The Master of Arts in Art History & Visual Studies prepares students with the course work, language skills, and research experience needed for further graduate study or work in arts organizations and educational settings. The curriculum is structured to provide both breadth and depth of inquiry through a variety of approaches to art history and, more broadly, visual studies. We recommend that courses be broadly selected to take full advantage of the multiple approaches, expertise, and insights of the faculty.
The UK SA/VS Art History & Visual Studies program is predominately devoted to modern and contemporary art and visual culture, viewed from both Western and non-Western perspectives. Faculty specialize in contemporary, modern, 19th-century European, Asian, and African art and visual culture as well as ancient Roman/early Christian/early medieval art and visual culture. The relatively small size of the M.A. program, the richness of available resources, and the dedication of its faculty enable students to tailor their program of study to particular needs while simultaneously attaining a strong general grounding in the discipline. Campus resources include the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center, the Special Collections of the M. I. King Library, the W.T. Young Library, the UK Art Museum, the School of Art & Visual Studies’ Visual Resources Office, and the Bolivar Art Gallery.
Experience suggests that applicants from a wide variety of educational backgrounds may earn a MA degree in Art History & Visual Studies. It is recommended that those without an undergraduate art history major consult with the art history & visual studies graduate advisor before applying. Depending on one’s prior preparation, some students may be required to take selected preparatory courses that will not count toward the graduate degree requirements.
|CV Upload Required||Yes|
|CV Instructions||Word document or PDF upload|
|Personal Statement Upload Required||Yes|
|Personal Statement Instructions||Word document of PDF upload. Personal statement that explains your interest in a graduate program in Art History & Visual Studies.|
|Writing Sample Upload Required||Yes|
|Writing Sample Instructions||Word document or PDF upload. Sample of research such as an undergraduate research paper.|
|Assistantship App Available*||Mail or online.|
|Assistantship App URL*||No special application form; a letter of interest for an assistantship should be submitted no later than January 1.|
|GRE or GMAT||GRE - self-reported or official score must be reported at the time of application|
|GRE Subject Test||N/A|
|Spring App Deadline||November 1|
|Summer App Deadline||Applications not accepted|
|Fall App Deadline||January 1 for those requesting consideration for an assistantship (see Assistantship App above); otherwise April 1|
|Number of Recommendations||2 Letters of Recommendation|
*Optional - you may upload a blank document, if you do not intend to apply for assistance.
Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.
Letter of Recommendations: Word document or .pdf upload. Sample of research such as an undergraduate research paper.
201C Gillis Building
Doreen Lamantia Maloney
Director of Graduate Studies
College of Fine Arts
Art & Visual Studies Building
236 Bolivar Street
Lexington, KY 40506-0090
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