Founded in 1973, Concordia’s MA in Art History is one of Canada’s longest standing and foremost graduate programs in our discipline: it offers extensive seminar offerings every year, focused on various thematic issues related to our faculty’s current research on medieval, Renaissance, modern, and contemporary art and architecture from across the globe (including print culture, photography, interior design, craft, and fashion). Each professor presents to their students various theories and methodologies that are broadly relevant in the field today (such as decolonizing methodologies, postcolonial theory, queer theory, social art history, sensory studies, etc.) The program also offers the possibility of pursuing an internship in a museum, a gallery or at another local cultural organization in Montreal. Once their coursework is completed, students undertake, alongside their supervisor, a directed review of sources and then write a thesis that is an original and topical contribution to art historical scholarship.
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 English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.
Please see the Art History Courses page for course descriptions.
Art History MA (45 credits)
credits of Required Courses:
•ARTH 654Annotated Review of Sources and Documents (3.00)
•ARTH 655Thesis Seminar (3.00)
credits of seminars selected in consultation with the graduate program director or the student’s supervisor. Exceptionally, and with the approval of the Graduate Program Director, students may register for one of the following options:
1) a graduate seminar (3 credits) in another discipline or at another Quebec university,
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.
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 as well as subsidies for research travel and conference presentations are available to graduate students. Annual calls for applications are issued to students already registered in the program.