Doctor of Philosophy in Art History (PhD)

Quick Facts

Doctor of Philosophy
Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Art History
Program Components
Faculty of Arts


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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Alumni on Success

Asato Ikeda

Job Title
Assistant Professor
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)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

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.

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Silver, Erin (queer and feminist art, visual culture, performance, and activism)
  • 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)

September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
15 October 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
10 January 2018
International Applicant Deadline
10 January 2018

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