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Master of Arts in Art History and Visual Studies

Master of Arts in Art History and Visual Studies

University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky, Lexington, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
The Master of Arts in Art History & Visual Studies prepares students with the course work, language skills, and research experience needed for further graduate study or work in a museum or educational setting. The curriculum is structured to provide both breadth and depth of inquiry through a variety of approaches to art history and, more broadly, visual studies. We recommend that courses be broadly selected to take full advantage of the multiple approaches, expertise, and insights of the faculty. The relatively small size of the MA program, the richness of available resources, and the dedication of its faculty enable students to tailor their program of study to particular needs while simultaneously attaining a strong general grounding in the discipline. Campus resources include the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center, the Special Collections of the M. I. King Library, the W.T. Young Library, the UK Art Museum, the School of Art & Visual Studies’ Visual Resources Office, and the Bolivar Art Gallery. The UK SA/VS Art History & Visual Studies program is predominately devoted to modern and contemporary art and visual culture, viewed from both Western and non-Western perspectives. Faculty specialize in contemporary, modern, 19th-century European, Asian and African art and visual culture, as well as ancient Roman/early Christian/early medieval art and visual culture. Art History & Visual Studies also offers broad foundational courses in early world art, post-medieval Western art, and visual studies. Majors may choose been two different tracks depending on the students' interests - Art History or Visual Studies. The Art History track is designed for students whose primary interest is the study of the traditional high art cultures in Western and non-Western societies. The degree typically prepares students for careers in museums, galleries, and as educators. Students in this track often go on to pursue graduate work in art history. The visual studies track is more closely connected to contemporary art, society, and visual culture. It is designed to give students a broad understanding of how images impact the world we live in. Students might consider this degree as complimentary to the study of visual communication. Graduates often pursue careers in curating contemporary art and other forms of visual expression, as well as a variety of design fields in which high level critical visual skills are in high demand. Either track teaches students the fundamentals of research, to read both texts and images critically, to communicate effectively in written form about visual material, and to present orally in a clear and effective manner their research to others.