The Graduate Program in Art History
The Art History program at UT is among the nation’s largest and most distinguished, with over twenty full-time faculty members who are leading scholars in their fields and represent a diversity of critical and methodological outlooks. Students in Art History are regularly honored with prestigious awards and fellowships, and alumni from this program lead successful careers at colleges, universities, and museums worldwide. Art History’s strengths include a wide choice of course offerings in nearly all areas of the history of art, from Pre-Columbian, South Asian, Latin American, to European, American and African and African Diaspora art.
The program’s expansive scope comprises courses covering a wide range of periods and cultures of art, while areas of special concentration are represented by several active research centers. Interdisciplinary study and collaboration play a vital role in the program. Additionally, research is enhanced by access to the many resources available across campus including the Blanton Museum of Art, one of the country’s leading university art museums; the university’s notable library system; and cultural archives such as the Harry Ransom Center.
Professor John Clarke
Learn more about faculty, students, and alumni in the annual Art History Newsletter.
The Master’s Degree in Art History
Applicants to the Master of Arts Program are expected to have completed a broad range of undergraduate coursework in art history (18 hours in art history are recommended) and related fields. MA students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in reading/translating one contemporary language other than English prior to beginning the fourth semester in residence.
Four MA tracks are offered in Art History. The general track allows students to cover diverse historical areas of art history; students who desire to pursue a more specialized approach may choose tracks from one of three areas: Ancient (Western and Non-Western), Medieval to Early Modern, and Modern.
The PhD in Art History
Applicants to the Doctoral Program must have an MA in art history or an MA in a related field with substantial coursework in art history at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants completing the second year of a Master’s program are also eligible to apply.
Portfolio in Museum Studies
Established in 2008, the Portfolio in Museum Studies allows Master’s degree and PhD students already enrolled in the Art History graduate program to develop a concentration concerning some aspect of the practices and cultural significance of museums. This non–degree program offers opportunities for obtaining further expertise in a cross–disciplinary manner.
The specific goals of this program are:
- To develop an understanding of how museums and their collections shape societies
- To develop an awareness of past practices of museums in order to foster an understanding of current and future developments
- To develop practical and analytical skills relevant to understanding the increasingly complex roles of museums and those who work in them
Through a set of thematically related courses, this portfolio program is meant to promote cross–disciplinary scholarship and study by bringing together faculty and students from a variety of disciplines whose interests and training transcend the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines.
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Graduate students from the U.S. (citizens and permanent residents) are automatically eligible for Federal Plus loans as independent students and must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). However, you should complete the FAFSA even if you don’t intend to take out student loans because doing so may qualify you for need-based funding such as grants and scholarships. Applicants must file the FAFSA by the March 15 priority deadline to be considered for need-based funding.
Applicants should complete the FAFSA as soon as you have submitted your admission application and have filed your federal tax return. You are strongly urged not to wait for notification of admission before filing the FAFSA.
Current tuition for Texas residents and out-of-state and international non-residents, as well as other estimated costs-of-attendance, can be figured using the Cost & Tuition calculator.
A limited number of Tuition Waivers are offered to out-of-state and international students that forgive the non-resident portion of tuition.
Funding resources at the MA level, such as scholarships and in-state tuition waivers, are limited and awarded on a case-by-case basis. Each semester, MA students may apply for positions as a Grader for a large introductory/survey or upper-division class. Once assigned to grade for a course, the Grader must attend all lectures and grade all exams and assignments for the course. The number of Grader positions varies each year, and the salary is based on the number of students in the class.
The faculty’s goal is to support all admitted PhD students with a combination of Teaching Assistantships, Assistant Instructor positions, Graduate Research Assistant positions and scholarship funds so they can earn their degree with as little outside cost as possible.
A limited number of Graduate Research Assistant positions may be available each semester to both MA and PhD students.
All applicants are considered for financial support; it is not necessary to apply or request separately.
Information about other sources of funding is available from the Graduate School.