York University - Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies
Office of Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box GA2300, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
Canada M3J 1P3

Art History & Visual Culture

Program Information
Faculty: Graduate Studies
Degree: Doctorate
Field of Study: Art History, Criticism and ConservationVisual and Performing Arts, General
Description York’s PhD in Art History and Visual Culture, inaugurated in 2008, offers a dynamic and flexible course of study. The program prepares its graduates for career choices in academia or the cultural sector by refining critical, scholarly and teaching skills. These objectives are achieved through a combination of formal course work, comprehensive exams, independent research (to be disseminated through a range of publication and exhibition activities), residencies, graduate assistantships, and teaching opportunities. The doctoral program in Art History and 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. The fields of specialization include: Canadian and Aboriginal Art, Curatorial and Museological Studies, Architectural Studies, and Modern and Contemporary Art.
Website: Art History & Visual Culture at York University - Graduate Studies
Cost per year:

Cost per year is for the 2017-2018 academic year and includes tuition and supplementary fees.
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 600] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7.5]

A minimum of two languages: English and one other, which is usually French. The minimum TOEFL score for the program is 600 for paper based and 250 computer based or students may demonstrate their English language proficiency by completing YELT with a score of 1. Upon admission to the program, the students are asked to complete a translation exam in French. For most students, particularly those with a focus in Canadian art, this is the most suitable second language. However, the graduate director, supervisor and student may jointly agree that the translation exam should be set in another language. If they pass the exam, students have satisfied their second language requirement. If they do not pass the exam and their chosen language is French, they are required to enrol in and complete two half year 3-credit, French language courses designed specifically for graduate students at York University [Faculty of Graduate Studies 5712 3.0: Reading French for Special Purposes (Elementary) and 5713 3.0: Reading French for Special Purpose (Intermediate)]. If they do not pass the exam and their second language is not French, the student and the graduate director will jointly decide on either a language course or self-study towards a second translation exam as York does not currently offer specifically designed reading courses for graduate students in languages other than French. In the event that a third language is deemed necessary for the proposed research project, the student and the graduate director will jointly decide on either a language course or self-study towards a translation exam.

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
Applicants for admission should hold a master’s degree in art history or a relevant discipline from a recognized university with a minimum A- average. This requirement may be waived if the student has had a long period of significant professional activity.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Last Updated: November 17, 2017