Doctor of Philosophy in Art History (PhD)

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.

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

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Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100
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21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
15 October 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020
Transcript Deadline: 13 January 2020
Referee Deadline: 18 January 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020
Transcript Deadline: 13 January 2020
Referee Deadline: 18 January 2020

Funding Sources

All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $18,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships. Please note that many graduate programs provide funding packages that are substantially greater than $18,000 per year. Please check with your prospective graduate program for specific details of the funding provided to its PhD students.

Alumni on Success

Asato Ikeda

Job Title
Assistant Professor, Art History
Employer
Fordham University

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,665.26$2,925.58
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$4,995.78$8,776.74
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (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. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20182017201620152014
Applications1220171210
Offers57434
New registrations44334
Total enrolment3432283335

Completion Rates & Times

Based on 5 graduations between 2014 - 2017 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: 22 March 2019]. 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: 23 September 2018].

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)
  • James, Gareth (histories of iconoclasm in which the social divisions and inequities that mark and delimit artistic practice are registered most emphatically)
  • Khorakiwala, Ateya (Arts and Cultural Traditions, Modern Architectural History, History of Modern Landscapes and Built Environments, South Asian Art and Architecture)
  • Mansoor, Jaleh (Cultural Industries, Modernism, Twentieth Century European Art, Formalism, Marxist Feminism, Marxism and Critical Theory)
  • McGeough, Michelle (Arts and Cultural Traditions, Indigenous art history, methodologies and Two-Spirit/Indigenous queer critique)
  • Monteyne, Joseph (Arts and Technologies, Renaissance/early modern art and print culture)
  • Pina, Manuel (Images)
  • 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)
  • Shelton, Anthony (Mexican and Andean visual culture, critical museology, development of folk art, aesthetics)
  • Silver, Erin (Artist or Author Social Identity, Artistic and Literary Marginality, Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles, Social Movements, Canadian contemporary art, Queer art , Feminist art histories, Activism and visual culture, Performance studies, Movement culture)
  • Smith, Tai (Arts and Technologies, Economical Contexts, Modern and Contemporary Art and Design, Media Theory, Politics of Media and Mediation, Gender, Textiles)
  • 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. Kristen Marie Carter
    "Dr. Carter studied the role of art education after student revolt between 1968 and 1972 in the United States and France. She argued that at a moment when the traditional vehicles of activism failed, the university classroom became one place where artists and students alike could negotiate new forms of political resistance." (May 2019)
  • Dr. Jessica Karman Poon
    "Dr. Poon studied Canadian abstract painting in Toronto in the 1950s. She highlighted the artistic and practical strategies used by Toronto artists to establish themselves as the vanguard of modern painting in Canada. Her research considers the contributions made by Canadian artists towards the international world of modern art at midcentury." (November 2018)
  • Dr. Vanessa Mackenzie Parent
    "Dr. Parent studied performance art in Vienna in the 1960s. She considered it to be symptomatic of a collective trauma, rooted in the body, and tied to cultural repression and capitalist exploitation. She argues that feminist actionist Valie Export's work exposed women as the disavowed worker body, which exacerbated fragmented social ties." (November 2018)
  • Dr. Heather Diane Muckart
    "Dr. Muckart examined a series of sixteenth and seventeenth-century Church of England martyr portraits. Her study demonstrates how these prints and paintings emerged from and engaged with early modern conceptualizations of the English nation." (November 2018)
  • Dr. Kyoung Yong Lee
    "Dr. Lee examined the work of American photographers who arranged multiple photographs in sequence beginning in the late 1960s. He then revealed how their work influenced the practice and discourse of photography in France over subsequent decades." (November 2018)
 
 

September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
15 October 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
10 January 2020
International Applicant Deadline
10 January 2020
 

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