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Graduate Studies: Art History

Master of Arts degree in Art with Concentration in Art History
Certificate in Museum and Curatorial Studies

The art history graduate program prepares students with the necessary research skills and experiences to enter the professional fields of teaching, museum work, art gallery management, art consultancy, arts management, and art writing, or to continue their studies at the doctoral level at another university. A student may also pursue the Certificate Program in Museum and Curatorial Studies as a program in study itself, or in combination with a program of study directed toward the achievement of a MA or MFA (with 9 units counted for both the certificate and degree).

Goals

Our MA in Art with Concentration in Art History is centered on the following goals for student learning outcomes:

  1. Students develop a broad general knowledge of the history of art, and extensive knowledge in an area of specialization.
  2. Students become versed in historiography and methods of scholarship.
  3. Students demonstrate reading proficiency in a minimum of one foreign language.
  4. Students develop advanced abilities in undertaking, synthesizing, and effectively disseminating independent research.

Duration

Graduate degree program duration is contingent upon the number of units completed per semester, and time taken to complete Thesis. The MA degree usually is completed in 4 to 8 semesters.

Fall 2016 and After: Master of Arts degree in Art with Concentration in Art History

36 units of approved graduate and upper-division units to include:

  • 3 units AH 546 Art History Methodologies and Writing
  • 3 units AH 547 Historiography of Art History
  • 6 units approved graduate-level or upper-division Art or Art History
  • 3 units AH 694: Directed Research in Thesis Topic
  • 6 units AH 698 Thesis as culminating experience within degree program

In addition to the MA Core requirements, each MA Art History student takes 15 additional approved units according to the discipline-based tracks into which students are admitted:

Art History Track

  • 6 units AH 597 Seminar in Art History
  • 9 units approved graduate-level Art History in area of specialization

Museum Studies Track

  • 3 units AH 545A Museum and Gallery Practices
  • 3 units AH 545B Museum and Gallery Practices
  • 3 units AH 530 Introduction to Curatorial Practices
  • 3 units AH 531 History of Museums, Collections and Exhibitions
  • 3 units AH 542 Internship in Museum Studies

Advancement to Candidacy is contingent upon satisfactory completion of an approved qualifying paper, satisfying foreign language proficiency requirements, as well as meeting any additional requirements of a conditional acceptance.

At least 26 units, or 70% of the 36 required units must be in 500/600 levels, taken at CSULB. The student’s thesis committee may also approve graduate-level or upper-division courses in other CSULB departments to be used towards the degree. Transfer units are allowed on a case-by-case basis. Additional information, expectations, recommendations and guidelines for each track are included in the "School of Art Graduate Guidelines" given to each student accepted into the MA Art History Concentration.

Certificate in Museum and Curatorial Studies

The Certificate Program in Museum and Curatorial Studies is primarily directed toward graduate students in Art History and the visual arts, but does not exclude students in other fields. The specifically tracked course of study has an emphasis placed primarily on contemporary art.

A student may pursue the Certificate Program in Museum and Curatorial Studies as a program of study in itself, or in combination with a program of study directed toward the achievement of one of the department’s degrees (most commonly either in addition to, or as part of the MA in Art History). A student may, with approval of both the Museum and Curatorial Studies Program and the student’s Project or Thesis Committee, count 9-15 units of coursework toward both the degree and the certificate, depending on the students catalog year.

Admission to the program is by permission of the Museum Studies faculty and the head of the Art History Program. Applicants wishing to pursue the Certificate Program in Museum and Curatorial Studies should apply by the School of Art graduate application deadline of January 15th. Applicants will need to choose one of the following options:

  1. Pursuing the Certificate in Museum and Curatorial Studies only (18 units)
  2. Pursuing the MA in Art History (with a chosen specialization and track) plus the Certificate in Museum and Curatorial Studies (36 units from the MA + an additional 9 units = 45 units)
  3. Pursuing Museum and Curatorial Studies as a Specialization within the MA in Art History degree (36 units)

Fall 2016 and After: Requirements for the Certificate in Museum and Curatorial Studies

A total of 18 units to include:

  • 3 units AH 530 Introduction to Curatorial Practices
  • 3 units AH 531 History of Museums and Exhibitions
  • 3 units AH 545A Exhibition Practicum
  • 3 units AH 545B Exhibition Practicum
  • 6 units of Upper Division or Seminar in Art History