Graduate Certificate in Art History, Criticism, and Theory (GCAHCT)
What is a Graduate Certificate?
A graduate certificate program is a set of courses (usually five, 15 credit hours) 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 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 Graduate Certificate advisor.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I apply for a Certificate in Art History, Criticism, and Theory?
Please contact the program advisor, Dr. Kevin Chua, regarding application.
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.
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 History Methods and Theories; ARTH 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 History Methods and Theories
- ARTH 5309 Theories of Contemporary Art
- ARTH 5320 Arts of Medieval Europe
- ARTH 5340 Renaissance and Baroque Art
- ARTH 5363 18th and 19th Century Art
- ARTH 5382 Modern and Contemporary Art
- 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.
How do I obtain the certificate once I've completed all the coursework?
After satisfactory completion of all the coursework in consultation with the program advisor, students must submit a separate Intent to Graduate to the Graduate School which will issue the certificate.
|ARTH 5308||annual; fall|
|ARTH 5309||annual; spring|