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History of Art

Bryn Mawr College

24 months
48328 USD/year
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Bryn Mawr College's Department of History of Art offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in all areas of western art history from late antiquity through the present, including film. It is one of three independent departments that comprise the Graduate Group, along with Archaeology and Classics. The History of Art program is offered at Bryn Mawr College.


Distinguished History

Bryn Mawr College has a distinguished tradition in the study of the visual arts. The College has been cited as one of a few influential institutions that helped establish History of Art place in the American academy. Erwin Panofsky produced his Studies in Iconology: Humanistic Themes in the Art of the Renaissance during his time at the College in 1937-38 on a Mary Flexner Lectureship. The History of Art program is offered at Bryn Mawr College.

Areas of Study

Graduate faculty members cover the history of art in Europe and the Americas from early Byzantium through contemporary film. Particular emphases are the medieval afterlife of classical art and artifacts (Alicia Walker), the Italian Renaissance and its historiography (David Cast), the global early modern and South Asian textiles (Sylvia Houghteling), 19th-century France (Steven Levine), and post-World-War II art, theory, photography and film (Lisa Saltzman, Homay King).

In their scholarship and teaching, the faculty represent a range of critical and interpretive positions from art history in the tradition of Erwin Panofsky through its post-structural critique, including feminist and gender theory, social art history, psychoanalytic theory, reception theory, semiotics, and post-colonial theory.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Palladio and Palladianism
  • Topics in Baroque Art: Velázquez
  • Topics in German Art: Dresden
  • Art and Architecture from the Renaissance to German Reunification
  • Theories of Authorship in the Cinema: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Topics in Modern Art

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


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Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or an equivalent degree, and the prerequisite skills or training specified by individual departments and programs for admission.
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1000 - 1500 USD /month
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