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The Master of Arts (MA) in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories program prepares students to investigate the breadth and complexity of today's creative cultural activity. Artists and designers in the 21st century often employ unconventional and hybrid strategies that can challenge traditional forms of analysis. Examinations of contemporary art, new media and design therefore require flexible and creative conceptual approaches. Through historical contextualization, scholarly rigour, and cross-disciplinary methods, this program supports the production of pioneering research into newly emerging art and design practices.

Students must choose between three fields of specialization:

  • Contemporary Art History (VISA courses)
  • Design History (VISD courses)
  • New Media Art History (VISM courses)

The MA in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories 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 cultivate original research into the analysis of contemporary art, design and new media art

  1. To provide students with advanced writing and research skills for historical, critical and theoretical investigations
  2. To prepare students for employment at galleries, museums and other art institutions
  3. To prepare students for continuing research in PhD programs

Required courses

Curriculum: 45 credit-hours

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 U graduate programs

b) A 300- or 400-level 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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