Art History & Visual Culture

About Program Degrees Offered and Application Requirements

The doctoral program in Art History & Visual Culture at York offers an exceptional opportunity for research, teaching and professional development within a department that is unique in terms of its resources, location, faculty and areas of interest.

In the doctoral program, each of the fields is broadly conceived and students may incorporate research on non-Western topics, minority cultural practices and interdisciplinary issues and approaches. The four fields of study represent the significant areas of teaching and research strength of York’s Art History faculty, and provide a frame within which students can pursue diverse theoretical and practical engagements in their study of art and visual culture.

The objective of the program is to prepare candidates for careers in art history and academia, as well as in publishing, curatorial practice, museology and arts administration.

  • You will have opportunities to view exhibitions in the vibrant downtown Toronto art community and attend events with international and nationally acclaimed artists, curators and theorists.
  • The program prepares its graduates for career choices in academia or the cultural sector by refining critical, scholarly and teaching skills.
  • The program is relatively small and allows graduate students to work closely with individual members of the faculty.
Stream and Specializations: 
  • Canadian and Aboriginal Art
  • Curatorial and Museological Studies
  • Architectural Studies
  • Modern and Contemporary Art.

PhD

Program Description

Program Components (including coursework)
  • Comprehensive examination(s) AND
  • Dissertation
Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 6 year(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    February 14, 2018 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 1
    YUELILevel 6 with Distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB
    Number of Recommendations Required
    3
    Other Requirement(s)
    • Resumé or CV, highlighting relevant experiences and accomplishments (i.e. skills in curating, archaeology, conservation, art publishing or work during residencies or socially engaged art projects).
    • Statement of interest
    • Written work
    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:
    Mail

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Courier

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3