MA – Curatorial Track

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

This option 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 including internships. 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 is 30 graduate credits in Art History, of which a minimum of at least 18 credits in courses numbered 700 or 900-level (excluding 703 and 704 and independent research 890, 891 and 999). Six of the 18 credits should be taken in thesis research (ArtHist 990) and thesis exhibition (ArtHist 991).
  2. ArtHist 703: Introduction to Art Museum Studies I, ArtHist 704: Introduction to Art Museum Studies II, and ArtHist 891: Museum Internship
  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
  5. 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. The student must pass an oral defense of the thesis exhibition.

General Guidelines

Thesis Exhibition Proposal Samples

Graduate Grievance Procedures

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