chen Degree: PhD in Art History and Asian Studies Research Focus: Modern and Contemporary Chinese and East Asian Art, history of collecting and exhibiting Dissertation title: TBD Academic Adviser: Chang Tan [email protected] | CV

Han Chen is a PhD student specializing in the history of collecting and exhibiting Chinese and East Asian art in the Euro-American context from the late nineteenth-century to the present day. She received her B.A. in 2016 and M.A. in 2019 from China Academy of Art. In 2021, she received her second M.A. from Penn State where she wrote her thesis entitled, “Selling China: A neglected encounter between Huo Mingzhi and France in the early twentieth century.” She has worked for the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State and the Freer and Sackler Gallery of Art as a curatorial intern. Her current interest lies in employing machine learning to realize the image inpainting of photographs of Chinese antiques.

Melanie Clark

Olivia Crawford Degree: PhD in Art History Research Focus: Nineteenth-century European Art and Architecture, Post-colonial Studies, Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern and North African Studies. Dissertation title: TBD Academic Adviser: Nancy Locke [email protected]

Olivia Crawford received her B.A. in Art History and French and Francophone Studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2016 and her M.A. in Art History from Penn State University in 2018. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Art History at Penn State.

Her current research examines representations of colonial and metropolitan Jewish communities in French Orientalist art and architecture. Her dissertation prospectus is forthcoming.

Crawford lives and works in Knoxville, TN.

Noah Dasinger Degree: PhD in Art History Research Focus: Fifteenth-century Italian sculpture Dissertation title: TBD Academic Adviser: Daniel M. Zolli [email protected] | LinkedIn

Noah Dasinger is a first-year Ph.D. student studying Italian Renaissance art and architectural history with a focus on fifteenth-century sculpture. Noah is an Alabama native, and in 2020, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, with a Bachelor of Arts. He then obtained a Master of Arts degree from the University of Georgia, Athens. Upon graduation, he received high honors for his thesis, “Symbolic Epigraphy and the New Rome: Humanist Capital Letters on the Tomb of Leonardo Bruni.”

Noah also has extensive training in archival research and early modern Italian paleography both in the United States and abroad. He was a curatorial intern at the Georgia Museum of Art and a research intern at the Medici Archive Project. His current research examines the development, display, and materials used for fifteenth-century Italian tomb sculpture. Noah’s research also investigates early modern workshop practices, materials, processes, and their relationship to commemorative sculpture.

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Emily Hagen Degree: PhD in Art History Research Focus: Seventeenth-century Italian architecture Dissertation title: Pietro da Cortona’s Santi Luca e Martina: Rediscovered Relics and the Spectacle of Reform in Seventeenth-Century Rome Academic Adviser: Robin Thomas [email protected] | CV

Emily Hagen is a Ph.D. candidate in art history studying early-modern Italian architecture with an interest in digital humanities. Her research focuses on churches devoted to martyrs’ relics in seventeenth-century Italy and investigates how architecture amplified the fiction of rediscovery in the context of early-modern Catholic reform.

Katherine Koltiska Banerjee

Kyle Marini Degree: PhD in Art History Research Focus: Pre-Contact and Early Modern Latin America, Andean Textiles Dissertation title: TBD Academic Adviser: Amara Solari [email protected] | Instagram | LinkedIn

Kyle is a PhD student in pre-contact and early modern Latin American art history. He specializes in the techniques of production, ritual use, and iconography of Inca textiles. He primarily researches ceremonial objects that have been destroyed to recover a more representative view of Inca visual culture before Spanish occupation of the Andes. This approach is in effort to decolonize modern understandings of the Inca developed from the study of objects that survived arduous extirpation campaigns throughout the Viceroyalty of Peru. By emphasizing objects erased from the archive, he reconstructs a history through the most integral Inca artifacts that ceased to exist precisely because of their visual power. Kyle is also a practicing artist, and he uses remaking as a methodology to envision these lost works and the technical processes used by their creators.

Keri Mongelluzzo Degree: PhD in Art History Research Focus: History of Photography; Modern Art Dissertation title: Bauhaus/Dream House: The Uncharted Surrealism of New Vision Photography Academic Adviser: Nancy Locke [email protected] | CV | LinkedIn | Academia.edu

Keri Mongelluzzo is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in the history of photography and modern art in Europe. Her dissertation, “Bauhaus/Dream House: The Uncharted Surrealism of New Vision Photography,” examines how French Surrealist sensibilities gained traction with transient artists associated with the Bauhaus, an innovative school of design in interwar Germany. Tracking key Bauhaus figures as they moved throughout Europe and across the Atlantic, “Bauhaus/Dream House” exposes their messy motivations for evoking surrealist themes amidst surges of nationalism and the rise of fascism. To date, Keri’s dissertation research has been supported by the Department of Art History and the Max Kade German-American Research Institute.

Keri’s broader research and curatorial interests in the histories and theories of photography span the medium’s history. She has written steadily on prominent photographers of the twentieth century, like Man Ray and Eugène Atget, presenting papers at the inaugural conference of the International Society for the Study of Surrealism at the Bucknell Humanities Center and the 24th Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art at the Barnes Foundation. In addition to curating a number of exhibitions of photography at the Palmer Museum of Art, including Myth Meets Modernism: The Manuel Álvarez Bravo Portfolio (2019) and Framing the City (2018), Keri piloted the museum’s first-ever virtual exhibition, Photography = Abstraction , using Google Slides at the onset of the pandemic and presented her work on this and her collaboration on subsequent virtual exhibitions and tours at the College Art Association Annual Conference in February 2021.

Amy Orner Degree: PhD in Art History Research Focus: Eighteenth-Century British Architecture and Urbanism Dissertation title: TBD Academic Adviser: Robin Thomas [email protected]

Amy is a PhD student specializing in eighteenth-century British architecture and urbanism, with a focus on Empire and its effects on architecture. Her research questions consider the social and political influences on architecture, as well as the influence of Empire on Scottish town planning. She received her B.A. in Museum Studies/Art History from Juniata College in 2017, before working as a School Programs Educator for The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. Amy received her M.A. in Art History from Penn State University in 2022 with her thesis titled, “The Palette, the Patron, and the Hand of the Artist: Artemisia Gentileschi in London.” During her time at Penn State, Amy has worked with the Palmer Museum of Art, the Matson Museum of Anthropology, and as a research fellow in the Center for Virtual/Material Studies.

Alicia Skeath Degree: PhD in Art History Research Focus: Dissertation title: TBD Academic Adviser: Adam Thomas

Kenta Tokushige Degree: PhD in Art History Research Focus: Sixteenth-century Italian Military Architecture Dissertation title: Being a Military Architect: Building Fortifications in Cosimo I de’ Medici’s Realm Academic Adviser: Robin Thomas [email protected]

Kenta Tokushige is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at The Pennsylvania State University. His dissertation entitled, Being a ‘Military Architect’: Building Fortifications in Cosimo I de’ Medici’s Realm, studies the geopolitical role of fortification building under Cosimo I de’ Medici in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in the latter half of the Cinquecento by looking at the design process of a fortification as a collaborative project by people of various social status and the way it was represented in multiple forms of art upon its completion. His research traces the correspondence between the patrons, local governors, and architects regarding the decision-making process and examines the intentions of each individual. Additionally, he is exploring the representation and the circulation of information after the completion of the fortification in relation to the espionage of military information.

His research has been supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Susan W. and Thomas A. Schwartz Endowed Fellowship for Dissertation Research.

He completed his B.Arch. and M.A. in Architecture at Waseda University and Master of Architectural History at University of Virginia.

Holli Turner Degree: PhD in Art History Research Focus: Art of Early Modern Southern Europe and Colonial Latin America, the materials and materiality of art, technical art history, theories and practices of conservation, race, and representation in art, decolonial practices in art history Dissertation title: TBD Academic Adviser: Daniel Zolli [email protected]

Holli M. Turner is a doctoral student specializing in early modern art, with a focus on the art of Italy, Spain, and the Americas. Her dissertation will examine the colonial implications of color – broadly understood – in the Venetian artist Titian’s paintings for the Spanish monarchy. This project knits together several core concerns of her work: the materials and materiality of art; the representation of race and ethnicity in art; and the interpretive importance of invisible labor, and laborers, to art’s history. In Summer 2021, Holli is serving as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellow in Penn State’s Art History department, where she is developing a digital humanities project that tracks Titian’s pigments and their origins.

Holli is a Virginia native that was trained in art history and graphic design before embarking on doctoral study. Her research interests also stem from her own artistry. In her spare time, she paints, illustrates, and creates works through traditional and digital media.

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A Guide to 15 Leading Art History and Curatorial Master’s Programs in the U.S.

If you have your sights set on a curatorial career in the arts, you’ll almost invariably need a master’s degree (at minimum), or be in the process of getting one. For other art-world roles, in galleries, arts administration, or magazines, for instance, an MA is always helpful, but not essential.

If you do decide to apply for an MA, though, how to choose from the various options across the United States? What follows is a guide to some of the leading Art History and Curatorial MA programs across the country. It’s not comprehensive—there are strong programs at the University of Washington and Virginia Commonwealth University, among many others not included here—but it gives an overview of some of the best.

What this article doesn’t include: information on grants, awards, and doctoral programs. It’s no secret that undertaking a graduate degree can lead to considerable student debt. Many of the below schools offer something in the way of funding, so be sure to do your homework before you apply. And depending on your career path, if you do need a Ph.D., we suggest starting your search by looking to the University of Southern California, CUNY’s Graduate Center, Stanford, Berkeley, and the Ivies, though there are many more great programs across the country.

Art History, Savannah College of Art and Design  

Location: savannah, georgia, annual tuition: $36,765.

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Courtesy of SCAD.

SCAD claims to have the largest Art History faculty in American higher education; that’s hard to prove definitively, but we can attest that it is indeed extensive. Professors have come from positions at the Met and the National Gallery of Art , and from schools across the country, and include beloved professor and program coordinator Arthur J. DiFuria, and Petra Richterova, known for her class on Art and Spirituality, and classes on the arts of African countries and cultures. The college has a robust program of symposia and visiting lecturers, and students benefit from access to the highly regarded SCAD Museum of Art , as well as to the diverse ecosystem of artistic and design-based expertise represented at SCAD’s art school. But it’s not only Savannah (with its southern charm and disproportionate population of ghosts) that you’ll have access to; SCAD also has locations in Atlanta, Hong Kong, and the tiny French town of Lacoste, venues that are open to all students, providing there are relevant classes on offer at that time. Alumni from the Art History program have gone on to positions at the Smithsonian, Art Papers , and the Corcoran Gallery, among other art venues, publications, and schools.

Curatorial Studies, Bard College

Location: annandale-on-hudson, new york, annual tuition: $39,748.

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Opening reception of We are the Center for Curatorial Studies , Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. October 15 - December 16, 2016. Photo: Lisa Quinones

On the banks of New York’s Hudson River, about two hours north of Manhattan, Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies is one of the oldest focused curatorial research centers. The graduate program is now led by Lauren Cornell, an established and celebrated curator who for over a decade has been a key voice in digital and new media arts, having helmed the New Museum ’s Rhizome for seven years and curated the 2015 New Museum Triennial along with artist Ryan Trecartin . What distinguishes the program, in addition to the college’s excellent faculty and strong job network, is its 25,000 square-foot, on-campus museum, the Hessel (which Cornell now also programs). There, you’ll find a collection of over 3,000 contemporary works and the possibility of hands-on experience with artworks, artists, and curators working in the field. You’d be hard-pressed to find better on-campus resources for curatorial training and research: Bard also comes with an extensive library and archives, which contain a comprehensive cache of exhibition catalogues and art magazines from around the world.  

Art History, University of Pennsylvania

Location: philadelphia, pennsylvania  , annual tuition: $52,208.

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Grad students at the opening reception for a student-curated exhibition, “Expanding the Audience for Art in the Nineteenth Century,” held at the Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania. Courtesy of  the University of Pennsylvania.

UPenn stands out for initiatives like its Incubation Series, founded in 2015, which enables Art History students to curate the work of UPenn MFAs in several student-produced exhibitions that take place in spaces throughout Philadelphia each year. It’s opportunities such as these that give students vital exposure to the local art scene and experience in applying their growing knowledge and expertise to the pragmatics of organizing exhibitions. The university’s Art History department also has relationships with the city’s cultural institutions—including the Philadelphia Museum of Art , ICA Philadelphia , and the Barnes Foundation. UPenn alums of the MA program have held curatorial positions or organized exhibitions at LACMA, the Dia Art Foundation , and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among other institutions.

History of Art, Williams College

Location: williamstown, massachusetts, annual tuition: $53,240.

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Clark Art Institute © Jeff Goldberg/Esto. Courtesy of the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art.

Located in the lush Berkshires of rural Massachusetts, and housed in the gorgeous, Tadao Ando -renovated Clark Art Institute , Williams’s graduate program in Art History is considered to be something of a pipeline school for curatorial positions at New York institutions like MoMA and the Whitney . (Alumni have also gone on to posts at LACMA , MFA Boston , and Gagosian , among other arts venues.) It’s another program with an astronomical price tag, but included in that cost is a compulsory, three-week international study trip that students embark on, with faculty, during their first year. Past trips have taken students to China and across Europe, and future trips are planned to Australia and Japan, among other destinations. Students also benefit from a close relationship with the Clark—working alongside the institution’s research and curatorial staff—as well as nearby MASS MoCA . Each student is guaranteed a paid, eight hours-per-week internship in one of the program’s partner museums or the Chapin Rare Book Library.

History and Theory of Contemporary Art & Exhibition and Museum Studies, San Francisco Art Institute

Location: san francisco, california, annual tuition: $46,010.

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Diego Rivera mural at San Francisco Art Institute. Photo by Joaquín Martínez via Flickr.

With roots in San Francisco’s radical, countercultural artist community, SFAI is anything but conventional. Reflective of art’s increasing cross-disciplinarity, those inclined toward both artmaking and scholarship can take a dual MFA-MA—that means access to the first-ever fine arts photography department (founded by Ansel Adams in 1945), and to the school’s experimental “New Genres” program, in addition to art history and theory classes. The school offers two focused MA programs for a small selection of individuals—History and Theory of Contemporary Art and Exhibition and Museum Studies—both of which have provided the basis for students to go on to found publications in the Bay Area and beyond, and take up curatorial posts both on the West Coast and elsewhere in the world. (SFAI alum Patricia Maloney founded the online magazine Art Practical and is currently director of the arts space Southern Exposure; another alum is working as former Venice Biennale chief curator Okwui Enwezor’s assistant curator at Haus der Kunst in Munich.) An additional perk: Students get to enjoy the fabulous Diego Rivera mural that adorns the gallery of its beautiful campus, perched in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.

Curatorial Practice, California College of the Arts

Location: san francisco, california  , annual tuition: $39,384.

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Martin Wong: Painting is Forbidden , opening night, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco. Curated by CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice Class of 2015. Photo by Frank Carrino. Courtesy of California College of the Arts.

This two-year intensive curatorial training—the first of its kind on the West Coast—will take you through the history and methodology of exhibitions, as well as contemporary and global art history, theory, and criticism, before you embark on a second year in which you’ll undertake individual projects and organize a group-curated exhibition. Among its alumni are Jessica Silverman , who has developed an international reputation for her San Francisco-based gallery, which shows artists from California and elsewhere in the world; Dina Pugh, who oversees Facebook’s Artist-in-Residence program; and Chris Fitzpatrick, the director of Kunstverein Munich, an influential exhibition space in Munich. You’ll also benefit from a close relationship with CCA’s gallery space, the Wattis Institute , which is widely recognized for its strong, often conceptually driven exhibition program.

History of Art and Archeology, Institute of Fine Arts at New York University  

Location: new york, new york, annual tuition: $44,540.

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Excavation in Abydos, Egypt. Photo by Greg Maka. Courtesy of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.

The prestigious program, housed in heiress and art collector Doris Duke’s former mansion on New York’s museum mile (across from the Met ), is particularly strong for those looking to study the ancient and pre-modern worlds, especially ancient Greece and the Mediterranean. Budding classicists and antiquity aficionados can also apply to join archeological digs in Italy and Turkey during summer breaks. The rigorous institute comes with both professors at the tops of the fields and impressive alumni: Esteemed scholar Linda Nochlin studied there (and taught there), as did former Met director Philippe de Montebello (currently on staff) and the late art critic Robert Goldwater. No less than 35 of its alumni are currently museum directors around the world. There are plenty of opportunities to travel to see art overseas—all students receive travel grants after their first year of study—and you’ll also get free entry to most New York museums. You can also enroll part-time if you work in a related profession. A foreign language (currently only French, German, and Italian are offered) is required.

Art History, City College of New York

Annual tuition: $7,800 (resident); $13,425 (non-resident).

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Shepard Hall at the City College of New York. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

CCNY’s MA Art History programs—of which there are three, respectively concentrating on Art History, Art Museum Education, and Art Museum Studies—are mercifully affordable and flexible, allowing students to complete the degree while working full-time, though some required classes take place during the work day to allow for site visits. The programs avoid being too Western-centric, providing access to faculty members with expertise in Asian, African, and Latin American art, as well as the European tradition. The department’s alumni include the director of New York’s Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art and the esteemed scholar Deborah Willis, among other curators, professors, and art-world professionals.

Art History, University of Texas, Austin  

Location: austin, texas, annual tuition: approx. $9,962 (in-state); $18,466 (out-of-state).

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Art History Professor Eddie Chambers in conversation with a student. Courtesy of The University of Texas at Austin.

UT Austin’s MA allows students to choose between several tracks in order to tailor-make the program to their particular interests, homing in on a specific period. In other words, students interested in focusing on the ancient world need not take classes in modern and contemporary art, and vice versa. The school has a robust roster of faculty members representing the non-Western world, including three professors covering arts of Africa and the African Diaspora. What’s more, remarkable for an Art History MA, the program’s language requirement is not limited to a European language; the language must simply relate to a student’s chosen area of study (and be approved by a thesis or graduate advisor). UT Austin grads have found their way to Tate Modern , Art Institute of Chicago , and the Royal College of Art in London, among other venues and schools.

Art History, University of Iowa

Location: iowa city, iowa, annual tuition: $10,000 (in-state); $27,000 (out-of-state).

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University of Iowa Art Building West, designed by NYC architect Steven Holl. Courtesy of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History.

In the flat plains of eastern Iowa sits Iowa City, a cultural hub with a population of less than 80,000, a city that has consistently been voted one of the best places to live in the United States. Home to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, which is arguably the most celebrated writing program in the U.S., Iowa City is the only UNESCO City of Literature in the the country (and one of 11 in the world.) The University of Iowa’s MA program in Art History, which is closely affiliated with the school’s highly ranked art school, is intended to give students a broad, comprehensive grounding in the global history of art. Its students have gone on to posts at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center, the Smithsonian , and the IFAN Museum of African Arts in Dakar, Senegal, among other institutions. If you don’t have a second language, prepare to bone up on either French or German to pass a test at the end of your third semester.

Art History, Stony Brook University

Location: stony brook, new york, annual tuition: $10,870 (in-state); $22,210 (out-of-state).

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Chrissie Iles, curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, lecturing in the seminar room, 2017. Courtesy of Stony Brook University.

Last year, Long Island’s Stony Brook University hired the internationally renowned scholar and curator Katy Siegel as its Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair in Modern Art, strengthening its position as a center for the study of post-war and contemporary art. In addition to curating the U.S. pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale (along with Christopher Bedford), Siegel has curated exhibitions and written several key books on Abstract Expressionism and post-war American art. Stony Brook also has a close relationship with the Pollock - Krasner House and Study Center—the artist couple’s Eastern Long Island home, which was deeded to the Stony Brook Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of the university, in 1987— where the pair created some of their key works. The program also comes with the legacy of esteemed and pioneering critic and early feminist Lawrence Alloway, who led the program for 13 years.

Art History & Art History and Museum Studies, Tufts University

Location: medford, massachusetts, annual tuition: $49,892 for first year; tuition exempt in second year.

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While the tuition fee for Tufts may seem steep, that’s essentially a lump sum for two years—classes in your second year are free . Prospective students must have reading knowledge of a foreign language before entering, and though the school generally recommends the traditional, European art-historical languages, an Asian language test can also be arranged. Be prepared to take a comprehensive exam—for which you’ll have to memorize key artworks from the span of art history—at the beginning of your second year. The program is closely tied to the Tufts University Art Gallery, and each year one MA student is selected to work as a paid graduate curatorial assistant in the gallery. Others can learn to give guided tours through the gallery. Tufts is highly selective, and the intake is small, which means students will be given plenty of attention and individual guidance across the two-year program. Alums have gone on to curatorial positions at the Harvard Art Museums, the Peabody Historical Society, the Menil Collection , and the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, among other institutions.

Art History & Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies, Columbia University  

Annual tuition: $54,360.

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Installation view of  Invisible Cities: The Still Life as Political Object , showing  Latzhose1 , "Rlaxed" and Latzhose 3 , "Kicking Leg"  by Annette Kelm, and an untitled work by Leslie Hewitt from her "Still Life" series. Exhibition organized by MODA student Taylor Fisch for MODA Curates. Courtesy the Wallach Art Gallery.

Columbia’s MAs in Art History and Modern Art: Critical & Curatorial Studies come with a particularly hefty fee, but that’s not to say you won’t get what you pay for. For those looking to fold a stint in Europe into the graduate experience, the school offers a dual MA with the prestigious Sorbonne, in Paris, allowing the opportunity to spend a semester in the French capital. And where some other schools have been slow to cast an eye East and South, and expand the canon beyond the West, Columbia has offered classes about the art histories of a diverse range of territories across the globe for several decades. This wide-angled view on human history and culture is in many ways the legacy of its most famous professor emeritus, Meyer Schapiro, the hugely influential art historian and critic who is often remembered for his interdisciplinarity. What’s more, you’ll have access to top professors like MacArthur “Genius” grant winner Kellie Jones , who has played a pivotal role in writing (and curating) the history of African-American art into the canon. MA students must demonstrate proficiency in a second language that relates to their studies.

Modern and Contemporary Art History, School of the Art Institute of Chicago  

Location: chicago, illinois, annual tuition: $29,250.

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David Getsy at the Art Institute of Chicago. Courtesy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

If you’re looking for a hands-on experience working closely with artists, SAIC’s Art History program may be for you. Located across the street from Chicago’s world-class Art Institute , the program offers MA students the chance to curate the MFA students’ graduating exhibitions alongside guest curators. For the 2017 class, that meant working alongside major curators like Valerie Cassel Oliver in order to create a floor plan and arrange and install the works. You’ll also benefit from exposure to Chicago’s grassroots art ecosystem and a diverse array of arts venues, many of which have a close relationship with the school. Prominent graduates of the program have gone on to take up curatorial posts and directorships at venues across the country, including the Haggerty Museum, Museum of Arts and Design , and SITE Santa Fe.

Art History, Hunter College, City University of New York  

Annual tuition: approx. $8,570 (in-state); approx. $17,150 (out-of-state).

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Hunter MA Art History students Annie Wischmeyer and Jenn Bratovich installing "Buren, Mosset, Parmentier, Toroni" at Hunter's 205 Hudson Gallery. Courtesy of Hunter College, CUNY.  

One of the most affordable and respected Art History programs, Hunter College’s MA caters to part-time as well as full-time students by accommodating several evening classes each semester—allowing students to work full-time jobs. Plus, if you’re a resident of New York, the cost of tuition is cut in half. Simply put, Hunter can’t be beaten for its combination of flexibility, low cost, and rigor. You’ll have access to distinguished faculty members like Emily Braun, who recently curated the Guggenheim Museum ’s Alberto Burri retrospective, and Thierry de Duve, who curated the Belgian pavilion at the 2003 Venice Biennale—as well as to Hunter’s four galleries, where MA students are often involved in curatorial projects.

It’s a relatively traditional program, requiring students to pass a comprehensive exam (that means learning the details and significance of 300+ works of art from around the world, still weighted towards major Western works of art from antiquity through the contemporary period) and passing a reading exam in a second language (German, Italian, Spanish, or French). The program recently introduced an advanced curatorial certificate that you can elect to take on top of your Art History MA, and numerous students have gone on to curatorial jobs in major institutions like MoMA and the Brooklyn Museum —or indeed have completed their MAs while in curatorial jobs—as well as other roles in arts organizations. MA students will also find themselves in class with students from the school’s celebrated MFA program , crucially bringing artists’ perspectives into the classroom.

Cover image: Aerial view of CSS Bard/ Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Photo by Lisa Quinones. Courtesy of Bard Center for Curatorial Studies.

A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the annual tuition at University of Texas, Austin, was $24,282 in-state and $35,010 out-of-state. It has been updated to reflect the correct tuition costs.

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Doctor of Education Leadership

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America needs transformative leaders in preK–12 education whose passion for education quality and equity is matched by a knowledge of learning and development, the organizational management skills to translate visionary ideas into practical success, and a firm grasp of the role of context and politics in shaping leadership. Graduates of the three-year, multidisciplinary Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education will be prepared to become those leaders.

The Ed.L.D Program — taught by faculty from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard Business School, and the Harvard Kennedy School — will train you for system-level leadership positions in school systems, state and federal departments of education, and national nonprofit organizations. Ed.L.D. is a full-time, three-year program built on a cohort learning model. Cohorts consist of up to 25 students from diverse professional backgrounds (including district/charter management leaders, nonprofit directors, principals, teachers, and policy researchers) who progress through the program together.

All Ed.L.D. students receive a full tuition funding package plus stipends, work opportunities, and a paid third-year residency at a partner organization.

The Ed.L.D. Program prepares graduates to do work for the public good in the American public education sector, whether that be at the system or state level. Specifically, the program is designed to accelerate the progress graduates make toward achieving meaningful impact in influential roles and/or crossing boundaries in the following spaces in the public education sector:

  • PreK–12 district or CMO leadership roles : superintendent of schools, chief academic officer, and/or deputy superintendent
  • Foundation/philanthropy roles:  director, president and CEO, senior fellow
  • Education nonprofit roles : president or executive director of backbone or collective impact organizations which support preK–12 schools. Ed.L.D. graduates will lead education nonprofits that explicitly focus on improving outcomes and opportunities for children, families, and communities.
  • State or federal education leadership roles : commissioner or deputy commissioner roles. Could also include public education advocacy or education policy advisers to senior government officials.
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation roles:  Founder, CEO, president

Curriculum Information

The Ed.L.D. curriculum is a balance of multidisciplinary coursework and practice-based learning. Core courses and electives are taught by recognized leaders from across Harvard’s graduate programs in fields like data-based education reform, organizational change and innovation, and effective leadership strategies for urban schools. You will develop and test your leadership skills through team projects and an immersive third-year residency.

All students in the cohort take the same classes in four foundational content areas: learning and teaching, leadership and organizational change, politics and policy, adult development, and leadership inside and out (including one-on-one executive coaching). Courses taken during the first-year focus on practice-based learning and serve as the framework of your first-year experience.

Sample HGSE Courses

  • Leading Change
  • How People Learn
  • Ed.L.D. Proseminar
  • Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Learning
  • Race, Equity, and Leadership
  • Practicing Leadership Inside and Out
  • Sector Change
  • The Workplace Lab for System-Level Leaders

View  all courses  in the Academic Catalog.

Each cohort member works with program advisers to choose an individualized sequence of electives from any of the Harvard graduate schools. You will work closely with the program faculty and staff during your second year to determine the best match with a partner organization for your third-year residency. Matches are driven by mutual interest between the resident and the partner organization, and each student's career and learning goals and geographic preferences.

  • Second Year Practicing Leadership Inside and Out
  • Driving Change 
  • Education Sector Nonprofits
  • Negotiation Workshop
  • Coaching with Equity in Mind
  • Ethnic Studies and Education
  • Deeper Learning for All:  Designing a 21st Century School System
  • Institutional Change in School Organizations, Systems, and Sectors

You will take part in a 10-month paid residency at one of our partner organizations. There, you will work on a strategic project which synthesizes your experience and learning into a written Capstone project. You will stay connected to your Ed.L.D. cohort and HGSE through technology and by returning to Harvard periodically for intensive workshops.

Paid Residency 

Our partner organizations include school systems and departments of education, as well as some of the nation's most influential and dynamic nonprofit, mission-based for-profit, and philanthropic organizations.

You will be intentionally pushed out of your comfort zones and asked to work systemically and make a significant contribution to the partner organization. In addition, the residency will provide you with the professional mentoring, practical experiences, and network of connections they need to position themselves as future leaders in the education sector. 

Strategic Project 

You will define (with supervisors from your partner organization) a strategic project on which to focus. You will have the opportunity to lead one or two major efforts on behalf of the organization, such as the creation or implementation of current initiatives. The project allows you to practice and improve leadership skills, add important value to the mission and strategy of the partner organization, work systemically, and hold high-level accountability.

During the residency period, you will produce a written Capstone. The Capstone is a descriptive, analytic, and reflective account of your third-year leadership contributions to a strategic project within an Ed.L.D. partner organization. It is a demonstration of your ability to engage others, develop strategy to successfully address and diagnose challenges, work toward a vision and goals, and learn from the results.

Sample Topics

  • Accountability, Coherence, and Improvement: Leadership Reflection and Growth in the Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Leadership Development for Entrepreneurial Education Leaders Working to Build Public & Private Sector Support
  • Disrupting Teacher Preparation: Lessons in Collaboration and Innovation Across the Learning to Teach Community of Practice
  • Pursuing Educational Equality for English Language Learners

Sample Summaries 

  • Breaking Down Silos in a School District: Findings from an Ed.L.D. Project in Montgomery County
  • Expanding Students' Access to Meaningful STEM Learning Opportunities Through Strategic Community Partnerships
  • Developing a New Teacher Leadership and Compensation System in Iowa: A Consensus-Based Process
  • Finding Great Teachers for Blended-Learning Schools

GSE Theses and Dissertations from Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH)

Program Faculty

Ed.L.D. students learn with renowned faculty from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Kennedy School. Faculty from the three schools share their individual expertise in the Ed.L.D. Program and work collaboratively to provide a challenging and coherent experience for students. Faculty who teach in the Ed.L.D. core curriculum and advise Ed.L.D. students include:

Faculty Director

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Academy of Art University offers over 129 art degree programs including Certificates, Associate degrees, Bachelor’s degrees, and Master’s degrees. Designed to equip aspiring artists and designers with a comprehensive toolbox of knowledge and marketable skills that you will use in your future career. In addition, we offer non-degree art programs, like the FREE Pre-College Art & Design Experience (PCADE) for high school students, and continuing education courses for adults. Our programs are available on our campus in San Francisco and online at the Academy of Art University .

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Finding a fashion school that’s right for you can feel like a daunting task. After all, the amount of available options are wide, varied, and vast—much like the fashion industry itself. The good news: Lots of options means you can be highly selective in choosing a program that’s tailored to your dream career. Have aspirations of seeing your own collection on the runway ? There’s definitely a fashion design program for you. Love texture, color, and prints? A fabric design or textile-focused curriculum is the way to go. Savvy with numbers and building strategies? Buying, merchandising, and marketing tracks are out there, too.

Regardless of your ultimate goals, it’s important to take a holistic approach to selecting a fashion school that works for you. Look for a program that balances exploration, expertise, creativity, and discipline. This is college after all—it’s meant to be a time of discovery! The most important thing is that your experience aligns with your unique set of ambitions, interests, and values.

To make the search a little easier, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the top fashion schools in the country, all of which receive top marks across key categories: specialized programs, diverse curriculums, study-abroad courses, extracurriculars, and internship opportunities. Of course, we also looked at each school’s facilities, location, alumni networks, and faculty. Take a peek below, and try not to stress: your place in the fashionable future your dreams is in reach.

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)

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When it comes to the elements that make up a strong fashion program, FIT scores high marks across the board. With over 48 undergraduate degree programs, students are sure to partake in a track that sets them up for success—no matter which career path they are hoping to pursue. Plus, being in the heart of New York City with easy access to internship and networking opportunities (and a place on the NYFW calendar) doesn’t hurt either. Many of the faculty are industry veterans or still working at high-level roles within the fashion industry—guaranteeing that students receive tangible experiences and an of-the-moment curriculum.

Undergraduate Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Business Management, Advertising and Marketing Communications, Textile Development and Marketing, Technical Design, etc. Number of Students: 8,100 Students Prominent Alumni: Calvin Klein , Michael Kors , Nina Garcia, Carolina Herrera , Norma Kamali

Parsons School of Design, The New School New York, NY

It would be an understatement to say that Parsons is the quintessential American school for fashion design—after all, it ignited the careers of hallmark designers like Tom Ford , Marc Jacobs , and Anna Sui . The school has also partnered with industry mainstays like Kering, Tory Burch, and Swarovski in addition organizations such as the United Nations and Special Olympics to construct diverse and meaningful plans of study. To that end, their fashion design curriculum takes a holistic approach to design, tapping into the art of concept theory and employing concrete application of cutting-edge technology which culminates in an always well-attended final fashion show in the middle of the country’s fashion capital of NYC.

Undergraduate Programs: Fashion Design (but the school also offers programs in architecture, interior design, communication design, photography, and more.) Number of Students: 10,250 Students Prominent Alumni: Marc Jacobs, Jenna Lyons , Tom Ford, Donna Karan, Anna Sui, Emily Adams Bode

The School of Fashion at Kent State University Kent, OH

Given its location, it might come as a surprise that Kent State University would rank as highly as it does—yet, their programs rival fashion schools in the country’s larger fashion cities thanks to their global approach to education and thoroughness in curating a program that’s outstanding both within and outside of the classroom. For students who are looking for a more classic approach to university, The School of Fashion at Kent State University is a strong choice. The main campus facilities offer state-of-the-art technology and access to minors and clubs within other colleges, too, offering opportunities to sharpen business skills or participate in Kent State’s award-winning fashion magazine. In addition, The Fashion School has a satellite campus in New York City and international programs in Florence , Paris, Hong Kong, and London. “We support them to achieve their goals so that the question is not whether they are able to attend any of these locations, rather it is about which one best fits their aspirations and growth as future fashion industry leaders,” says Dr. Mourad Krifa , Director of the School of Fashion. Case in point: The ability to tailor your education experience with support from a high-caliber faculty and alumni network is unparalleled.

Undergraduate Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising Number of Students: 32,000 Students Prominent Alumni: Stephen Baum, Jade Frampton, Scott French

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Savannah, GA

SCAD is another strong option for students seeking a school outside of a traditional fashion hub. Their programs encompass a variety of tracks, but the design program reigns as a marquee program. In fact, their annual student-run fashion show is one of the largest and most notable in the country. Dirk Standen (previously of Style.com) took the reigns of SCAD’s School of Fashion in 2022 and since then, major industry players like Anna Sui, LaQuan Smith, and Ludovic de Saint Sernin have partaken in collection critiques to help the seniors fine-tune their collections ahead of the show.

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Undergraduate Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing and Management, Accessory Design, Fibers Number of Students: 16,500 Students Prominent Alumni: Beckham Lin

Pratt Institute New York, NY

As a whole, Pratt Institute has a prestigious reputation for excellence in the arts, so it only makes sense that they’d have a top-ranking fashion design program, too. The School of Design emphasizes the art of cultural storytelling through the lens of fashion—basically, this program is a solid option for those who have avant garde aspirations or are looking to enter the luxury market. With immediate access to NYC, students have secured internships at Thom Browne, Zero Maria Cornejo, and The Row , to name a few.

Undergraduate Programs: Fashion Design Number of Students: 3,700 Students Prominent Alumni: Jeremy Scott, Paul Rand, Mylo Butler

Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY

Marist College’s fashion programs have been on the rise in recent years and for good reason––the campus sits at a sweet spot offering ease of access to New York City while being far enough out of the mix so that students can stay focused. Opportunities available on-campus include a slew of hands-on extracurriculars ranging from MPorium (a student-run boutique), a fashion magazine, and the annual fashion show Silver Needle Runway.

Undergraduate Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising Number of Students: 5,500 Students

Drexel University Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University offers two tracks for their fashion students: studio-based Fashion Design and an all-encompassing Fashion Design & Merchandising major that delves into curriculum from textile production to business insights. Either way, both tracks require a six-month co-op program where students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working alongside top industry professionals in New York, Los Angeles, or other fashion capitals. Their study-away programs are another major draw for prospective students––options include Florence, London, and Seoul.

Undergraduate Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Design & Merchandising Number of Students: 14,000 Students Prominent Alumni: Nancy Volpe-Beringer

Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA

For students who want to forgo a more traditional university experience, Academy of Art University is a compelling option. The school offers an array of tracks including Fashion Marketing, Design, Merchandising, Product Development, and more; the ability to fine-tune niche skills required for each of those career paths is unique amongst many other programs who take a more generalist approach. The design students are frequent contenders at national design competitions like Supima , and the school itself has even shown at New York Fashion Week .

Undergraduate Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Marketing, Product Development, Fashion Styling, Textile Design, Knitwear Design, Costume Design, Fashion Journalism Number of Students: 5,300 Students Prominent Alumni: Anna Zhou

Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles, CA

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is one of the oldest arts schools in Los Angeles and one of the few fashion schools located on the west coast. Thus, the array of benefits are unique: “The fashion design program stands out with its industry-centric curriculum, engaging students in exciting and elevated projects from activewear and digital runway to costume and eveningwear,” explains Department Chair Jill Zeleznik . The program prides itself on its emphasis on sustainability in its design curriculum––it’s even offered as a dedicated minor––and with its proximity to Hollywood, the school is a strong choice for students who may be interested in costume design and the red carpet.

Undergraduate Programs: Fashion Design Number of Students: 1,300 Students Prominent Alumni: Rick Owens, Dorothy Jeakins, Cynthia Vincent

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Providence, RI

It’s no secret that RISD is one of the country’s best known design schools; this is a strong option for those looking to delve into real deal fashion design instead of more business-focused facets of the industry as potential pathways. In fact, their students are famous for placing highly at coveted design competitions like the Supima Design Competition and getting a ton of eyes on their work . Alumni of the school include industry mainstays such as Nicole Miller and rising industry darlings Zoe Latta and Mike Eckhaus of Eckhaus Latta .

Undergraduate Programs: Apparel Design, Textiles Number of Students: 2,000 Students Prominent Alumni: Nicole Miller, Zoe Latta, Mike Eckhaus, Mel Ottenberg

Iowa State University Ames, IA

This program is best for students who are seeking a program that scratches the surface of multiple facets of the fashion industry––it’s a more generalized degree that is finetuned with specialized tracks and opportunities to further your education with minors from various colleges within this large university. While its Iowa location means it isn’t near a fashion hub, students do have access to high-tech facilities on campus, as well as a set of experienced faculty. There’s also a study abroad programs in both Florence and London.

Undergraduate Programs: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design Number of Students: 25,300 Students

Oregon State University Corvallis, OR

For students who are interested in activewear or sustainability, seeking an education in the Pacific Northwest may be a suitable choice––Oregon State University alumni find themselves working with nearby, big-name companies like Nike, Adidas, and Columbia Sportswear. The program offers tracks in both design and merchandising and the chance to explore fashion through the lens of sports business and sustainability, too.

Undergraduate Programs: Fashion Design, Merchandising Management Number of Students: 32,000 Students

University of Missouri Columbia, MO

Sans a design track, University of Missouri’s Textile and Apparel Management program prepares students for potential careers in merchandising, product development, sourcing, marketing, and more. Plus, the university is known for one of the country’s most prestigious journalism programs, making this a strong option for students who’d like to pursue a path in fashion media by pairing TAM with a Journalism or Strategic Communications minor.

Undergraduate Programs: Textile and Apparel Management Number of Students: 23,700 Students Prominent Alumni: Carolyne Roehm

Columbia College Chicago Chicago, IL

Columbia College Chicago is another arts school that is on the rise—their focus on portfolio building and hands-on experience ensures that students exit the program with tangible results. Students find themselves with the opportunity to collaborate with other arts students (such as those in filmmaking or photography), attend seminars with industry professionals, and partake in study-away programs.

Undergraduate Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Studies Number of Students: 6,400 Students Prominent Alumni: Susan Alexandra, Shea Couleé, Delvin McCray

LIM College New York, NY

LIM College prides itself on a “learning by doing” philosophy. That said, their Business of Fashion and Lifestyle program isn’t for those looking to take a traditional approach to fashion studies or a tried-and-true college experience. For fashion merchandising and marketing students who are eager to put focus on interning in New York City , this is a great option.

Undergraduate Programs: Fashion Marketing, Fashion Media, Fashion Merchandising, The Business of Fashion, Visual Studies Number of Students: 1,100 Students Prominent Alumni: Zerina Akers, Daniella Vitale

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