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O que eu aprenderei?

The Department of the History of Art at the University of California, Riverside, offers MA and Ph.D. degrees, with an emphasis on the history of art and architecture from the early modern period to the present.

The program offers interdisciplinary training across the history of art and architecture from the Middle Ages to the present, with a strong focus on the history of photography, sculpture and architecture. It concentrates on areas of cross-cultural exchange, cross-disciplinary discourse, and significant internal developments in the early modern and Renaissance period to the present in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

The curriculum is divided into three broad areas of study: pre-modern, early-modern, and modern/contemporary. Students are expected to take courses in a range of historical periods and cultural traditions within and outside their area of specialization. The program supports interdisciplinary study within the department and in conjunction with other departments, including Comparative Literature, English, Dance, History, Anthropology, Media and Cultural Studies, and Religious Studies.

The program draws on the resources of the University of California system and the many arts institutions in the Los Angeles area. It has excellent relationships with the major museums in the Los Angeles region, and is closely affiliated with the UCR/California Museum of Photography, which houses important collections of photographs, stereographs, photographic equipment, and digital projects. Collectively, the museums in the Los Angeles area provide comprehensive coverage of the arts from antiquity to the present in all parts of the world. Likewise, for a century the region has been a center for innovation in architectural design, and many landmarks of twentieth-century architecture can be found within an hour of campus. Los Angeles and the surrounding area fosters the work of many established and emerging practitioners of the arts.

The PhD Program

The PhD program is designed to be small and dynamic, with a great deal of flexibility and individual attention from the faculty. The program prepares students for positions in academia as well as other careers in the arts, such as curating and other work in museums, galleries, auction houses, and more. The department accordingly encourages internships and other practical experience outside the university as part of the training for a much broader range of professions than is offered by most programs. This is supported by teaching in the on-campus and regional collections, and by close departmental ties with the many arts institutions in Los Angeles and beyond.

Applicants may apply to the program after completing a BA or an MA in art history or a related discipline. Students entering the program with a BA take two years of coursework. The first year is devoted to seminars. In the second year, students focus on developing a field of expertise and preparing written field reviews. These serve as the basis for the more focused dissertation prospectus: a detailed plan for the dissertation presented to the department in the beginning of the third year. With the department’s acceptance of the prospectus, the student advances to candidacy, and prepares the dissertation on campus or in absentia.

Students entering the program with an MA in Art History generally advance to candidacy more quickly than those entering without an MA. This varies by student, as each transcript is examined by the graduate advisor, who may require additional coursework to make up for deficiencies. However, it is generally expected that students entering with an MA will take some coursework in the first year while also preparing the field reviews. The prospectus is thus presented to the department in the beginning of the second year.

De qual departamento farei parte?

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Opções de estudo

Período integral (2 anos)

US$32.287,86 (R$ 163.906) por ano
Data de início

22 Setembro 2022


College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

3400 HMNSS Building,

900 University Avenue,



92521, United States

Requisitos de admissão

Para estudantes do(s)/da Estados Unidos

Applicants who fulfill any one or more of the following criteria: cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher

Para estudantes internacionais

A bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited institution. The degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent in subject matter and scholarship to that offered by the University of California.

A minimum of a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or B-equivalent (if GPA is not on a 4.0 scale). We recommend that you check with the graduate program as they may have a higher standard for their GPA requirements. If your GPA is below this, follow up with the graduate program you are interested. Applications are reviewed in their entirety and the program can look at your other components and advise you on potential admission.

English Language Requirement: TOEFL - The minimum acceptable scores are: 550 for the revised TOEFL paper-delivered test and 80 for the TOEFL iBT; IELTS - The minimum acceptable overall score is 7 with no score less than 6 on any individual component.

Priority consideration for funding will be given to those who complete their applications (including all required supplemental materials) by January 5 for admission the following fall.

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