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What will I learn?

The doctoral program in Art History and Visual Culture at York offers an exceptional opportunity for research, teaching and professional development within a department that is unique in terms of its resources, location, faculty and areas of interest.

In the doctoral program, each of the fields is broadly conceived and students may incorporate research on non-Western topics, minority cultural practices and interdisciplinary issues and approaches. The four fields of study represent the significant areas of teaching and research strength of York's Art History faculty, and provide a frame within which students can pursue diverse theoretical and practical engagements in their study of art and visual culture.

The objective of the program is to prepare candidates for careers in art history and academia, as well as in publishing, curatorial practice, museology and arts administration.

You will have opportunities to view exhibitions in the vibrant downtown Toronto art community and attend events with international and nationally acclaimed artists, curators and theorists.
The program prepares its graduates for career choices in academia or the cultural sector by refining critical, scholarly and teaching skills.

The program is relatively small and allows graduate students to work closely with individual members of the faculty.

Streams and Specializations:

  • Canadian and Aboriginal Art
  • Curatorial and Museological Studies
  • Architectural Studies
  • Modern and Contemporary Art.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Study options

Full Time (6 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$19,491.00 (US$ 15,316) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2021


Faculty of Graduate Studies

230 York Lanes, 80 York Boulevard,

York University, 4700 Keele Street,


Ontario (ON),

M3J 1P3, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants for admission should hold a master’s degree in art history or a relevant discipline from a recognized university with a minimum A- average. This requirement may be waived if the student has had a long period of significant professional activity.

Language Requirements

A minimum of two languages: English and one other, which is usually French. The minimum TOEFL score for the program is 600 for paper based and 250 computer based or students may demonstrate their English language proficiency by completing YELT with a score of 1.

The application deadline is Feb 15.


About this uni

A leading international research university with a global perspective, York University is preparing a diverse community for long-term success.

  • Two campuses in Toronto with modern, specialized facilities
  • Vibrant, diverse international community of students
  • Excellent student support services
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