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The MA in Contemporary Art History prepares emerging scholars to analyze the breadth and depth of contemporary art and design. Students entering the program will be interested in augmenting their existing knowledge through a program of study that facilitates exploration and analysis of the full range of contemporary art as well as provides the historical, theoretical and critical armature required.

The MA in Contemporary Art History is a full-time, 45-credit program that is normally completed within two years (five semesters). Some part-time students may be admitted (with the Program Director’s approval) with a more flexible completion schedule.


  • To prepare students with advanced research skills for visual and academic investigations in the histories of art, media, and design.
  • To contribute new research into the historical and critical analysis of contemporary art, media, and design in both Canada and internationally.
  • To prepare students for employment by galleries, museums, and other art institutions.
  • To prepare students to advance into Art History PhD programs.

Required courses

Curriculum: 45 credits

Major Research Paper (MRP) stream:

*Thesis stream:

*With the permission of the student's Principal Advisor and the Graduate Program Director.


Students may choose from:

a) Approved graduate-level courses in other OCAD graduate programs

b) A 300 or 400-level Liberal Studies course in any discipline, with the approval of the instructor and the Graduate Program Director.

c) A graduate course at another university through the Ontario Visiting Graduate Student Plan (OVGS) or the Canadian University Graduate Transfer Agreement (CUGTA).

Students should consult the Graduate Program Director for advising on the selection of elective courses.

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