Concordia University - School of Graduate Studies

Art History (MA)

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Program Information

School:Concordia University - School of Graduate Studies
Faculty:Faculty of Fine Arts
Field of Study:Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Description:Established in the early 1970s, the Master of Arts program in Art History focuses on the history and theory of North American art. The MA program was the first in Canada devoted to Canadian art, and it remains the centerpiece of our transcultural, interdisciplinary department. Faculty research expertise includes Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) art, material, and visual culture; architecture and studies of the built environment; craft and material culture; painting, photography, and sculpturem art theory and historiography; visual and material culture; museum studies; and other media from the 17th to the 21st century.

The Department of Art History emphasises the cross-fertilisation of theory and scholarly practice and, in keeping with this approach, many of the MA seminars critically address the discipline of art history by means of recent developments in such fields as feminism and gender studies, postcolonial theory, communication theory, and socio-political analysis. Students are thus exposed to a selection of strategies for research and analysis, and are encouraged to formulate approaches to art history based upon a mature awareness of the various possibilities open to them.
URL:Art History (MA) at Concordia University - School of Graduate Studies
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $24,985
Careers:Library, Archive, Museum and Art Gallery Managers

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*78
Prerequisites:*These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Applicants must have a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Art History or approved equivalent with at least a B+ average in the major area.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]
    Application Notes : Completed online Graduate Admission Application. Official transcripts (or student records) of all previous and current university studies. Official transcripts are not required from Concordia University alumni. Three (3) letters of reference (Academic Assessment Forms and supporting letters). Ideally, these letters should come from Full-Time Faculty. Letters are to be forwarded directly to the Graduate Admissions Application Centre. Referees may opt to return the completed forms to the applicant in a sealed envelope, in which case the applicant must forward them to the Application Centre. Statement of Purpose (500 words). The statement should discuss why the applicant has chosen to do graduate work in Art History at Concordia University. This is not a detailed research proposal but should indicate the applicant's particular research interests and professional goals. Sample of Writing (8-10 pages), which usually takes the form of an art history undergraduate essay. Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae. Proof of Citizenship (photocopy of passport, birth certificate, or citizenship card). Applicants whose prior degrees are not from an English or French speaking university may be required to submit English language test scores (TOEFL). Results must be sent directly to Concordia from the testing centre. For details, see language requirements.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    In additiona to the university required documents, applicants must also submit a statement of purpose (500 words) discussing why the applicant has chosen to do graduate work in Art History at Concordia University as well as a sample of writing (8 to 10 pages) which usually takes the form of an art history undergraduate essay.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on November 24, 2021

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