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Art History, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Bangdel, Dr. Dina
Director, Graduate Programs in Art History
(804) 628-7037

Admission requirements summary

Art History, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

of entry:

Fall only

Jan 15

Special requirements:
Please see for details on the application process.

The Ph.D. in Art History is a research-oriented degree designed to train critical and productive scholars who are well-grounded in the literature, methodology and major art historical problems in a designated area of study. The program’s focus is on interdisciplinary and multicultural studies utilizing new critical methodologies.

The curatorial track within the doctoral program in art history trains critical and productive scholars who are equipped to produce museum publications or programs and administer projects, departments or institutions. The program is administered in partnership with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, whose curators teach selected art history and museum studies courses, provide mentorship to museum research fellows and serve on dissertation committees.

Doctoral students will undertake an established program of course work and will be engaged in directed research and scholarly exposition within specialized areas of art historical inquiry.

For general department information, visit

Student learning outcomes

  1. Engage critically with art historical theories and methods
  2. Acquire in-depth knowledge of chosen subject area
  3. Professional development
  4. Develop advanced skills in oral and written communication



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