Art & Design

Master’s Degrees in the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture

The MA program is relatively small to ensure that students receive close individual attention and support. Students work with professors in their arenas of historical interest and with the HADVC Graduate Program Advisor to explore and expand their particular path of intellectual and creative endeavour.


Students may enroll in either the course-based or the thesis-based MA program.

Course-based MA:

The course-based MA program typically requires 8 courses, including a capstone, which may be taken over a period of one to four years through either full or part time enrollment. The course-based program is recommended for those students who wish to explore art history in relation to unique professional and scholarly goals.

For more information and policies about the course-based Master’s program, click here.

Thesis-based MA:

The thesis-based MA program typically requires 6 courses over two academic years of full-time enrollment. The thesis-based program is recommended for those students who plan to move on to doctoral study, curatorial practice, professional arts writing, and other writing-intensive professions.

For more information and policies about the thesis-based Master’s program, click here.

For information on making an application, click here.