Art

Art: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Arts and Science

Degree Programs

History of Art

​​MA and PhD
Fields:
Ancient
Medieval
Modern​
Renaissance and Baroque

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree prog​rams as listed below:

  1. Book History and Print Culture
    • History of Art, MA, PhD
  2. Diaspora and Transnational Studies
    • History of Art, MA, PhD
  3. Jewish Studies
    • History of Art, MA, PhD
  4. Sexual Diversity Studies
    • History of Art, MA, PhD​

Overview

The Department of Art’s graduate programs emphasize the research, writing, and teaching necessary to pursue a career in academia or museum work. The programs benefit from affiliations at the University with the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, as well as resources in Toronto including the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Contact and Address

Web: http://art.utoronto.ca/graduates
Email: Gaby Sparks at gaby.binette@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 946-3960
Fax: (416) 978-1491

Graduate Department of Art
University of Toronto
Sidney Smith Hall
Room 6037A, 100 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G3
Canada

Art: History of Art Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Anderson, Christy - BA, MA, PhD
Bear, Jordan - BA, MA, MPH, PhD
Caskey, Jill - AB, MA, MPH, PhD
Cheetham, Mark - BPhil, MA, PhD
Clarke, Joseph - PhD, PhD
Cohen, Adam - PhD
Ewald, Bjoern - AM, PhD
Fee, Sarah - PhD
Harney, Elizabeth - AB, MA, PhD
Jain, Kajri - PhD
Kaplan, Louis - AB, AM, DPhil
Kavaler, Ethan Matt - PhD
Kim, SeungJung - BS, MA, MPH, PhD, PhD
Knappett, Carl - MA, PhD (Graduate Chair)
Legge, Elizabeth MM - BA, BA, MA, PhD
Levy, Evonne - MFA, PhD
Periti, Giancarla - PhD
Purtle, Jennifer - BA, MPH, MA, PhD
Reid, Dennis - BA, MA
Ricco, John - BA, MA, PhD
Sohm, Philip - BA, MA, PhD
Syme, Alison - PhD

Members Emeriti

Eleen, Luba - BA, MA, PhD
Richardson, Douglas - BA, MA, PhD
Scavizzi, Giuseppe - PhD
Shaw, Joseph - BA, MAT, PhD
Shaw, Maria - PhD

Associate Members

Safran, Linda - PhD

Art: History of Art MA

Master of Arts​

Program Description

The MA program is a course-based and research-intensive degree designed to prepare history of art students for curatorial work, art consultation, heritage programs, cultural journalism, secondary school teaching, and doctoral research.

The MA program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Art's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Strong overall grade average in history of art and closely related subjects and at least a B+ average in recent senior art history courses. Outstanding applicants with other backgrounds may be considered.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 3.0 graduate full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • Coursework must be chosen from at least three of four fields: 1) Ancient, 2) Medieval, 3) Renaissance and Baroque, 4) Modern. No more than 2.0 FCEs may be taken in any one of the four fields

    • Courses must also be taken in at least two geographic zones: Western, East Asian, South Asian, African, etc. Courses without a specific regional focus may count toward the geographical distribution requirement if the student's final paper is on an appropriate topic.

    • The equivalent of 1.0 FCE may be taken in another graduate department (e.g., Medieval Studies, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations), subject to approval of the Department of Art and the other department concerned.

  • Reading knowledge of (normally) French, German, Italian, or Chinese; tested in the first session.

  • Orientation to Art Historical Research Methods, a mandatory workshop for new students, must be taken in Year 1.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
6 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

Art: History of Art PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The PhD program is designed to prepare history of art students for college and university teaching, museum curatorships, and other research positions.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of two routes: 1) following completion of an appropriate MA or 2) direct entry after completing a BA.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Art's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Minimum A- average in the MA program.

  • Students without an MA in Art from the University of Toronto may be required to complete at least 1.0 additional full-course equivalent (FCE).

  • Reading knowledge of two languages, normally including French, German, Italian, or Chinese.

  • Students unable to meet language requirements for particular courses may be refused admission to courses; enrolment in Fall courses is limited and subject to instructor's approval.

  • Acceptance is limited to students who propose theses corresponding to research expertise of faculty. See faculty research profiles.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete at least 3.0 full-course equivalent (FCEs) of graduate courses as follows:

    • FAH 5000Y Comprehensive Examinations and Dissertation Topic Reading Course (1.0 FCE; credit/no credit) with the student's interim supervisor to prepare for the comprehensive examinations.

    • Coursework must be chosen from at least three of the following fields: 1) Ancient, 2) Medieval, 3) Renaissance and Baroque, 4) Modern.

    • Coursework must also be taken in at least two geographic zones: Western, East Asian, South Asian, African, etc.). Courses without a specific regional focus may count toward the geographical distribution requirement if the student's final paper is on an appropriate topic.

    • FAH 1001H Methods of Art History (0.5 FCE), a departmental methodology course, must be taken in Year 1. With departmental approval, credit may be given for a research methodology course taken previously at the University of Toronto or elsewhere.

  • Orientation to Art Historical Research Methods, a mandatory workshop for new students, must be taken in Year 1.

  • At the end of Years 1 and 2, students' progress will be reviewed to ensure that they have made satisfactory progress through the program; this includes maintaining full-time status with a GPA of at least A- and completion of all language requirements.

  • Students must pass examinations in two languages (normally including German, French, Italian, or Chinese) by the end of Year 2, if they have not already done so in the MA. The appropriate languages will be set by the interim supervisor in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, and additional languages may be required depending on the research needs of the student's dissertation topic.

  • Within Years 1 and 2, students complete coursework and language requirements and secure a prospective supervisor with whom they will discuss plans for the comprehensive examinations.

  • Also within Years 1 and 2, students must take a three-part comprehensive examination: 1) the first part focusing on one of the four fields, 2) the second on the dissertation field, and 3) the third (oral) discussing the first two.

    • The exam consists of an in-house written section, a take-home essay, and an oral exam.

    • The student will meet with the Examination Committee (normally made up of at least three members of the department, one of whom will be the prospective dissertation supervisor), in order to define the areas of the examination, the length of study, and such readings and special topics as deemed appropriate.

    • If a student fails the comprehensive examinations, one further attempt is allowed, no more than three months later. A second failure results in the immediate removal of the student from the program.

  • Immediately following successful completion of comprehensive examinations, students must formally establish their PhD Advisory Committee. This will include the faculty member acting as the dissertation supervisor, and two other graduate faculty members. These arrangements must be approved by the department's Graduate Program Committee.

  • Working with the PhD Advisory Committee, the student will develop a detailed proposal for their research, to be submitted 3 months after the successful completion of their comprehensive exam. The length and specific nature of the proposal will be determined by the Advisory Committee and the PhD student. The drafted proposal must be approved, first by the Advisory Committee, and then by the Director of Graduate Studies.

  • At some point during the dissertation stage, students will present their work to the faculty and students in an appropriate format and at a time to be determined by the supervisor in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Art's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants with a BA who have an exceptionally strong academic record; minimum grade average of A- in art history and humanities courses in the last two years.

  • Reading knowledge of two languages, normally including French, German, Italian, or Chinese.

  • Students unable to meet language requirements for particular courses may be refused admission to courses; enrolment in Fall courses is limited and subject to instructor's approval.

  • Acceptance is limited to students who propose theses corresponding to research expertise of faculty. See faculty research profiles.

Program Requirements 

  • Coursework. Students must complete at least 5.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in art history as follows:

    • FAH 1001H Methods of Art History (0.5 FCE), a departmental methodology course, must be taken within Years 1 and 2. With departmental approval, credit may be given for a research methodology course taken previously at the University of Toronto or elsewhere.

    • FAH 5000Y Comprehensive Examinations and Dissertation Topic Reading Course (1.0 FCE; credit/no credit) must be taken in Year 2 with the student's interim supervisor to prepare for the comprehensive examinations.

    • Students must maintain an average grade of at least an A-.

    • In Years 1 and 2, students take a maximum of five courses in their declared area of interest. The other four (or more) courses must be in three of the following fields: (1) Ancient, (2) Medieval, (3) Renaissance and Baroque, or (4) Modern.

    • Courses without a specific regional focus may count toward the geographical distribution requirement if the student's final paper is on an appropriate topic.

  • Orientation to Art Historical Research Methods, a mandatory workshop for new students, must be taken in Year 1.

  • At the beginning of Year 3, students' progress will be reviewed to ensure that they have made satisfactory progress through the program; this includes maintaining full-time status with a GPA of at least A- and completion of all language requirements.

  • Students must pass examinations in two languages (normally including German, French, Italian, or Chinese) by the end of Year 2. Students focusing on Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance and Baroque will normally be expected to pass the examination in German as one of their two languages. The appropriate languages will be set by the interim supervisor in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, and additional languages may be required depending on the research needs of the student's dissertation topic. Language requirements must be completed prior to approval of the dissertation proposal.

  • Within the first three years, students must take a three-part comprehensive examination: 1) the first part focusing on one of the four fields, 2) the second on the dissertation field, and 3) the third (oral) discussing the first two.

    • The exam consists of an in-house written section, a take-home essay, and an oral exam.

    • Upon the completion of all coursework, PhD students must seek out and secure the participation of a prospective supervisor with whom they will discuss plans for the comprehensive examinations.

    • The student will meet with the Examination Committee (normally made up of at least three members of the department, one of whom will be the prospective dissertation supervisor) in order to define the areas of the examination, the length of study, and such readings and special topics as deemed appropriate.

    • If a student fails the comprehensive examinations, one further attempt is allowed, no more than three months later. A second failure results in the immediate removal of the student from the program.

  • Immediately following successful completion of comprehensive examinations, students must formally establish their PhD Advisory Committee. This will include the faculty member acting as the dissertation supervisor, and two other graduate faculty members. These arrangements must be approved by the department's Graduate Program Committee.

  • Working with the PhD Advisory Committee, the student will develop a detailed proposal for their research, to be submitted 3 months after the successful completion of their comprehensive exam. The length and specific nature of the proposal will be determined by the Advisory Committee and the PhD student. The drafted proposal must be approved, first by the Advisory Committee, and then by the department's Director of Graduate Studies.

  • At some point during the dissertation stage, students will present their work to the faculty and students in an appropriate format and at a time to be determined by the supervisor in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies.

Program Length

5 years (some students may take longer to complete the program)

Time Limit

7 years

Art: History of Art MA, PhD Courses

Not all courses are offered each year. Check the departmental website for course availability under the current timetable.

Methods

​FAH 1001H
Methods of ​Art History​

Ancient

​FAH 2017H 
​Art and Archaeology of the ​Everyday
​FAH 2018H
Art and the Aegean Bronze Age: Contemporary Perspectives​
​FAH 2021H
Myth and Fantasy in Roman Painting​
FAH​​ 2022H
​The Rhetoric of Space: Space as a Categorical Concept in Critical Histories of Art
​FAH 2023H
Mind and Materiality: Views from Art History and Archaeology​
​FAH 2025H
​Visual Narrative and Time in Ancient Greek and Roman Art
​FAH 2026H
​Myth into Art: Myth and Visual Narrative in Antiquity
​FAH 2027H
​Women and Gender in Ancient Greece
​​FAH 2028H
Art and the Philosophy of Time​​​
FAH 2029H The Art of Perception
​FAH 2034H
​Topics in Roman Imperial Art

Medieval

​FAH 1114H
​Multicultural Arts of Medieval Sicily
​FAH 1118H
​The Medieval Treasury
​​FAH 1119H
​Global Medieval Art in China
​FAH 1121H
12th-Century Renaissance?​
​FAH 1123H
​The Art of the Medieval Book
​​​FAH 1125H
​Medieval Pilgrimage Art and Architecture
​FAH 1126H
​Exceptional Cities of the Middle Ages
​FAH 1127H
Early Medieval Art​​​
FAH 1175H Early Islamic Architecture: 7th-10th c.

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

Renaissance and Baroque​​​​

​​FAH 1201H
​Art, Space, and Ritual in Renaissance Convents
​FAH 1202H
​​Correggio and the Problem of Italian Renaissance Art
​FAH 1203H
​Art and Monasticism in Renaissance Italy
​FAH 1204H
The Cassinese Art of Reform in Renaissance Italy​
​FAH 1205H
​Early Modern Intermediality
​FAH 1221H
Inside the Painter's Studio​
​FAH 1224H
Renaissance in Miniature​
​FAH 1226H
Architecture and Alchemy Before Modernism​
​FAH 1229H
​Architecture of the Global Renaissance
​FAH 1231H
Northern Renaissance Sculpture​
​FAH 1245H
Pieter Bruegel and Netherlandish Sixteenth-Century Painting​
​FAH 1249H
Margaret of Austria and the Renaissance in the Netherlands​
​FAH 1288H
Gianlorenzo Bernini​​
​FAH 1299H
Heinrich Wö​lfflin's Principles of Art History (1915) @ 100: A Worldwide Reception History​

Modern

​FAH 1410H
Artwriting, Past and Present​
FAH 1411H Art and Analogy
​FAH 1456H
​Theories of Photographic Manipulation: Prehistories to Pictorialism
​​FAH 1458H
​Viewing History: The Visual Experience of the Past, 1750–1900​
​​FAH 1459H
​Photography, Illusion, and Knowledge in 19th-Century Europe
​FAH 1462H
​Photography and Scientific Representation in the 19th Century
FAH 1464H The Recalcitrant Icon
​FAH 1471H
​The Aesthetics of Democracy​
FAH 1476H Surrealism and Art
​​FAH 1478H
Art and Animation​
​FAH 1481H
​Automotive Affects
​FAH 1482H
​The Time of ​Art History
​FAH 1486H
​Bloomsbury and Vorticism
​​​FAH 1500H
​Augmented Reality Art
​FAH 1520H
Photography and Modernism​
FAH 1755H Architecture and the Project of Industrial Modernity
FAH 1756H Acoustic Space
​FAH 1800H
​James Wilson Morrice
​FAH 1801H
Portraiture in Canada: 1750–1870​
​FAH 1870H
​Recent Canadian Art in International Perspective
​FAH 1920H
Primitivism to Gl​obalism: Theories of Otherness in Modern and Contemporary Arts​
​FAH 1921H
GeoAesthetics​
FAH 1934H Cosmopolitan/Comparative Modernisms
​​FAH 1935H
​Contemporary Art Practices and the Modernist Archive
FAH 1936H The Retro-Modern and the Time of the Contemporary
​FAH 1940H
​Photography and Humour
​FAH 1951H
​Contemporary Chinese Art and its Discontents
​FAH 1956H
​Can Art History Speak Chinese?

​Reading Courses

​FAH 3000H,Y
​Special ​Studies in History of Art (only 1.0 FCE with this prefix is permitted in any one degree program)
​FAH 3011H
Readings in Ancient Art​​
​FAH 3012H
Readings in Medieval Art​
​FAH 3013H
​Readings in Renaissance and Baroque Art
​FAH 3014H
​Readings in Modern and Contemporary Art
​FAH 5000Y
​Comprehensive Examinations and Dissertation Topic Reading Course

Undergraduate/Graduate Courses

Periodically, the department may offer fourth-year undergraduate courses that have been recognized for graduate credit. Please visit the departmental website and discuss with the Graduate Coordinator.

Relevant Courses in Other Departments

​EAS 1229H
Topics in Chinese Aesthetics​
​EAS 1339H
Topics in Chinese Art Theories​
​MSL 2240H
The Photographic Record​
​NMC 2500H
​Early Islamic Art and Architecture
​NMC 2521H
​The Taj Mahal and Its Origins​
​NMC 2526H
Text and Image: The Formation of Arabic and Persian Manuscript Illustration​​