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 Amerindian and Inuit art and architecture, North American architecture, craft, painting, photography and sculpture, as well as other media, from the 17th to the 21st century, art criticism, visual and material culture, industrial archaeology and museum studies.
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.
For sample curriculum and course content, consult our MA Seminars.
Learn about MA admission requirements, including deadlines, minimum educational qualifications, required documents, and proof of language proficiency.
Learn about MA degree requirements, including language proficiency, thesis, courses, and residency.