MA Admissions - Art History & Visual Culture

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Graduate Program – MA

MA Art Concentration in Art History and Visual Culture
The Master of Arts in Art History and Visual Culture offers a broad education in visual culture within a dynamic department that includes a strong M.F.A. program in the heart of Silicon Valley. The program prepares students for a Ph.D. or a graduate library degree with specialization in art history. It also provides training for a variety of positions, including community college professor, image researcher, museum curator, arts administrator, conservator, and visual resources librarian.

Our program is especially strong in modern and contemporary art, architecture and design, and the art of the Renaissance. We feature a variety of special-topic courses, such as Modern Architecture, History of Photography, and Conceptual Art. We regularly teach courses coordinated with local art institutions. 
Besides featuring a wide array of courses we host a number of activities during the academic year, such as the Art History and Visual Culture Colloquium, the Art History Association Symposium, the Tuesday Night Lecture Series and a range of exhibitions in the Thompson Gallery. 


Study Abroad

The program regularly offers FLP (Faculty Led Programs) to Venice, Paris, and Vienna. If you are interested in one of these programs please contact the coordinating faculty below.
Venice:  Dr. Elizabeth Carroll,
Paris:  Dr. Josine Smits,
Vienna:  Dr. Gretchen Simms, 



Applicats must submit their applications via Cal State Apply. See the Application Instructions and Procedures for current deadlines.

Application Requirements

All Applicants must meet both University Requirements and Program Requirements established by the Department of Art & Art History. 

University Requirements

More information on University requirements can be found here: SJSU Graduate Application Information.

Department Requrements

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