School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Art History

Head
Schwartz, J.

Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Morehead, A.

Professor
Bailey, G.2, D'Elia, U., Dickey, S.3, Hoeniger, C., Jessup, L., Schwartz, J., Spronk, R.

Associate Professor
Morehead, A.,Reeve, M.

Assistant Professor
Romba, K., Russell-Corbett, J., Vorano, N.

Professor Emeritus
Du Prey, P., Finley, G.E., Helland, J.

Adjunct Professor
Allen, J.1, Boutilier, A., Smith, S.E.K., Sullivan, P.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Coutre, J.N., Kerr, S.

Cross-Appointed Associate Professor
Bevan, G., Lord, S.

Cross-Appointed Assistant Professor
Robinson, D.

1 - Director/Curator of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre
2 - Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art
3 - Bader Chair in Northern Baroque Art

 


Departmental Facilities

The M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Art History offer advanced training in the study of visual and material culture from the Middle Ages to the present. The Department is strongly committed to the training of graduate students in a variety of approaches, methodologies, and issues including the study of art, science and technology; gender, class and society; material culture and object-based analysis; museums, collecting and cultural policy; word and image studies, and post-colonial analysis.

The Department of Art offers, at the graduate level, in addition to the Ph.D. and the M.A. in Art History, the M.A. C. in Art Conservation. Recognizing the increasing need for art historians to know more about the history of technique, restoration, and the relation of conservation to art history, the Department has developed a number of advanced courses in the area of interaction between conservation and art history. It is uniquely equipped to do so with the art conservation program and its laboratories on campus and with several art historians and conservators actively doing research in the area. Ph.D. students interested in the overlap between the two disciplines have the option of carrying out a Ph.D. in Art History focusing on this field, Studies in Art History and Art Conservation. The interaction between art history and the museum is also addressed in advanced courses in the Department, which offers course credit to graduate students in art history for a practicum for M.A. students at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and a directed research program for Ph.D. students in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Liaison is also maintained with other Departments in the Humanities, particularly Classics, English, History, the Languages, Gender Studies, and Cultural Studies, so that graduate students may take additional courses in such fields if needed. In the Sciences, interdepartmental liaison is maintained particularly with Chemistry and Physics, which are of interest to the art conservation program.

The Art Library located in the Stauffer Library comprises some 60,000 items (including exhibition catalogues) on all aspects of art history and on art technology, restoration, conservation and exhibition, supplemented by microfiche and microfilm facilities. The Department holds some 400,000 images of architecture, painting and sculpture, art technology, restoration, and conservation, in digital and traditional formats. Vast digital collections of texts and images are also available through the Queen's libraries. Graduate students also have access to the computers, printers, scanners, and software necessary for textual and visual research in the Winifred Ross Multimedia Room. Extensive Canadian archival material on art and architecture is also available elsewhere in Stauffer Library and the University Archives. The library also has rich holdings of rare books, including an unusually strong collection of European architectural treatises.

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, which has a close working relationship with the Department, offers outstanding collections of West African, Inuit, First Nations, European, and Canadian art, including costumes, quilts, and decorative arts, and runs a vital exhibition schedule of contemporary art. Part of the permanent collection is on display at all times; the rest, which is in storage, is available to graduate students by appointment. The Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), which permits access to information about the holdings of public collections across the country, is also accessible to graduate students through the Art Centre.

Financial Assistance

Apart from national and provincial awards, Graduate Awards may be made by the Department on the basis of merit. Teaching assistantships may be available to students in both the art conservation and art history programs. At the M.A. level, the Joseph S. Stauffer Foundation Scholarship is available to a student entering the second year of the Master's program in Art History with evidence of intent to write a thesis on a topic in Canadian Art or Architecture. At the Ph.D. level, several Bader Fellowships, valued up to $30,000 each, will be awarded each year for research in Europe.

Programs of Study

Master of Arts - Art History

Admissions

Applicants are accepted under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

Admission to the M.A. program is limited. Applicants are normally recommended for admission by the Faculty Committee on Graduate Studies. This Committee may direct the applicant to take certain secondary courses complementary to the Degree program, if this is deemed advisable in the light of the needs of the individual student. Admission is normally limited to students with a degree in Art History and a minimum strong upper second class standing in the upper years of their B.A. program.

Language Requirements

Sufficient reading knowledge of a second language (French, German, or Italian) is required. Depending upon the areas of concentration of the individual student, reading knowledge of a third language may also be required. Proficiency examinations are administered within the Department.

Degree Requirements

The requirements are set according to the General Regulations specified in the calendar of the School of Graduate Studies (Master's Degree Program).  Two program options are offered. In either option courses must be chosen in consultation with the Coordinator of Graduate Studies and the instructors concerned;

  • Option A (Pattern I) -- Four term-length courses and a Master's Thesis (ARTH- 899) (20-25,000 words) (9.0 credit units);
  • Option B (Pattern II) -- Six term-length courses and ARTH-898 Advanced Research Paper (10-12,000 words) (3.0 credit units).

The examination procedure for the Thesis, including the oral examination, conform to departmental and SGS regulations (Thesis).

The Advanced Research Paper will be read and marked Pass/Fail by two readers in addition to the supervisor.

In both options the Thesis or Advanced Research Paper topic must be chosen in consultation with the candidate's supervisor, who will be appointed on the advice of the Coordinator of Graduate Studies. After preliminary research, a Thesis Proposal or Advanced Research Paper proposal written according to departmental guidelines, must be approved by the Faculty Committee on Graduate Studies before preparation of the Thesis or Advanced Research Paper can begin. The outside parameter indicated in Option A would normally only apply to the type of thesis that is accompanied by substantial appendices. The Master's program (both Option A and B) is normally expected to take two years. It can be completed in sixteen months, if work on the thesis topic is begun soon after the student registers.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admissions

Applicants are accepted under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Admission to the Ph.D. is normally limited to applicants with an Honours B.A., or its equivalent, and an M.A., the latter with first class standing in all primary courses. Normally both these degrees should be in Art History, but allowance may be made for those candidates one of whose degrees is in Art History but whose other degree is in a related subject (such as Art Conservation, Classics, Fine Art, or History). In all cases, the Graduate Committee of the Department will examine the record of courses taken by applicants in both their graduate and undergraduate programs in order to establish that they have sufficient preparation in the History of Art. The Committee will request that deficiencies in preparation be made up in a first year at Preparatory Status. The Graduate Committee will also ask applicants to submit evidence of advanced research skills and the ability to communicate the results in written form.

Language Requirements

Evidence shall be required of a reading knowledge of those languages other than English which are deemed necessary for a candidate's particular field of study, as determined by the Art History Graduate Committee. Proof of such ability can be established by language tests previously taken at the M.A. level, or by appropriate coursework, and is required in at least one second language at the time or application.

Degree Requirements

The requirements are set according to the General Regulations specified in the calendar of the School of Graduate Studies (Doctoral Degree Programs). Students are required to complete the following sequence:

  • Year 1
    Three term-length courses in Art History during the first two terms, one of which must be taken with the supervisor, and one of which must be taken outside the area of specialization.
  • Year 2
    • Option A: The Field Examinations are normally taken within eight months of completion of the three courses required in the first two terms. They consist of two written Field Essays, credited as ARTH-904 and ARTH-905, completed by an Oral Examination.
    • Option B: The candidate will write one Field Essay, completed by an Oral Examination (ARTH-906*), and complete a substantial internship at a museum or other cultural institution (ARTH-907).

Upon the satisfactory completion of either Option A or Option B, the candidate will commence a special Research Seminar, reading with a supervisor in the area of an intended thesis in order to prepare a thesis proposal. This seminar is credited as ARTH-908*.

Thesis

A thesis proposal will be presented to the Graduate Committee upon completion of the above requirements (including Language Requirement). After the proposal is approved, thesis research and writing should commence.

Travel

It should be understood that research for most Ph.D. theses will involve travel and even extended residence outside Kingston. Students are reminded that several Bader Fellowships are available each year to Ph.D. candidates in art history for thesis research in Europe. The School of Graduate Studies awards Travel Grants for Doctoral Field Research in an annual competition.