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Graduate Studies

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Iterim Chair: Dr. Randall Griffin,

Director of Graduate Studies: Dr. Lisa Pon,

For information about applications for graduate studies in art history at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, contact:

Joe Hoselton
Director of Graduate Admissions & Strategic Enrollment Management

Ph.D.: Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture (RASC/a)

RASC/a (derived from the Spanish vernacular for “scratch”) stands for “Rhetorics of Art, Space, and Culture” and marks a new curricular initiative in graduate studies launched in 2011. The department chose the unusual name to underline the commitment to shaping a small and dynamic graduate program that emphasizes close mentorship, innovative methodologies, and scholarship that challenges traditional disciplinary boundaries. The program builds upon the strengths of the faculty and area resources, with particular emphasis on historical and new media, visual technologies, architecture and the city, race and gender, and transnational scholarship. Among the RASC/a laboratories created outside the traditional classroom are “Scratchpad,” an engaging monthly forum where faculty and graduate students share works in progress, and site-seminars, eight- to ten-day trips attached to semester-long art history seminars for on-site work with local curators and scholars, to sites such as Venice and Madrid.

M.A. in Art History

The M.A. Program in Art History trains leaders in the field who are capable of thinking critically, viewing objects with fresh perspective and conducting research at the highest level and who are conversant with the discipline's history and invested in shaping its future. Recent graduates have gone on to Ph.D. programs, most fully funded, at Harvard, Yale, Northwestern, Brown, Cornell, UCLA, University of Michigan and USC.

The M.A. program requires 36 hours of coursework including the completion of a Master's thesis. Top applicants are eligible for MA scholarships plus stipend, and funding for thesis travel and research is available on a competitive basis.

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