- Post-Bac Option
MA in Art History
Welcome to the graduate program home page of the Art History program in the Department of Art and Art History. We offer a MA degree in art history, and have newly launched an art history track in the Master’s Program in Museum and Field Studies.
From this homepage you can find information about our program of study, funding, faculty expertise and current research interests, past and current seminar offerings, current grad students, ongoing and recent events, graduate student life, and cultural resources in the Boulder-Denver region. Please click on “MA Handbook” for answers to the most specialized questions regarding departmental requirements and procedures.
If you would like more information about pursuing your field of specialization, or scheduling a campus visit, please contact the relevant faculty member by email. Regarding questions about the program generally, please email me as Director of Graduate Studies for Art History. For questions on graduate life, I encourage you to reach out to any of the current graduate students. We hope that you enjoy exploring the graduate program and we thank you for your interest.
Director of Graduate Studies for Art History
The Program gives students an interdisciplinary foundation in the history of art to prepare them for careers as scholars, museum professionals, and related creative professions in the history of art. Its main objective – through graduate seminars, teaching opportunities, museum internships, and scholarly fieldwork – is to foster critical thinking about contemporary and historical forms of art as well as visual and material culture. Students develop their specialized interests from a combination of individual mentoring and collaborative approaches to intellectual inquiry. We offer a supportive environment committed to debate and experimentation applicable to a variety of career choices, Graduates typically regard their two years in our Masters program as a formative period of intellectual growth and professional experience.
Our diverse faculty offers a constantly changing curriculum of seminar topics geared to highlight current research, and a strong foundation in critical historiography and contemporary critical theory. Students in our interdisciplinary program also take advantage of exciting course offerings in cultural Anthropology, Classics, History, a wide range of Literature programs, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Art Practices, and new media.
Our intimate atmosphere offers exceptional opportunities to work with permanent faculty and distinguished art historians from other institutions through our Visiting Scholars program. This longstanding feature of our graduate curriculum brings four to six leading scholars to campus every year to present their current work in a graduate seminar, public lecture, and informal events.
The Boulder-Denver area is home to a growing art economy with rich museum collections including exceptional holdings of Precolumbian art, Colonial Art of the Americas, Asian art, and Contemporary art. The region boasts a beautiful natural setting in a mild climate with over 300 days of sunshine per year.
Areas of Specialization Include: Medieval Art, Renaissance Art and Art Theory, Latin American, Native North American, Modern Art and Architecture, Contemporary Art and Critical Theory.
For ancient art see offerings in the Department of Classics.