Graduate program director
Margaret A. Lindauer, Ph.D.
Associate professor and chair, Department of Art History
Program website: arts.vcu.edu/arthistory
Refer to the program search function of the online VCU Bulletins for a complete listing of all programs, concentrations and related curricular options.
Art History, Master of Arts (M.A.) with a concentration in architectural history
Art History, Master of Arts (M.A.) with a concentration in museum studies
Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.
Art History, Master of Arts (M.A.) with a concentration in historical studies
|Semester(s) of entry:
Students with a bachelor’s degree in art history or in a related field (e.g., history, anthropology, literary studies, religious studies or philosophy) are invited to apply to VCU Department of Art History graduate programs. Applicants who have completed at least 18 undergraduate semester credit hours in art history are preferred.
In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, applicants to the Master of Arts in Art History must meet the following requirements:
Applications are reviewed by full-time faculty members who assess an applicant’s overall package of materials, with particular attention to the statement of interest and writing sample.
See arts.vcu.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/graduate for specific information regarding the online application process.
The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.
It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.
The mission of the graduate program in art history is to equip students with requisite knowledge, skills and theoretical foundation to embark on successful careers in academia and/or museums.
The M.A. curriculum concentrations provide students with a general background in the research methods and teachings of art history in preparation for careers in museums, collections care or arts organizations. It also prepares students for the more rigorous research demands of the Ph.D., which is the required degree for academic and curatorial careers.
In addition to general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students must complete 30 credit hours of course work, variously distributed according to curriculum concentration.
|ARTH 690 Historiography and Methodology of Art History||3|
|ARTH 694 Art History and Pedagogy||3|
|ARTH 695 Writing Seminar I||3|
|ARTH 771 Writing Seminar II||3|
|Six art history seminars*||18|
|Total graduate credit hours required (minimum)||39|
* At least one from among ARTH 721-729 and at least one from among ARTH 741-749. The remaining four art history seminar courses may be chosen from among the aforementioned courses and/or ARTH 591, 791 and 797, as well as no more than one museum studies class (ARTH 681-684, 691 or 693).
Students must earn a minimum grade of B in ARTH 690 Historiography and Methodology of Art History in order to enroll in subsequent graduate-level art history courses. Students must also demonstrate an ability to translate art historical scholarship published in a language relevant to their research interests and approved by the departmental graduate committee. The Department of Art History administers language exams, and it offers a course in German for art history.
For more information about the programs of study, go to arts.vcu.edu/arthistory.
A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.
Degree candidacy requirements
As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.