MA – Curatorial Track

Curatorial Track: MA in Art History with an Emphasis on Museums and Curatorial Practice

This track is designed primarily to provide students with a solid academic foundation on which to base a variety of careers in the museum, gallery, or cultural institutions.

This program of study offers a variety of opportunities for practical training in the art museum and gallery fields. Curatorial Track students receive hands-on experience in the required courses Art History 703 and 704 (Introduction to Art Museum Studies). At the culmination of this sequence of courses is the student-curated exhibition. To complete the curatorial track students must individually organize an exhibition.

  1. Minimum Degree Requirement: 30 graduate credits in Art History, of which a minimum of 18 credits must be in courses numbered 700-level or above (excluding 703 and 704 or internship/independent research 890, 891 and 999). 6 of the 18 credits must be taken in Thesis Exhibition Research (ArtHist 991).
  2. Required Courses: ArtHist 700: Proseminar; and ArtHist 891: Museum Internship (max 6 credits). Students on the Curatorial Track must also complete ArtHist 703: Introduction to Art Museum Studies I; ArtHist 704: Introduction to Art Museum Studies II.
  3. Distribution requirement: 3 credits each in the following four areas: Ancient/Medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, Modern/Contemporary (1750 to the Present, including Film), and Non-Western. At least 6 of these credits must be taken in courses numbered 700 or above.
  4. Language Examination: Must be completed by the time the student has amassed nine credit hours of course work.
  5. Individual Exhibition: The student must organize an exhibition accompanied by a scholarly catalog and gallery talk on a subject selected in consultation with the advisor. This exhibition must demonstrate the student’s ability to organize material and familiarity with research methods and art historical literature pertinent to the student’s topic and area of interest. The exhibition is considered the equivalent of a formal thesis and the accompanying written work must be submitted to the Graduate School in appropriate format.
  6. Oral Defense: The student must pass an oral defense of the thesis exhibition.


General Guidelines

Thesis Exhibition Proposal Sample

Graduate Grievance Procedures

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