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How long will it take?

36 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: February 1
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Art History, M.A.

The graduate Art History program in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design emphasizes the study of visual art in relation to the historical and cultural contexts in which it was created. Students receive training in various time periods and geographical areas of art history, while also gaining depth of knowledge in a particular specialization. The M.A. is a two-year degree program with thesis and non-thesis tracks. Coursework takes the form of mixed-level lecture classes, graduate-only seminars, including Methodology and Historiography of Art, and electives in subjects outside art history. The program is open to students with undergraduate degrees in art history as well as those with degrees in other fields who have completed upper-level coursework in art history. It provides a foundation for individuals who wish to pursue careers in museums and galleries, as well as undertake doctoral studies.

The graduate Art History program features established faculty with active publishing and research profiles. Students normally focus on one of the following areas: Early Modern (Renaissance) Art, Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century European Art, Modern and Contemporary American and European Art, or Contemporary African Art, and work closely with a faculty mentor when developing a thesis. Interested individuals are encouraged to make contact with the appropriate faculty member prior to applying. Highlights of the program include its urban setting, interface with local arts organizations and museums, the Art History Graduate Forum, an annual student-run visual culture symposium, assistantships and funding to present at conferences and symposia elsewhere. Many of the program’s diverse course offerings emphasize one or more of the following themes: gender, race, identity, the body and cities.

Art History, M.A.

The graduate Art History program in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design emphasizes the study of visual art in relation to the historical and cultural contexts in which it was created. Students receive training in various time periods and geographical areas of art history, while also gaining depth of knowledge in a particular specialization. The M.A. is a two-year degree program with thesis and non-thesis tracks. Coursework takes the form of mixed-level lecture classes, graduate-only seminars, including Methodology and Historiography of Art, and electives in subjects outside art history. The program is open to students with undergraduate degrees in art history as well as those with degrees in other fields who have completed upper-level coursework in art history. It provides a foundation for individuals who wish to pursue careers in museums and galleries, as well as undertake doctoral studies.

The graduate Art History program features established faculty with active publishing and research profiles. Students normally focus on one of the following areas: Early Modern (Renaissance) Art, Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century European Art, Modern and Contemporary American and European Art, or Contemporary African Art, and work closely with a faculty mentor when developing a thesis. Interested individuals are encouraged to make contact with the appropriate faculty member prior to applying. Highlights of the program include its urban setting, interface with local arts organizations and museums, the Art History Graduate Forum, an annual student-run visual culture symposium, assistantships and funding to present at conferences and symposia elsewhere. Many of the program’s diverse course offerings emphasize one or more of the following themes: gender, race, identity, the body and cities.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

36 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: February 1
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Program Highlights

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, of the College of the Arts at Georgia State University, features an internationally active faculty and a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for professional careers in art and design. The programs foster critical thinking and dynamic artistic production within an interdisciplinary environment. The school offers an M.A. in Art History, M.A. in Art Education, M.A.T. and M.A.Ed. in Art Education, and an M.F.A. in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Textiles.

MEET THE ART HISTORY FACULTY

• M.F.A. degree that is NASAD accredited.
• M.F.A. students receive full tuition waivers and monthly stipends as part of assistantships and numerous M.A./M.A.Ed. research assistantships are granted with equal benefits.
• Students are eligible for competitive fellowships, including the premium Welch fellowships. The fellowships fund students for the entire three years of study, in addition to the students' regular stipend and full tuition waiver.

Careers

The graduate programs at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design prepare students for competitive careers in the world of contemporary art, art education, design and art entrepreneurship.

Highlights include one-on-one mentorship with an internationally acclaimed faculty, access to art institutions and creative publications, network with high-profile artists, scholars and businesses, real-world experience from conference to international art fair participation, artist residencies, as well as assistantships to develop practical skills and garner teaching experience.

The graduate program leads students to career paths such as graphic, interior and Web designers, multimedia artists, curators, gallery directors, museum and non-profit arts managers, art administrators, K-12 art teachers, art educators, art historians and writers, creative directors at advertising and marketing firms, props and set design fabricators, and art appraisers, among others.

Program Details

Applicants for the M.A. degree must submit the following items:

  1. Three letters of recommendation. No form is required.
  2. A one-to-two-page statement of purpose describing academic interests, proposed area of specialization and long-range career goals. The statement should also explain how the Art History graduate program will serve those interests and goals.
  3. A writing sample such as a term paper from an upper-level art history course.
  4. General Record Examination (GRE) scores.

The statement and writing sample should be uploaded with the other application materials or sent to the Office of Graduate Programs.

Specific admission requirements for the M.A. degree in Art History include the following:

  1. A high standard of overall undergraduate achievement.
  2. Undergraduate coursework in art history. Applicants normally should have a minimum of five upper-level courses or the equivalent.

Applicants to the Art History graduate program are also encouraged to meet personally with a member of the Art History faculty.

Note: Deadlines are not postmark deadlines but deadlines for completion of applications.

Goals and outcomes upon completion of an M.A. Art History program include:

  • Emphasizing the study of visual art in relation to the historical and cultural contexts in which it was created.
  • Training in different time periods and geographical areas of art history, while also gaining depth of knowledge in a particular specialization.
  • Providing a foundation for individuals who wish to pursue careers in museums and galleries, as well as undertake doctoral studies.
  • Establishing a network with local arts organizations and museums.
  • Presenting research at art history conferences and symposia including the Art History Graduate Forum.
Thesis Track (33 hours):
  1. 18 hours of coursework consisting of 6 art history lecture courses or seminars with a minimum of three seminars (AH 6000 or AH 8000 level).
  2. Three hours of AH 8010 Methodology and Historiography of Art.
  3. Six hours of electives in related areas
  4. Thesis proposal approved by the thesis committee.
  5. Six hours of AH 8999 Thesis Research.
  6. Thesis approved by the thesis committee.

(In regard to 4, 5, and 6, students should consult the latest art history thesis guidelines.)

Students should take at least one course in three of four general areas of study. These areas are:

  • Ancient and Medieval Art
  • Early Modern Art
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Global South
Non-Thesis Track (36 hours):
  1. 27 hours of coursework consisting of nine art history lecture courses or seminars with a minimum of four seminars (AH 6000 or AH 8000 level).
  2. Three hours of AH 8010 Methodology and Historiography of Art.
  3. Six hours of electives in related areas.

Students should take at least one course in three of four general areas of study. These areas are:

  • Ancient and Medieval Art
  • Early Modern Art
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Global South

Graduate research assistantships available with stipend and tuition waivers.

Description

Contacts

Graduate Coordinator
Wesley Harvey
wharvey@gsu.edu

College of the Arts
55 Park Place, NE, Ste. 910
Atlanta, GA 30303

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