Graduate Calendar Archives: 2004 / 2005
School for Studies in Art and Culture: Art History
Note: this (Web) version reflects changes that have been made since the publication of the print edition. For a summary of the changes, see the Updates page.
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Director: Bryan Gillingham
The M.A. in Art History: Art and its Institutions encompasses Canadian/Aboriginal art history and the broader theoretical and historical concerns of an international stage. The program explores institutions of art conceived of in an expanded double meaning: as the material sites of the institutions of cultural visual memory and production - particularly those in the National Capital Region - and as the broader cultural and historical forces which mediate art practice and its conditions of production, reception, and study.
The M.A. program has a two-fold emphasis: explorations of critical and historical concerns, and practical experience. Students examine recent theoretical shifts in art history in the context of various institutions of art and are offered direct experience with collecting, exhibiting, and researching institutions in the National Capital Region. The program's dual approach trains scholars and art institution professionals to attain a critical awareness of contemporary theoretical debates, enabling them to construct new visions within the institutions they study or work.
The M.A. in Art History: Art and its Institutions has a strong practicum program in a number of the collecting, exhibiting and research institutions in and around Ottawa, and adjunct faculty from those institutions provide professional links. Owing to a wealth of repositories of objects of national origin and significance here in Ottawa, the Canadian and Aboriginal component of the program is a strength. The use of national institutions such as the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Civilization defines our broader mandate, inclusive not only of western historical ar t, but of non-western, folk, craft and popular culture. Graduates of the M.A. in Art History: Art and its Institutions will be prepared for careers in the museum, research, and heritage sectors, and for further study in Art History and related disciplines such as Cultural Mediations and Canadian Studies.
Applicants who do not qualify for direct admission to the master's program may be admitted to a qualifying-year program. Applicants who lack an Honours degree, but have a 3-year degree with an honours standing (at least B overall) will normally be admitted to a qualifying-year program. Refer to the General Regulations section of this Calendar.
Master of Arts
The minimum requirement for admission to the master's program is an Honours bachelor's degree (or the equivalent) in art history or a related discipline, with at least high honours standing. Related disciplines may include anthropology, history, and Canadian studies. Applicants without a background in art history may be required to take up to a maximum of 2.0 credits in certain designated courses from the undergraduate art history program in addition to their regular program.
The specific program requirements for students in the M.A. program are as follows:
Subject to the approval of the graduate super visor, 0.5 credit may be taken outside the Art History program. A maximum of 1.0 credit may be selected from course offerings at the 4000-level in Art History.
The student's program will be developed in consultation with the graduate supervisor and the graduate faculty of Art History, and must be approved by the graduate supervisor to assure that the program of study includes a variety of media, historical periods, and/or national or ethnic traditions outside the subject of the thesis, as determined by the supervisor. The prescribed program will take into account the student's background and special interests, and the research strengths of the Art History graduate faculty.
Full-time students normally will submit their thesis topic to the thesis proposal board no later than April 15 of the first year of registration for students enrolled full-time, and no later than the middle of the fifth term of registration for students enrolled part-time.Thesis
Regulations governing requirements for the master's thesis, including deadlines for submission, are outlined in the General Regulations section of this Calendar.
Students are required to demonstrate a reading knowledge of French (or another language to be approved by the Art History graduate supervisor).
A standing of B- or better must be obtained in each credit counted towards the master's degree.
Graduate CoursesNot all of the following courses are offered in a given year. For an up-to-date statement of course offerings for 2004-2005 and to determine the term of offering, consult the Registration Instructions and Class Schedule booklet, published in the summer and also available online at www.carleton.ca/cu/programs/sched_dates/
Course Designation System
Carleton's course designation system has been restructured. The first entry of each course description below is the new alphanumeric Carleton course code, followed by its credit value in brackets. The old Carleton course number (in parentheses) is included for reference, where applicable.