The doctoral program in Art History offers research and scholarship at the highest level, through training in empirical research, theoretical debate, and methodological inquiry. The Department of Art History has a reputation for its intellectually lively community of graduate students, who fully participate in the research profile and innovative teaching of the Department.
The PhD program encompasses the full spectrum of historical, modern, and contemporary periods, while also fostering critical and interdisciplinary modes of interpretation. Our faculty and graduate students are actively contributing to fields such as the history of photography, feminist traditions of art history, First Nations art history, cross-cultural studies and globalization, material and visual culture, architectural history, craft history, new media studies, museum studies, and historiography of the discipline.
Professional training is an integral part of the doctoral program. Students have the opportunity to work as teaching assistants, and beginning in their second year of study, to develop and teach courses in the Department of Art History’s undergraduate program.
Choosing a supervisor
To learn more about the research interests of each professor, potential PhD students should consult our list of full-time Faculty to identify possible supervisors for their doctoral research projects.
The PhD in Art History is an inter-university program administered jointly by Concordia University, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal and Université Laval.
Students enroll at the institution at which their thesis supervisor teaches, however coursework is completed at more than one university. The interuniversity nature of the program allows access to a wide range of resources and expertise, as well as diverse traditional and contemporary methodological approaches to the study of art history. The bilingual nature of the program requires that students understand spoken and written French and English, though they need only be able to speak and write one of these languages.
The student is supervised by his/her thesis supervisor, assisted by a doctoral committee, made up of the supervisor and two other professors. To form their doctoral committee, students may choose to work with one or more faculty members from the other institutions in the program:
Read more information about Graduate Studies at Concordia, including important dates, funding, student forms, thesis preparation information, and the graduate academic calendar via the School of Graduate Studies.
Learn about PhD admission requirements, including deadlines, minimum educational qualifications, required documents, and proof of language proficiency.
Learn about PhD degree requirements, including language proficiency, thesis, courses, and residency.