MA Program \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \
Pierre Alexis Delamair and Germain Boffrand, Hôtel de Rohan-Soubise, 1704-1707, Paris.
The MA in Art History
With three full-time, two part-time, and several affiliated faculty, we are currently the only program in the Northern Rocky Mountains able to offer students an innovative curriculum that fosters a critical understanding of the production of art and its environment from the ancient world to the present. While maintaining a commitment to rigorous historical research, we work beyond the traditional boundaries of Art History to explore new perspectives arising from intercultural exchanges, interdisciplinary approaches, and theoretical inquiries. Faculty have extensive experience in field, museum, and archival research, a strong record of scholarly publications, and strong backgrounds in theory and methods. We prepare graduate students for careers in academic instruction, art administration, and art criticism.
Students may pursue studies in the following areas:
* Ancient Greek and Roman Civilization * Ancient to Contemporary China
* Medieval Western Europe * Ancient Meso-America
* Renaissance Italy and Northern Europe * Colonial to Modern America
* Baroque Italy and Northern Europe * Decorative Arts
* Rococo and Neoclassical France and Britain * Early Modern Print Culture
* Modern Europe and the United States * Museum Studies
* Contemporary Europe and the United States * Critical Theory and Methods
The program is supported by the Art History Graduate Offices, the Visual Resources Collection, the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, the Roland R. Renne Library, and the Museum of the Rockies. Students participate regularly in departmental symposia with the expectation that they will become informed and effective writers and speakers.
We welcome inquiries and applications from students who have an academic background in art history or a broad spectrum of the humanities and social sciences. Candidates should have the motivation to learn to read a foreign language, to employ analytical structures, and to make timely progress through the two-year program. At the time of application, all graduate MA candidates are expected to have completed at least 30 units of undergraduate instruction in art history or a related field in the humanities, together with two years of foreign language.
Art History Faculty
Todd Larkin, Associate Professor Art History – Baroque to Impressionism
Regina Gee, Associate Professor Art History – Greek and Roman Antiquity
Melissa Ragain, Assistant Professor Art History – Modern and Contemporary, Art Criticism
Dede Taylor, Adjunct Faculty – World Civilizations, Iberian Peninsula
Harvey Hamburgh, Emeritas Faculty – Renaissance and Modern Art, Narrative Film
How to Apply
The M.A. Program welcomes applications from all those interested in seeking an advanced degree in Art History. No more than eight students are accepted each year to a thirty-two unit program that emphasizes focused study of cultural production from ancient times to the present and interdisciplinary connections with collateral departments in the Colleges of Arts & Architecture and Letters and Sciences. Art History faculty meet twice a year to read and assess applications, with a particular sensitivity to the students’ work and professional goals.
All materials must be postmarked by March 15 or October 15 for full consideration.
The application consists of a standardized form and processing fee required by the university as well as individual writings and documents required by the department.
- You can complete the standardized form on line; please go the Graduate School homepage at http://www.montana.edu/gradschool/apply.html
- A non-refundable application fee of $60 is required for all applicants.
In addition to completing the application and paying the application fee, candidates for admission to the Art History M.A. Program must send the following materials to: Art History Graduate Committee, School of Art, 213 Haynes Hall, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717-3680
- A letter of intent
- One writing sample
- Official undergraduate transcripts
- GRE scores
- Three letters of recommendation
International applicants must also include an official English proficiency exam score report and a completed and signed Financial Certificate; please see http://www.montana.edu/international/admissions/docs/graduatefinancialcertificate.pdf for complete details.
Candidates are responsible for ensuring that all requisite application materials are postmarked by March 15 or October 15.
Guidelines: The faculty consider the letter of intent and the writing sample to be among the most important parts of the application. The letter should describe your preparation for the program, academic interests, and professional goals. The most useful statements are those that present an intellectual portrait of the applicant, an account of the issues the applicant now finds engaging, and the program of study the candidate envisions for him/herself at MSU. The writing sample should be a substantial essay, ideally a seminar paper or senior thesis, that demonstrates the candidate’s potential for advanced work in the discipline.
Letters of recommendation are most helpful when they speak of the applicant’s academic and professional achievements in Art History or related fields such as History, Literature, Foreign Language, and potential for graduate study. Letters from professors or curators are generally far more effective than those from counselors, employers, or friends.
Many graduate students receive teaching assistantships and fee waivers to help defray the cost of graduate study. However, financial aid is available to graduate students who show evidence of financial need. While such assistance may take various forms, most graduate students receive aid through loans or the work/study program.
For further information, consult the Graduate School on-line at http://www.montana.edu/gradschool/ and contact the Financial Aid Office (located on the lower floor of the Strand Union Building, MSU) at (406)994-2845.
Assistantships are awarded annually on a competitive basis; all interested students, including current TAs, must apply for the new academic year. Teaching assistantships are awarded in the spring for the following academic year. Teaching assistantships carry with them tuition waivers. Tuition waivers cover tuition only. Fees such as registration, building, computer equipment, insurance, etc. are not covered by the waiver.
In addition to teaching assistantships, advanced graduate students may be offered the opportunity to design and teach a summer course.
Student should seek out a variety of the professional experience available to them. Students are encouraged to pursue internships or independent projects with:
- The Emerson Cultural Center, www.theemerson.org
- The Museum of the Rockies, www.museumoftherockies.org
- The Story Mansion, www.friendsofthestory.org
- Multidisciplinary Graduate Symposium
- PECHA KUCHA Night at the Ellen
- Chili Bowl Sale, November 12 – 13, 11 am – 2 pm
- SPAM Goes to Salt Lake City for the Rocky Mountain Printmakers Association Symposium, “Public Gestures”
- Chinese Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art: New Horizons and Basement Excavations