Jun 22, 2024  
2022/2023 University Catalog 
    
2022/2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art, Art History Concentration, M.A.


Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Summary of Curricula Offered

(Major Code: 10031) (SIMS Code: 660517)

Admission to the Degree Curriculum

No new students are being admitted to this program until further notice.

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the university, students wishing to be admitted to the art history graduate program with a classified graduate standing must complete the equivalent of the graduation requirements as specified in the current General Catalog (a minimum of 39 units of art history to include ART 593 ).

Students who do not meet the requirements for admission to the graduate program in art history but meet the requirements for graduate admission to the university, may, at the discretion of the art history faculty, be accepted with conditional standing.

Advancement to Candidacy

Classified graduates should contact the graduate adviser to discuss their individual graduate programs before the third week of their first semester.

Before advancement to candidacy, classified graduate students working for the Master of Arts degree with a concentration in art history must pass a qualifying examination in art history. Classified graduate students must have completed three semesters of college level French or German or, on the advice of the art history faculty, the language necessary for thesis research. Alternately, with the consent of the art history faculty, students may demonstrate a reading knowledge of the appropriate language by passing the Graduate School Foreign Language Examination (the French MLA examination is given by the Testing Services Office during the beginning of each semester; contact the School of Art and Design for permission to take the examination). The language requirement must be met before the add/drop date of the student’s first semester as a classified graduate student, or the student must enroll for appropriate language courses.

Specific Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree

In addition to meeting the requirements for classified graduate standing and the basic requirements for the master’s degree as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees , students must complete a graduate program of a minimum of 30 units which includes at least 24 units in art from courses listed below as acceptable for master’s degree programs in art, of which at least 16 units must be in 600- and 700-numbered courses.

Required Courses


No new students are being admitted to this program until further notice.

A written thesis is required as fulfillment of ART 799A . Master’s candidates in art history will also be required to give an open lecture on their thesis subject, to be scheduled with the approval of the thesis chair.

Those electing art history must complete at least 15 units from the 600- and 700-numbered courses to include

Students May Select Up to 15 Units


Students may select up to 15 units of 500-level courses in art, 12 units of which must be in art history and approved by the graduate adviser. The additional three units must be selected in consultation with the graduate adviser, to include

Thesis and Projects in Art


The project required for the Master of Arts degree with a concentration in studio arts and the Master of Fine Arts degree is an original body of creative artwork accompanied by a written report. Written reports accepted in satisfaction of a requirement for the master’s degree are cataloged and maintained in the SDSU library. A softbound copy of the report accompanying a master’s thesis exhibition must be provided by the candidate and will be retained in the School of Art and Design graduate advising office.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Summary of Curricula Offered