MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN ART HISTORY|MAAH
COURSE WORK AND RESEARCH

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE:

The main objective of the MA in Art History is to train art historians who can envision an independent professional career in art history. It also intends to train graduates with a strong capability for teaching art history at University level.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The MA Degree consists of consists 5 compulsory course units; 3-4 thematic electives as approved by the Board of Studies; a compulsory field experience period of 30 days and the submission of a thesis of an approved topic.

SEMESTER 1:

  • MAAH 61014 History of archaeological and art historical thought/ compulsory/ 4 credits
  • MAAH 61024 Themes and theories in art history: a historical survey/ compulsory/ 4 credits

SEMESTER 2:

  • MAAH 62034 Themes and theories in contemporary art history-2/ compulsory/ 4 credits

SEMESTER 3:

  • MAAH 71044 Reading and writing about visual experience/ compulsory/ 4 credits

SEMESTER 4:

  • MAAH 72054 Current debates in South Asian art/ compulsory/ 4 credits
  • MAFEP Field Experience Period: 30 days/compulsory/ must complete before the end of the 4th semester of the program.

SUBMITTING THE MA IN ART HISTORY THESIS AS A PRACTICE BASED PRESENTATION

Candidates can opt for practice based presentation opportunity in submitting their thesis for the MA in Art History in the form of an exhibition (virtual or real), or a documentary film.

  • Assessment of the exhibition/ documentary film will be based on: Translation of research methodology into exhibition/film rationale; Explication of research topic; Critical framework grounding selection of works/scenes and sounds and didactic material; Innovative and professional curatorial/production practice.
  • The exhibition/film should be accompanied with a written component. The written component should be 6,000-10,000 words in length and should adequately describe the exhibition/film. It should take the form of a fully argued introductory essay to the exhibition/film composed with minimum two parts. Part one of the essay should draw on key points that constitute the thesis of the exhibition/film. Its primary task is to provide the conceptual link between the thesis of the exhibition/film and the exhibits on display/scenes sequence of the film. The Part 2 of the essay should provide detailed catalogue entries/ script of the film, a full list of works exhibited/shown, and photographic credits.
  • Assessment of the written component is based on: Elucidation of the exhibition/film; Contribution to Art History; and Appropriate expression for intended audience.
  • Works presented in the exhibition/film could be candidate’s own works, or of another artist/s or artifacts.
  • Candidates opting for practice-based presentation will be required to demonstrate their abilities in visual literacy and relevant art/media practice to a committee appointed by the Board of Studies of the PGIAR.
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