The PhD in Art History is a bilingual inter-university program that enables students to develop advanced research skills and offers a dynamic environment for the exchange of ideas across intellectual communities. The program is jointly administered by Concordia, Université de Montréal and Université du Québec à Montréal. With more than 40 research-active faculty members to work with, students undertake dissertations on a full range of historical, modern, and contemporary topics. The program offers unparalleled access to Montreal’s cultural institutions and exceptional inter-library resources. Students receive rigorous methodological and theoretical training, and their research projects are complemented by opportunities for professional development that may include undergraduate course teaching, curating, editing and conference organizing.
Master of Arts degree in Art History or its equivalent.
Thesis research project accompanied by a letter of support from the proposed supervisor in the Department of Art History.
Prospective students should therefore contact individual professors, or the Graduate Program Director, to find the right supervisor for their doctoral research project.
Language Requirements. This is a bilingual interuniversity program, offered jointly with the Université de Montréal and the Université du Québec à Montréal. Students may successfully complete all of its various components in English, in French, or in a combination of both languages. Applicants are therefore required to be fully proficient in English or French. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Three Letters of Reference and assessment form. References from Art History professors are preferred. Referees will be contacted for letters as soon as the student submits their application. Once contacted by the university, referees have 14 days to submit their letters. After that, the link provided to them will no longer be valid. For any questions contact Art History.
A letter of support from the applicant's proposed supervisor at Concordia University
Statement of purpose (5-8 pages) should discuss why the applicant has chosen to pursue a Doctorate in Art History at Concordia University. Like a detailed research proposal, the letter should indicate the project that the applicant aims to develop, the contribution to scholarship it will make, and how the applicant's academic and professional background has prepared him/her to undertake the proposed research.
A writing sample (15-20 pages), usually a chapter from the applicant's MA thesis
Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended
The Department of Art History is home to the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canada Art, and houses the Journal of Canadian Art History, and the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative, Graduate students benefit from these academically-rich environments and, through the Faculty’s Visual Collections Repository, have access to 300,000 circulating slides and digital images that range from the pre-historic to the contemporary.
Our program offers a uniquely bilingual seminar environment and enables students to develop a cross-cultural awareness of different art historical traditions and approaches.
Students must be able to participate in a bilingual seminar environment. This requires strong comprehension of both written and oral French and English, and superior communication skills in one of the two languages. Knowledge of a third language may be required if the supervisor regards it as necessary to the proposed research.
Our alumni find success in a wide range of professional art careers. Graduates pursue careers in museums, galleries, and artist-run centres, arts writing and criticism and university and college teaching.
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All applicants are advised to ensure that they are communicating directly with the university for admissions and fee payments.