Department of Art and Art History Art History

Graduate Program Overview

With a large permanent faculty and frequent visiting lecturers, the Graduate Program in Art History offers diversity and depth of study in this discipline. Our strengths include a wide choice of course offerings in nearly all areas of the history of art, from Pre-Columbian, South Asian, Latin American, to European, American and African and African Diaspora art. The program encompasses a wide geographical and chronological range. Within the graduate offerings, diversity of method and approach is also evident, and it reveals itself in the varied backgrounds of faculty, who have degrees in the history of art, as well as in classics, anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, literature and medieval studies. Several faculty are involved in archaeological and exhibition projects, so that students with these interests are able to obtain hands-on experience. The faculty is aware of the need to provide not only solid foundations in the discipline itself, but also thorough training in related fields. Art History seeks to understand the context of art throughout its duration, and to do so demands the training of reflective and broadly educated scholars.

Degrees Offered

Master of Arts (MA) in Art History

The MA in Art History is a two-year, in-residence degree program for the highly motivated student with a strong background in Art History and its methods. Graduate students are expected to accomplish a substantial amount of seminar work, and in their second of year of study, engage in researching and writing a thesis, an original contribution to scholarship. The MA may be pursued as a terminal degree, or as preparation to continue with doctoral studies. Students may pursue studies in general or specialized tracks.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Art History

The PhD program in Art History offers an exciting framework for energetic upcoming scholars to pursue specialization in one of the sub-disciplines of Art History or Archaeology. The rigorous program involves immersion in seminar work, along with research in museums, archives, or archaeological sites. Candidates are expected to make use of the wide spectrum of resources at the University of Texas at Austin and spend a substantial amount of time researching and writing a doctoral dissertation. They also have ample opportunities to refine their teaching skills, either as assistants or as instructors of their own individual courses.