Doctor of Philosophy in Art History (PhD)

Quick Facts

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Subject
Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Full-time
Specialization
Art History
Program Components
Dissertation
Faculty
Faculty of Arts
 

Overview

Students in the PhD in Art History program are encouraged to situate art in its historical context, to analyze its impact on the world around us, and to develop theoretical frameworks that contribute to critical thinking and engage with debates in the field.

The PhD program opens with the rigorous two-term required Methodology seminar led by two professors who are specialists in divergent areas. Seminar offerings within the Department are broad and diverse, and students are encouraged to take seminar coursework outside the Department as well. This typically provides our students with ways of complementing their art history courses either by pursuing their specialization or by extending the scope of their studies. We have well-established links with Social Geography, History, Anthropology, Women's Studies, the Institute of European Studies, the Institute of Asian Research, the Latin American Institute, and First Nations Studies, amongst others.

 

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Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100
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21
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21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

Alumni on Success

Asato Ikeda

Job Title
Assistant Professor
Employer
Fordham University

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,600.60$2,811.98
Tuition per year$4,801.80$8,435.94
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
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Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20162015201420132012
Applications17121063
Offers43453
New registrations33442
Total enrolment2833353211

Completion Rates & Times

Based on 5 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 5.33 years and the maximum time is 8.00 years with an average of 6.83 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 12 July 2017]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 29 September 2017].

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Adriasola Munoz, Ignacio Alberto (investigates responses by artists and intellectuals to the crisis of aesthetic and political representation triggered by the failed protests against the US-Japan Security Treaty of 1960, and in particular their reliance on depictions of the sexual and geographical margins in their articulation of an aesthetics of political disaffection.)
  • Claxton, Dana (film, video, photography, single- and multi-channel video installation, and performance art)
  • Gu, Xiong (Fine Art. Transcultural identity and hybridity. Through the critical angle of visual art, my work encompasses other elements such as sociology, geography, economics, politics, literature; and finally, the dynamics of globalisation, local culture and individual identity shifts. These shifts do not merely constitute a simple amalgamation of two original subjects, but instead, seek to create an entirely new space., Installation, painting, drawing, photography, contemporary art theory)
  • Hacker, Katherine (relationships between visual culture, social practice, and cultural politics and are informed by postcolonial theory and cultural studies)
  • James, Gareth (histories of iconoclasm in which the social divisions and inequities that mark and delimit artistic practice are registered most emphatically)
  • Knicely Guilbaut, Carol (visual in relation to: monasticism; religious, political and social aspects of pilgrimage; social and political conflict; cultural attitudes about death and concepts of the afterlife; gender roles; changing forms of religious devotion; the role of violence and the role of humour (sometimes encountered together, as in the carnivalesque); debates around oppositions between high and low in culture, sacred and profane, literate and illiterate, ecclesiastical and lay, spectacle and ritual, early feudal culture vs. the courtly cultures of the later Middle Ages; Books of Hours and concepts about the structure of the world and the universe in the Middle Ages; )
  • Mansoor, Jaleh (twentieth-century European art, Marxism, Marxist feminism, and critical theory)
  • Monteyne, Joseph (Contemporary art, independent magazine culture)
  • Pina, Manuel (Images)
  • Prince, Richard (contemporary Canadian art; sculpture; 20th-century art (European, North American); contemporary Canadian art; British Columbia art, Assumptions about conventional images of the landscape and proposes unique, often mechanical or electronic solutions for its representation)
  • Roy, Marina (Intersection between materials, history, language, and ideology)
  • Ryan, Maureen (18th and 19th century Europe and Noth America History Politics of culture issues, colionalism, national identity, gender and race)
  • Salgirli, Saygin (architecture of fourteenth-century Bursa, the first Ottoman capital)
  • Silver, Erin (queer and feminist art, visual culture, performance, and activism)
  • Smith, Tai (politics of mediation, gender, labor, and economy, Smith)
  • Soussloff, Catherine (Art, Art History, European Art, Performance Art, Performance Studies, Art Theory, Aesthetics, Philosophy of art, historiography and theory of European art)
  • Watson, D (Contemporary Canadian art, art issues and art theory)
  • Zeigler, Barbara (Visual Art (Print Media, Printmaking, Drawing, Installation Art, Video, and Collaborative/Public Art), Environmental Politics, Animal Studies, BC Salmon Populations )

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Marcia Violet Crosby
    "Dr. Crosby studied 19th century Salish Passion Plays - a public form of live religious theatre. Her findings revealed that local and global news coverage of these plays indicated an overlap with religious and secular practices of First Nations and that Indigenous leaders exploited this media interest and inter-cultural exchange for political benefit." (May 2017)
  • Dr. Vytas George Narusevicius
    "Dr. Narusevicius investigates Conceptual artists and their practices by focusing on the link with educational institutions, student protest movements, and a desire for autonomy in the 1960s and early 1970s. It is through an analysis of the relationship between Conceptual art and the various notions of autonomy that this research provides a deeper insight and understanding of Conceptual art." (November 2016)
  • Dr. Yanlong Guo
    "Dr. Guo studied how consumers interacted with metal mirrors during Han dynasty China. He argues that these mirrors served as a dominant form of affordable luxury, signaling personal intimacies, monetary wealth, and aesthetic enjoyments. His work increases our historical understanding of early imperial art and economics." (November 2016)
  • Dr. Joan Paula Boychuk
    "Dr. Boychuk studied the art of 16th-century Europe, with a focus on the works of Joris Hoefnagel. She demonstrated how Hoefnagel used illumination to attain a position of prominence at the courts of the Holy Roman Empire. Her research challenges established views of early modern illumination and adds to the scholarship on Central European art. " (November 2016)
  • Dr. Michael Trevor Coughlin
    "Dr. Coughlin analyzed works of painting and architecture in the 16th-century Veneto to demonstrate the operation of prudence in visual realms. By evaluating how pictorial and architectural representations often substituted for written interpretations, he considers the crucial role visual imagery played in philosophical debates at the time." (May 2016)
 

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