Carleton’s MA program is unique in Canada in its unrivalled ability to combine classroom work with on-site training at national museums and related institutions. Our program focuses on visual culture and critical approaches, including the study of art’s institutional contexts and engaging the dynamic nature of art history at the turn of the 21st century.
A collaborative specialization in Digital Humanities is also available.
The MA in Art History encourages students to access the wealth of cultural resources in the National Capital Region, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and Library and Archives Canada. We use these institutions to teach our students to engage critically with extraordinary works of non-Western and Western civilizations. Our practicum program places students on-site in relevant institutions to prepare them for future careers in Ottawa and elsewhere in the cultural sector.
Faculty Research Highlights
- Aboriginal art and collecting practices
- Asian art and transnational theory
- Canadian visual culture including the history and theory of photography
- Western European visual culture including the history and theory of photography
- Museum exhibition theory and practice
- History and theory of architecture