Art History (M.A.*)
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Prospective students should use this checklist to obtain specific admissions requirements on how to apply to Graduate School.
Dr. Jessica Dallow
Cathleen Cummings, Assistant Professor (Art History); South Asian Art
Jessica Dallow, Associate Professor (Art History); Contemporary Art, American Art, African American Art
Heather McPherson, Professor (Art History); 18th-20th Century European Art
Maria Maurer, Visiting Assistant Professor (Art History), Renaissance and Baroque Art
*A program leading to the Master of Arts degree in art history is offered jointly by UAB and the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). The MA degree in Art History prepares students for further academic study at the doctoral level or for professional careers in museums, galleries, and other arts-related fields.
Amalia Amaki, Professor (Art History); Modern/Contemporary Art
Lucy Curzon, Assistant Professor (Art History); Modern/Contemporary Art
Tanja Jones, Assistant Professor, Renaissance and Baroque Art
Mindy Nancarrow, Professor (Art History); Baroque Art
Catherine Pagani, Professor (Art History); Asian Art
Applicants may seek admission to either UAB or the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), but admission is upon recommendation of the joint art history faculty of the two institutions. For admission in good standing, applicants to UAB must meet Graduate School requirements for scholarship and GRE General Test scores. A Minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) is required for acceptance into the program. The applicant should have completed 24 semester hours in art history and related areas such as history, aesthetics, archaeology, and anthropology. With the concurrence of the joint faculty, this requirement may be reduced. It is desirable that an applicant be able to read a foreign language related to the proposed field of study. Students may apply for admission for either the fall or spring semester.
Students must complete 24 semester hours in art history.* Students must take courses in two (as of Fall 2011) of the following five general areas: Renaissance Art, Baroque Art, Nineteenth-Century Art, Twentieth-Century/Contemporary Art & Criticism, and Asian Art. A maximum of 3 semester hours of independent study will be permitted. Each student must take ARH 680 (Literature of Art). Each student must take at least 6 semester hours of coursework at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). *Note: A maximum of 6 of the required hours in art history may be taken in a related field with the concurrence of the joint faculty.
Foreign Language Requirement
Students must demonstrate reading knowledge of French or German by passing a translation examination administered by the Department of Foreign Languages or by passing French 201 or 202 or German 201 or 202 with a grade of B or better. Note: For students specializing in Asian art or other areas, a relevant language may be substituted with the approval of the faculty advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies. This requirement should be satisfied in or before the term in which the student has passed 15 semester hours of coursework. A reading knowledge of a second foreign language is strongly recommended.
For admission to candidacy, the student must pass a comprehensive examination prepared and graded by the joint art history faculty. Written examinations are scheduled twice a year, fall and spring.
The student must present a thesis under the direction of a member of the joint art history faculty. Each student will register for ARH 699 for 6 semester hours of credit.
|Deadline for Entry Term(s):||
Fall or Spring semester
Deadline for All Application Materials to be in the Graduate School Office:
April 1 for Fall, October 1 for Spring
Number of Evaluation Forms Required:
GRE (TOEFL and TWE also required for international applicants whose native language is not English.)
Students must provide a writing sample
For detailed information, contact Dr. Jessica Dallow, Graduate Program Director, UAB Department of Art and Art History, Humanities Building, Room 113, 900 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294-1260.
Telephone 205-934-4941; Fax (205) 975-2836
For courses at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), see the graduate catalog of that university.
Unless otherwise noted, all courses are for 3 semester hours of credit. Course numbers preceded with an asterisk indicate courses that can be repeated for credit, with stated stipulations.
Art History (ARH)
A student may take any seminar twice for credit (see UAB Class Schedule for announcement of subjects). Prerequisite for admission to a seminar is permission of the instructor.
507. Art of Rome. Covers Ancient Rome, but focuses on Medieval through early Baroque painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examines the city of Rome over time. Also considers the impact of the papacy on the city and its use of ancient Roman models.
521. Renaissance Art in Italy: 1300-1480. Painting, sculpture, and architecture, with an emphasis on the artistic centers of Florence, Venice, Rome and Siena.
522 Renaissance Art in Italy: 1480-1580. Painting, sculpture, and architecture, with an emphasis on the artistic centers of Florence, Venice, Rome, and Milan.
523. Study Abroad: Art in Italy: On-site study of works of art and architecture in Italy, 1300-1650.
524. Renaissance Painting in Northern Europe. Paintings in Holland, Belgium, and Germany, 1350-1550.
530. Eighteenth-Century Art in Europe Visual culture in eighteenth-century Britain and France including study of eighteenth-century holdings in the Birmingham Museum of Art. (McPherson)
531. Northern Baroque Painting. Painting in Holland and Belgium, 1580-1680.
535. Southern Baroque Art. Painting, sculpture, and architecture, with an emphasis on the artistic centers of Rome, Florence, and Venice and painting in Spain, 1580-1680.
540. Nineteenth-Century Art I: Neoclassicism, Romanticism, and Realism. Painting, sculpture, and graphic arts in Europe, emphasizing France, 1780-1860. (McPherson)
541. Nineteenth-Century Art II: Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Symbolism. Painting, sculpture, and graphic arts in Europe, 1860-1900. (McPherson)
550. American Art to 1900: Painting, sculpture, and architecture in the U.S., with an emphasis on 19th century. (Dallow)
560. Twentieth-Century Art to 1945. Painting, sculpture, and architecture in Europe and the United States, 1900-1945. (McPherson)
561 Modern Design. History of modern design. Will examine various design disciplines, design theory, well as the relationships between design, fine art, architecture, and popular culture. (Staff)
564. Art Since 1945. Painting, sculpture, and architecture, primarily in the United States, 1945 to the present. (McPherson, Dallow)
565. Aspects of Contemporary Art. Topics in Contemporary Art, c. 1970 to the present. Course offerings will vary from year to year and will study a specific historical moment, medium, theme, or subject. (Dallow)
567. Modern Architecture. Chiefly twentieth century emphasizing the United States. (Dallow)
568. Race and Representation. History of 20th-Century African American art in the context of contemporary theories of identity and in relation to African art. Includes study of objects in the Birmingham Museum of Art.(Dallow)
570. Art and Culture in China. An in-depth survey of the art and culture of China from the Neolithic era through the eighteenth century. (Cummings)
571. Topics in Asian Cinema. This course offers students an introduction to a vital aspect of contemporary Asian culture, recognizing that film can be an important locus of contemporary cultural commentary and critique. The course presumes no prior knowledge of Asia or cinema and its artistic tradition. The goal of the course is to view and discuss, as a class, approximately ten films, emphasizing an understanding of their cultural background and an appreciation of their aesthetic merits as films and cultural settings in Asia. Attendance at weekly screenings is mandatory. (Cummings)
573. Japanese Prints and Printmakers. A history of Japanese wood-block prints and printmakers from seventeenth through twentieth centuries. (Cummings)
574. Chinese Painting. Painting and painting theory through the eighteenth century. 3 hours.
575. Japanese Art. Art and culture of Neolithic era through the nineteenth century. (Cummings
577. Art and Architecture of India. Explores the visual culture of South Asia from the Indus Valley Civilization until the beginning of British rule in India, c. 2500 BCE-1700 CE. (Cummings)
578. Buddhist Arts of Asia. Study of Buddhist art and architecture in Asia, with an emphasis on the original context and function of painting, sculpture, and monuments. The specific historical and cultural theme will vary with each course offering. (Cummings)
579. Art and Culture of Asia: Study Abroad: This course allows students to become immersed in the art and culture of Asia through direct experience in the field. Focus will be primarily on South Asia but may vary with each course offering to include Nepal, Tibet, and Southeast Asia. Preliminary lectures in Birmingham and significant written assignments required (Cummings)
580. Art Criticism and Theory. Critical theory and contemporary issues focusing on art from the 1960s to the present. (Dallow)
*582. Topics in Art History. Study of thematic topics throughout art history.
585. Museum Studies. Museum operation; organization and preparation of exhibitions; cataloging objects in collection; experience with UAB Visual Arts Gallery and Birmingham Museum of Art. (Dallow)
587. Field Study. Trips to prominent museums and galleries in the United States or art centers in foreign countries. Preliminary lectures in Birmingham and significant written assignments required.
*590. Seminar in Art Histry: May be repeated if focus is different.
592. Museum Internship. Through active participation in the daily operations of one or more curatorial departments, students acquire a working knowledge of museums through a program of internships at cooperating institutions. The student will be required to work at the institution a minimum of 12 supervised hours per week during the term. Prior approval of the instructor is required for registration.
620. Seminar: Renaissance Art.
630. Seminar: Baroque and Rococo Art. (McPherson)
640. Seminar: Nineteenth-Century Art. (McPherson, Dallow)
660. Seminar: Twentieth-Century/Contemporary Art. (McPherson, Dallow)
670. Seminar: Asian Art. (Cummings)
680. Literature of Art. Principles and methodology of literature of art as described in writing of founders and chief makers; bibliographical research methods and mastery.
698. Independent Study. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
*699. Thesis Research. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy. 3 or 6 hours.
Although UAB does not offer a graduate degree in studio art, courses in this area are available to interested graduate students. For additional information, please contact Erin Wright, Chair, UAB Department of Art and Art History, Humanities Building, Room 113, 900 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294-1260 (telephone 205-934-4941).
James R. Alexander, Professor (Art); Sculpture, Ceramic Sculpture
Doug Barrett, Assistant Professor (Art); Graphic Design
Douglas Baulos, Assistant Professor (Art); Drawing & Bookmaking
Bert Brouwer, Professor (Art); Painting, Drawing
Gary Chapman, Professor (Art); Painting, Drawing
Derek Cracco, Associate Professor (Art); Printmaking
Christopher Lowther, Assistant Professor (Art); Time-Based Media
John Powers, Assistant Professor (Art); Sculpture
Sonja O. Rieger, Professor (Art); Photography
Erin Wright, Chair/Professor (Art); Graphic Design
ARS 500 DrawingARS 506 Digital Filmmaking
ARS 507 Ethnographic Filmmaking
ARS 510 Painting
ARS 520 Sculpture
ARS 522 Sculpture Internship
ARS 530 Ceramic Sculpture
ARS 540 Printmaking
ARS 560 Graphic Design
ARS 561 3D Modeling
ARH 570 Photography
ARH 575 Photography
ARS 579 Studio Internship Photography
ARS 580 Art Exp: Teaching Art N-12
ARS 587 Field Study in Art Studio
ARS 588 Seminar in Time-Based Media
ARS 590 Studio Problems
ARS 592 Studio Internship
ARS 595 Art Studio Seminar
ARS 595 Art Studio Seminar
ARS A1 ARS Major Elective
ARS A2 ARS Major Elective
ARS A3 ARS Major Elective
ARS A4 ARS Major Elective