The graduate program in history of art and architecture is a doctoral program designed to train new generations of scholars who will lead the way in advancing and disseminating art-historical knowledge, whether in research universities, teaching colleges, or museums and galleries. The program is based in research constellations that encourage idea-driven scholarship and interdisciplinary work. These constellations unite faculty and graduate students around shared intellectual questions and interpretative approaches, meant to be flexible and evolving. At the same time, the program recognizes that in-depth knowledge of particular historical and geographical areas remains the foundation of any serious intellectual inquiry in our discipline. Graduate students will thus work closely with faculty to ensure that they acquire foundational knowledge of artistic production in an historical and geographical area, but will assemble dissertation committees from the research constellations in which faculty operate. The goal is to produce work that displays command over a particular historical and geographical area, and at the same time contributes to the ideas that give life to the department’s constellations. Curriculum requirements and teaching assistantships also give students the opportunity to study and learn broadly, and they are expected to study outside the History of Art and Architecture department to begin framing the kind of interdisciplinary questions that both teaching and scholarship increasingly demand.
Generally the program requires six to eight years to complete; the MA degree is granted in the second year as a step toward the doctorate. We fully fund all our doctoral students with generous multiyear packages of financial support, including fellowships and teaching assistantships. The department has a strong teacher training program. Recent PhDs have an outstanding placement record.
We invite graduate students to take an active role in department governance. Graduate students participate on department committees and in department meetings, and have a collective vote on questions of department policy, faculty hires, and other matters. For more information, see the department bylaws.
The University of Pittsburgh is now offering a Film Studies PhD with a concentration in History of Art and Architecture and students interested in pursuing this option must apply to and fulfill degree requirements in both programs. The HAA faculty members able to supervise Film Studies students are Josh Ellenbogen and Terry Smith. Students interested in this option should contact the Director of Graduate Studies Josh Ellenbogen and visit the Film Studies website.
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