The Department of Art History offers a graduate program that explores cultural, formal, and theoretical concerns central to the visual arts. Incoming classes are kept small to ensure a close working relationship between students and professors. A particular strength of the program is the faculty's range of research interests. Academic concentrations include the art and architecture of: ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Americas; Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Europe; modern and contemporary art and architecture in Europe, the United States, and Africa. Through the department's close relationship with programs in Classics. African-American studies, African studies, women's studies, film studies, history, and comparative literature, students can readily incorporate an interdisciplinary focus into their coursework and research. The program emphasizes both broad education in the history of art and highly developed specialization. Students have the opportunity to develop teaching skills through the Teaching Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity (TATTO) program. Every incoming student is awarded financial support which covers tuition and provides a stipend for five years (subject to annual review).
In addition to the requirements listed on the Admissions page of the Laney Graduate School, the Art History Department requires a writing sample of approximately 20 pages, GRE scores no more than three years old, and TOEFL results, if applicable.
The deadline for applications for the Art History graduate program for Fall 2020 is January 1, 2020. Click here to request or download an application.
For more information, contact :
Director of Graduate Studies
Art History Department
581 S. Kilgo Circle, 133 Carlos Hall
Atlanta, GA 30322
The Michael C. Carlos Musem constitutes an invaluable resource for the graduate program in art history. Its collections include approximately 17,000 works of art from ancient Egypt and the Near East, classical Greek and Rome, the ancient Americas, Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa, as well as European and American drawings, prints, and photographs. The exhibition schedule includes major international and traveling exhibitions, in addition to smaller student-generated displays. A number of museological opportunities are available to graduate students including curatorial assistantships, directed studies, and museum internships.
The art history department maintains a relationship with the High Museum of Art in midtown Atlanta. Its collections feature European and American fine and decorative arts of the fourteenth through twentieth centuries, African art and contemporary western art. Additionally, the museum hosts several international exhibitions annually.
The Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, & Rare Book Library collects and connects stories of human experience, promotes access and learning, and offers opportunities for dialogue for all wise hearts who seek knowledge.
Pitts is internationally renowned for its rare book and archival collections. Notable rare book holdings include the following: The Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection, the largest collection of Reformation-related materials in North America; manuscript collections of John and Charles Wesley, part of one of the foremost collections of Wesleyana in the world; the Pitts hymnody and psalmody collection, the largest holdings of hymnals in North America outside of the Library of Congress; and periodicals, monographs, and archives related to African Christianity.