Art History Programs

Degrees and Specializations

The graduate program in Art History offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees and is extremely active. The programs cover a wide range of areas of study delimited by the department's fields of specialization, which include the following: Medieval, Renaissance, the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Centuries, Contemporary, Canadian, East Asian, New Media, Gender and Sexuality, Race and Representation, and art historical methodologies, notably feminism and postcolonialism.

McGill is situated in one of the most vibrant cities in North America, and Montreal offers myriad opportunities for graduate students to engage with local arts institutions either officially, through internships and research fellowships, or unofficially, through volunteering. Local institutions range from the large-scale public museums (such as the Musée d'art contemporain, the Musée des beaux arts, and the National Gallery of Canada close by in Ottawa) to smaller alternative galleries (such as La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse and Studio XX, feminist arts spaces), as well as university based venues such as the Redpath Museum on campus and the McCord Museum of Canadian History (which houses the McGill University Archives) and independent contemporary art galleries such as DHC and the Darling Foundry. The Canadian Centre for Architecture, with its archives and exhibitions, and the Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales de Québec also offer grants and research opportunities for local graduate students. A close relationship with the other three major universities in Montreal, Concordia University, Université de Montréal, and Université de Québec à Montréal, affords students access to a broad network of additional courses, lectures, and colleagues across the city.

Learn about our current graduate students and their research.

Find out more about the M.A. in Art History.

Find out more about the Ph.D. in Art History.

Graduate Option in Gender and Women's Studies: Information regarding this option is available on the IGSF website.

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