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Art History and Visual Studies (MA)

In this research-focused program, you will study art and the visual world with experts. Join our vibrant community of students, faculty and arts professionals to undertake innovative studies of art, imagery and architecture, from ancient archeological sites to contemporary video games.

This program has active, in-class learning through seminars, workshops and public presentations. You will develop a research project on a topic of your choice.

Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
2 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional


Students in this program will:

  • refine and expand upon existing competencies in the tools of art history: visual/formal analysis
  • write and speak clearly, effectively, and critically using terminology and a range of theoretical frameworks appropriate to the fields of art history and visual studies
  • conduct independent research on a chosen topic, involving the collection and analysis of visual and/or material culture
  • revise and improve writing and spoken presentations on the basis of questions and critiques received from members of the supervisory committee, as well as in seminars and conferences
  • investigate and provide explanations for specific interrelations between cultural/historical contexts, art and visual culture

Find a supervisor

All graduate students in this program must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • you must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • this faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

Allan Antliff

Professor Modern American and European art, Contemporary art, Anarchist studies

Astri Wright

Professor Southeast Asian art (including textiles, ephemeral arts), modern and contemporary arts

Carey Newman

Impact Chair in Indigenous Art Practices Sculpture

Carolyn Butler-Palmer

Williams Legacy Chair, Associate Professor Modern and Contemporary arts of the Pacific Northwest

Catherine Harding

Associate Professor Late Medieval and Early Renaissance art

Dennine Dudley

Associate Teaching Professor Early Modern England, Textile History, Collecting Practices, Pop Culture

Erin Campbell

Professor Early Modern European art

Evanthia Baboula

Assistant Professor & Associate Dean Material & Visual Cultures of the Mediterranean

Lianne McLarty

Associate Professor Feminist film theory, critical theory, popular culture

Marcus Milwright

Department Chair, Professor Medieval Islamic art and archaeology

Melia Belli Bose

Associate Professor Visual cultures of early modern and contemporary South Asia

Mitch Parry

Associate Teaching Professor Film studies

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Contact Sandra Curran at or 250-721-7942.

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