Graduate Program in Art History
Graduate students in art history can prepare for careers in college and university teaching and research or museum work. Students pursue a master of arts or a PhD in art history with specialization in African (Oceanic), Asian, Ancient (3000 B.C.-300 A.D.), Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century European, American (includes Pre-Columbian, Native American, and African American), and Modern/Contemporary. Average class size is 15 to 30 students. The University provides teaching, research, and museum assis-tantships to support graduate study and a variety of fellowships that support dissertation research. In addition, the School of Art and Art History offers scholarships for qualified graduate students.
The following are areas of specialty:
Modern Studies constitutes one of the most significant strengths of the school, with courses and seminars offered in 19th- and 20th-century art as well as contemporary art. The Dada collection and archives are among the University's many important holdings in the Modern area.
American Studies are well represented at Iowa. Students have opportunities to study not only the history of American art but also a variety of interdisciplinary programs in American history, literature, and politics.
Medieval and Renaissance Studies incorporate a broad spectrum of courses in art history as well as interdisciplinary programs in history, literature, and religion.
Ancient Art is represented by courses and seminars in Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman art and archaeology
Asian Art is treated in an ample series of courses and seminars dealing with Chinese and Japanese art and culture
The Project for Advanced Study of Art and Life in Africa (PASALA) is among the school's major assets, an interdisciplinary program of fellowships. scholarships, conferences, and publications on the visual arts in Africa.