M.A. Program

Option B: Thesis Exhibition
Certificate in Art Museum Studies

This option is designed primarily to provide students with a solid academic foundation on which to base a variety of careers in the museum/gallery.

This program of study offers a variety of opportunities for practical training including internships. Option B: Thesis Exhibition students will also be expected to organize an exhibition to fulfill their thesis requirements. Thesis exhibitions are usually held in a large gallery space overseen by the Art History Department. Recent student exhibitions have featured 20th-century painting, World War II posters, and architectural drawings. Further hands-on experience is provided by required courses Art History 703 and 704, Introduction to Art Museum Studies. At the culmination of this sequence of courses is the student-curated exhibition.

  1. At least 15 credits in courses numbered 700 or 900 level (excluding 703 and 704 and independent research 890, 891 and 999). Six of the 15 credits should be taken in thesis research (Arthist 990/991).
  2. Arthist 703: Introduction to Art Museum Studies I, Arthist 704: Introduction to Art Museum Studies II, and Arthist 891: Museum Internship
  3. Distribution requirement. 3 credits in four of the following five areas: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance-Baroque, Modern (1750 to the Present including Film), and Non-Western. At least 6 of these credits must be taken in courses numbered 700 or above.
  4. Language Examination
  5. The student must organize an exhibition accompanied by a scholarly catalog and gallery talk on a subject selected in consultation with the advisor. This exhibition must demonstrate the student's ability to organize material and familiarity with research methods and art historical literature pertinent to the student's topic and area of interest. The exhibition is considered the equivalent of a formal thesis and the accompanying written work must be submitted to the Graduate School in appropriate format.
  6. The student must pass a final comprehensive examination, which will take the form of an oral defense of the thesis exhibition.
Introduction to Art Museum Studies I & II
Option B: Thesis Exhibition Brochure pdf (106kb)
Option B: Thesis Exhibition Timeline pdf (204kb)
Option B: Thesis Exhibition Guidelines pdf (27kb)

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