"I have no doubt that the exceptional way in which the Department’s faculty combine professional and academic training was instrumental in my finding a tenure-track position during the final year of my doctoral studies.” Erin Morton, PhD ‘09, Assistant Professor, University of New Brunswick
"Choosing the Department of Art at Queen’s University to pursue doctoral studies in Art History was one of the best decisions I have ever made” John Potvin,PhD ‘05, Associate Professor, University of Guelph
The M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Art History offer advanced training in the study of visual and material culture from the Middle Ages to the present. The Queen’s Art History program is strongly committed to mentoring and training graduate students in a variety of interdisciplinary approaches, methodologies, and issues, including the technical examination of art, gender studies, critical theory, cultural representation and the relationships among art, literature, and science.
Students have the opportunity to receive credits for specific courses for time spent in Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the ROM and the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. The Bader Fellowship allows Ph.D. students to research in Europe. Other opportunities depend on the topic and funding available.
Career paths – employment opportunities
- Academic and teaching appointments
- Museum, curatorial and cultural policy positions
- Writing and publishing
- Commercial Galleries and Auction Houses
M.A.: 2 years
Ph.D.: 4 years
Method of Completion
M.A: Course work, demonstration of a reading knowledge of an appropriate second language, thesis or major research paper
Ph.D.:Course work, demonstration of a reading knowledge of an appropriate second language, thesis or major research paper
New M.A. students must choose a supervisor during the second term of study. Ph.D. candidates must have a supervisor in place before applying.
- Gauvin Alexander Bailey: 16th-18th century Southern and Central European arts and their international diffusion in Latin America and Asia
- Una Roman D’Elia: Southern European Renaissance and Baroque painting, sculpture and architecture
- Stephanie Dickey: Dutch and Flemish art of the 17th century
- Janice Helland: Late 19th-century British and Irish arts and crafts and cottage crafts
- Cathleen Hoeniger: Italian Renaissance Painting, and the History of Conservation and Heritage Preservation
- Lynda Jessup: Canadian visual culture and Museum Representation
- Allison Morehead: French, Scandinavian, and German Art of 19th and early 20th centuries.
- Matthew Reeve: Medieval art and architecture in Northern Europe
- Clive Robertson: Interests in Canadian contemporary, cultural policy studies, media arts and cultural mediation
- Katherine Romba: Modern architecture with research interests in German and American modernism
- Joan Schwartz: History of photography
- Ron Spronk: Technical Art History, Netherlandish painting
Basic Funding Package (teaching assistantship, internal fellowships).
- Master’s Programs: minimum $9,000 per year
- Ph.D.: minimum $18,000 per year
We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships (SSHRC, OGS, etc.). Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 (masters) or $7,500 (doctoral) top-up award by Queen’s.
M.A.: Honours B.A. in Art History or a related discipline, minimum B+ average, A- average preferred. We consider your average over all four years.
Ph.D.: Honours B.A. or equivalent, M.A. with A average in the primary courses
- A reading knowledge of a language other than English, usually chosen from French, German or Italian
- Writing sample
- Statement of Research Interest
- Curriculum Vitae
- Writing sample
- Statement of Research interest
- Reading Knowledge of Languages relevant to the field of study
For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 600 (paperbased) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.
Key Dates and Deadlines
Application Deadline: January 10th
Notification of Acceptance: Early March
"Don't set limits on yourself"
A Bader Fellowship and off to Europe