Your MA program

Our graduate degrees are research-focused and include courses designed to build knowledge and enhance research- and career-related skills.

Our Master of Arts in art history and visual studies (AHVS) normally consists of 15 units and is designed to be completed in a two-year residency (5 terms).

Students are to complete a major research paper in the form of a journal article (approx. 10,000 words), which will be defended in an oral exam.

You may take up to 3.0 units at the 400 level including Cultural Resource Management courses, and you may take up to 3.0 units from another department, as electives. These courses must be related to your art-historical research, at the graduate or 400 level, and approved by your supervisor.  

The Workshop in Art Historical Writing is essential support for the development of your MA research paper proposal. 

Language requirement

You will have the opportunity to learn an additional language, which will expand your skills and enable you to read historical documents in their original language. This will also allow you to talk with local communities while conducting research in foreign countries, presenting conference papers, or visiting international museums and art galleries.

You would normally complete 3.0 units of 200-level language or literature courses (excluding those taught in English using translations) to demonstrate a reading knowledge of a language other than English, appropriate to your art historical research and approved by your supervisory committee.

Also acceptable are GMST 405 or 3.0 units of FRAN 180.

For First Nations' languages, a minimum of 4.5 units within a single language is acceptable.

A GPA of at least 4.0 (B-) is necessary for all language courses.

In special circumstances, students may request permission to take a translation examination administered by the department.

How to apply for your MA