Program list & descriptions

Art History and Visual Studies ( Doctorate )

Our PhD program normally requires three to four years to complete. The PhD degree is research-focused and includes courses designed to build knowledge and enhance research- and career-related skills. We offer a workshop course in art historical writing as essential support for our student’s development when writing the doctoral dissertation.


Prerequisite Minimum standing
MA Degree in History of Art of closely related field

Applicants must also meet the general admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


Entry point Domestic students International students
September December 15 December 15


  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of intent
  • One sample of written research
  • For details, please consult the History in Art website

Program advisers

Department directory

Group/Position Name Telephone Office E-mail
General Office and Secretary Debbie Kowalyk 250-721-7942 FIA 151
FAX 250-721-7941 FIA 151
Acting Chair Erin Campbell 250-721-7944 FIA 135
Graduate Advisor Astri Wright 250-721-7949 FIA 133

Co-operative education opportunities

What is co-op?

Co-operative education (co-op) is a learning strategy that lets you:

  • alternate your academic studies with paid, relevant work experience in your field of study
  • enrich your academic studies by drawing on practical, real-world experience from your work terms
  • develop competencies to excel in the workplace
  • potentially pursue work terms related to your graduate research or project
Can you do co-op?

Graduate co-op may be available to students who are pursuing thesis and non-thesis (or professional) degrees. Participation is optional, and admission is determined after consultation with your graduate adviser and department. Contact the co-op program in your degree area for details, or email

Note: Co-op is not open to one-year graduate degrees, graduate certificates and diplomas, and non-degree graduate students.

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