Graduate Art Degrees

The Department of Art and Design offers a master’s degree in art with areas of concentration in Art History and Visual Art. Students who obtain a graduate degree in either of these areas are prepared for a range of careers in a variety of settings or for further graduate study.

Graduate Coordinator: Joli Livaudais |

Master of Arts in Art

Art History Concentration

The Master of Arts in Art: Art History concentration is designed for people interested in professional, academic, museum studies, or arts management careers and prepares students for doctoral study. It offers a broad-based study of the history of visual expression and opportunities for advanced research projects. Art historians analyze and articulate the meaning and form of human experience as embodied in works of art. The field encompasses the world of art and architecture as it exists today and has been understood visually and verbally in the past.

Students gain a solid foundation to pursue a doctoral program in art history, and it also prepares them for diverse careers.

Potential Career Fields:

  • Art administrator for art galleries, auction houses, museums, and historic sites
  • Art Appraiser
  • Art History Professor or Instructor
  • Art Journalist
  • Attorney
  • Collections Manager
  • Curator for institutional and corporate collections
  • Development officer for nonprofit and public art programming
  • Manager for private, corporate, or public art programming
  • Visual Arts and Digital Media Archivist
  • Volunteer and/or Docent Coordinator for a Museum

Curriculum & Admission Requirements

Visual Art Concentration

The Master of Arts in Art: Visual Art concentration prepares people to practice art in a professional capacity, to teach art, and for further study toward the terminal Master of Fine Arts degree. It offers professional development through major studio disciplines, including ceramics, drawing, furniture design and woodworking, graphic design, illustration, metalsmithing and jewelry, painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. This concentration is designed for those with the potential to sustain productive careers as artists and who will continue to produce and exhibit their work.

Potential Career Fields:

  • Apparel Accessory Designer
  • Advertising & Promotions
  • Advertising Director
  • Art Critic
  • Art Director
  • Art Education or Historian
  • Art Retailer
  • Art Teacher/Professor
  • Art Therapy
  • Arts Administrator
  • Conservator
  • Costume Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Furniture Designer
  • Gallery Director or Owner
  • Graphic Novel Illustrator
  • Interior Designer
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Landscape Architect/Designer
  • Multimedia Artist & Animator
  • Museum Curator or Preparator
  • Photographer or Photojournalist
  • Potter/Ceramic Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Production Artist
  • Set Designer
  • Sculptor
  • Typeface Designer
  • User Experience (UX) Designer
  • User Interface (UI) Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Wood Worker

Curriculum & Admission Requirements