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PhD Art History, Art Practice

Catalog id : VA77
 Course Level
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

16630 USD
16630 USD

Application fee

International 110 USD
National 90 USD
Department of Art History (Visual Arts)
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)80
TOEFL-PBT (min)550
GRE (avg)330

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About this course

The Art History program features a new concentration in Art Practice designed for artists engaged in advanced research who wish to pursue their work in an environment geared to doctoral study, and to produce studio work alongside a written dissertation. The addition of an Art Practice concentration was a natural outgrowth of the reciprocal relationship between history, theory and practice in the Visual Arts department. Rather than segregating art practice and history, UC San Diego's Visual Arts department brings practitioners, theorists and historians together to encourage innovative work at the boundaries of disciplines, discourses, and methodologies. Art practice students fulfill the same requirements as students working in other Ph.D. concentrations, including language exams, qualifying exams and the submission of a dissertation prospectus. Their dissertations, however, combine a shorter written component with a completed art project (film or video, exhibition, public work, etc.). The program is particularly well-suited for established artists with a research-based practice who are seeking the opportunity to reflect on that practice, and to develop new work in conjunction with a community of ambitious artists, historians and theorists.

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Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for graduate admission must present official evidence of receipt of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education or the equivalent, with training comparable to that provided by the University of California. A minimum scholastic average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent for course work completed in upper-division or prior graduate study.

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Course Modules

All first-year Ph.D. students are required to take Re-Thinking Art History, a seminar in art historical methodology, when offered during their first year of study. Students in the Art Practice concentration are required to take the Seminar in Art Practice Research in their first year, and its counterpart or sequel in the second year. Students must also take, at some point, two seminars from the Art Practice specialization. One four-unit apprentice teaching course is also required. Travel required to conduct field research for completion of degree requirements in most cases. In order to ensure that students attain a reasonable measure of historical and cultural breadth, all students are required to take one seminar from at least three of the following areas outside their area of specialization:

1) Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance or Early Modern Art (VIS250N, 251, 252, 253);

2) Meso-American Art or North American Indian Art (VIS 257, 260);

3) Asian Art (VIS 258);

4) Latin American Art (VIS 259);

5) Modern and Contemporary (254, 255);

6) Media Studies (VIS 256).

PhD Students in Art Practice may choose one course from an additional area Theory/Practice (VIS 210-219). The courses fulfilling the breadth requirement must be taught by three different members of the PhD faculty or designated visiting PhD faculty.

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How to Apply

Academic Records

One set of final official transcripts of all previous academic work completed after high school graduation, including certification of degrees received or documentation of status upon leaving each institution, is required for each application submitted. Only official records bearing the signature of the registrar and the seal of the issuing institution will be accepted. Applicants with academic work in progress who expect to complete a degree program before the intended date of enrollment at UC San Diego must submit evidence of degree conferral and a final academic record, as soon as they are available. The undergraduate degree must be completed prior to the start of graduate study.

International Applicant Academic Records

In all applications for graduate admission, official academic records bearing the signature of the registrar or other responsible academic officer and the seal of the issuing institution are required. If the institution does not issue duplicate records, the copy of the official record must be certified. Properly certified copies should be sent instead of irreplaceable original documents. Unless academic records are issued in English by the institution itself, certified English translations must accompany official documents written in a language other than English.

Foreign academic records should show titles of all courses attended each year, years of study (or duration of study), examinations passed, seminars completed, and grades or marks received in all institutions where formal records are maintained. Official evidence of degree conferral must also be supplied, together with evidence of rank in class if possible.

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Scores
Most graduate programs require that applicants take the GRE. Contact the specific program for further information. Applicants who are applying for admission to a department, group, or school that requires that they take the GRE should do so as early as possible to insure the timely receipt of their score results. Applicants must take the GRE no later than fall in order to meet most departmental deadlines for admission. Consult the GRE website for further information. Only official scores sent to UC San Diego by ETS will be accepted for admission.

Letters of Recommendation
Applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted online to UC San Diego. If paper letters are necessary they must be mailed to the prospective major department, group, or school. It is most important that letters of recommendation be completed by individuals in a position to analyze an applicant’s abilities and academic or professional promise.

International Applicant Requirements
English Language Test
Demonstrated proficiency in the English language is required for all international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received at least a B average and studied full-time for one uninterrupted year at a university-level institution in a country in which English is the language of instruction and in a country in which English is the dominant language. Three English proficiency exams are accepted for graduate study at UC San Diego:

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 550 for the paper based test (PBT) or 80 for the Internet Based Test. TOEFL information and forms are available at the TOEFL website.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Training exam:The minimum IELTS score is Band 7.0. IELTS registration information is available on the IELTS website.

The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic). The minimum PTE academic score required for graduate admission is overall score 65. Registration and test information is available on the Pearson website.

International students whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency before they may serve as teaching assistants.

International Applicant Financial Statement
International applicants accepting admission to UC San Diego are required to certify that they possess sufficient funds to cover all fees, transportation, and living expenses during the first academic year of graduate enrollment at UC San Diego. An International Applicant Financial Statement, for the purpose of indicating the amount and source of funds available for graduate study, is made available to applicants after accepting admission; the financial statement must be submitted before visa forms can be provided.

Opportunities for employment, on or off campus, are extremely limited, and international applicants should not base their educational plans on the hope of finding employment after arriving in the United States.

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