The MA in Art History trains students to think critically about the visual and material culture that is such an important aspect of our lives. Students in the program work alongside faculty members engaged in a wide variety of research initiatives and gain experience as teaching assistants. Montreal’s wealth of museums (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Musée d'Art Contemporain) cultural institutions (McCord Museum) and cutting-edge art spaces (L'Arsenal, Phi Centre) offer countless opportunities to cultivate an individualized research focus. Together, coursework and a rich program of extracurricular activities enable students to create their own portfolios of exhibition reviews, journal articles and curatorial projects. Join a vibrant cohort of students, scholars and professionals who are pursuing their graduate studies on a full or part-time basis. The size of our program is one of its assets - large enough to provide a diverse selection of seminars, but small enough for students to actively participate in dialogue and debate.
BFA or a BA with a major in Art History or approved equivalent with at least a B+ average in the major area.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.
6 credits – Required Courses
ARTH 655 - Thesis Seminar (3 credits, pass/fail)
ARTH 654 - Annotated Review of Sources and Documents (3 credits)
15 credits – Seminars
The graduate program director or the student’s supervisor assists the student in choosing seminars.
Exceptionally, and with the approval of the graduate program director, students may register for one of the following options: a graduate seminar (3 credits) in another discipline or at another Quebec university, an internship or an independent study.
A statement of purpose (500 words) should explain why you have chosen to do graduate work in Art History at Concordia University, propose a thesis topic or area of special interest, and discuss your professional goals.
A writing sample (8-10 pages), which usually takes the form of an art history undergraduate essay
Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended
The MA in Art History provides you with an academically rich and collaborative learning environment, infused with professional development opportunities. Many of our classes integrate experiential learning components such as learning how to archive art text, building an art database, practicing curatorial writing, or developing websites.
Recent course offerings have included:
Selected Issues in North American Art and Architectural History: Conversion Colonization and Agency
All new applicants will automatically be considered for a number of entrance fellowships, awards, and teaching assistantships. Students who wish to apply for provincial or federal funding should be aware that these applications must be submitted well before the program application.
Some in-course awards are available for graduate students, including the Renata Hornstein Graduate Fellowhip in Art History, the Morrie and Diane Cohen Graduate Scholarship in Art History, the Francis and David Rubin Award, and subsidies for research travel and conference presentations. Annual calls for applications are issued to students already registered in the program.