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Graduate Certificate
In Art History, Criticism, and Theory

What is a Graduate Certificate?
A graduate certificate program is a set of courses (usually five) that provides in-depth knowledge in a specific subject. The group of certificate courses provides a coherent knowledge base, but at a less advanced level than the set of courses in a graduate academic program such as the M.A. The graduate certificate is a means to obtain formalized credit for completion of a body of coursework. In contrast, courses completed for a minor within a degree program are credited on the transcript, but the name of the minor is not recorded. Those who complete a certificate program receive a certificate of completion, and transcripts record the certificate.

The Graduate Certificate in Art History, Criticism, and Theory
The Graduate Certificate program in Art History, Criticism, and Theory (GCAHCT) provides a knowledge base in art history and its affiliated areas of art criticism and art theory. The certificate program comprises a minimum of 15 semester hours of graduate work that includes 6 semester hours of required courses and 9 semester hours of related courses in art history and criticism chosen in consultation with the GCAHCT advisor.

Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I apply for a Certificate in Art History, Criticism, and Theory?

Application is made to both the Graduate School and to the School of Art. If the applicant is not already admitted to graduate programs, the Graduate School will examine transcripts, GPA, etc., to be certain the applicants meet criteria required for admission to graduate study. Click here to obtain the GCAHCT application to the School of Art or contact the program advisor.

Please note that graduate study beyond the Certificate requires admission to a specific degree program. This usually requires application to both a department or school and to the graduate school. Your admission to a Certificate program does not guarantee admission to a graduate degree program.

What background do I need for the Graduate Certificate in Art History?
The minimum pre-requisite (recommended) or co-requisite (completed through 'leveling') requirement is 6 semester credit hours in art history at undergraduate or graduate level. The art history faculty emphasizes that graduate study in art history requires extensive reading, research, analysis, and writing. Adequate preparation in these skills is essential for successful completion of the certificate program. If one's experience with art history isn't recent, the applicant should consult with the certificate program advisor (and, if necessary, the Graduate School) to see whether a leveling or refresher course(s) can be added to the program of study.

Art History course prefix and numbers have changed effective Fall 2011.

What courses are required for the certificate program in Art History, Criticism, and Theory?
Consultation with the program advisor and instructor is crucial when selecting courses that suit individual interests and that fulfill program requirements: some courses mentioned below can be taken for credit when offered with different topics. Students in the certificate program must take two of the following three courses: ARTH 5308 (ART 5316) Art Theory and Criticism; ARTH 5309 (ART 5309) Theories of Contemporary Art; ART 5340 Transdisciplinary Approaches to Issues in the Arts (to count toward the Certificate, enrollment in ART 5340 must be approved by the program advisor)

What elective courses can I take for the certificate program in Art History, Criticism, and Theory?
Consultation with the program advisor and instructor is crucial when selecting courses that suit individual interests and that fulfill program requirements: several courses mentioned below can be taken for credit when offered with different topics. Students then complete the program with three courses (not already counted) chosen from the following list: ARTH 5305 Topics in Art History; ARTH 5308 (ART 5316) Art Theory and Criticism; ARTH 5309 (ART 5309) Theories of Contemporary Art; ARTH 5320 (ART 5318) Arts of Medieval Europe; ARTH 5335 (ART 5315) Arts of the Pre-Columbian and Native Americas; ARTH 5340 (ART 5317) Renaissance and Baroque Art; ARTH 5363 (ART 5313) 18th and 19th Century Art; ARTH 5382 (ART 5319) Modern and Contemporary Art; or ART 5340 Transdisciplinary Approaches to Issues in the Arts (must be approved by program advisor);

I am completing a minor in art history as part of my current degree program. Do I need to take 5 courses in addition to my minor in order to obtain the certificate?
No--courses completed as requirements for another program, e.g., a minor field of study, can be applied toward the certificate.

What are the administrative steps involved in getting the Graduate Certificate in Art History, Theory, and Criticism?
1) Admission to the Graduate School and to the GCAHTC.
2) In consultation with the student, the program advisor files a 'certificate plan' with the Graduate School. This lists the courses that will be required for completion of the Certificate, including any required 'leveling.'
3) The student files with the Graduate School an 'Intent' to complete the Certificate.

How do I obtain the certificate once I've completed all the coursework?
The Graduate School issues the certificate after the three steps above and when all courses have been completed satisfactorily.

Course Availability

Course
Frequency
ARTH 5305
irregular
ARTH 5308
annual; fall
ARTH 5309
annual; spring
ARTH 5320
biennial
ARTH 5335
biennial
ARTH 5340
irregular
ARTH 5363
biennial
ARTH 5382
annual
Faculty
Carolyn Tate
Carolyn Tate, Ph.D.
Professor
Advisor


Kevin Chua
Kevin Chua, Ph.D.
Associate Professor



Constance Cortez
Constance Cortez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor



Janis Elliott
Janis Elliott, Ph.D.
Associate Professor



Brian Steele
Brian Steele, Ph.D.
Associate Professor



Esen Ogus

Esen Öğüş, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor



Jorgelina Orfila

Jorgelina Orfila, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor