12 months
12852 USD/year
12852 USD/year
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The History of Art and Architecture program of the University of California, Santa Barbara prepares students for graduate work leading to careers as historians and critics of art and architecture, as museum and gallery professionals, and to work in arts administration and historic preservation.


About the Program

The Department offers degrees in all periods and media from Ancient to Contemporary, including African, Chinese, Islamic, and Latin American art, with particular strengths in early-modern and modern/contemporary art, and architecture and urban history.

The majority of faculty in the History of Art and Architecture program of the University of California, Santa Barbara have extensive expertise in museum history, theory, and practice, as well as strong interests in theory and field research, including archaeological field work. The program is supported by an excellent Arts Library, Image Resources Collection, Architectural Drawing Collection, and Art, Design & Architecture Museum.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Proseminar: Art-Historical Methods
  • Seminar: Topics in African & African-American Art
  • Seminar: Topics in Roman Architecture and Urbanism
  • Seminar: Topics in Medieval Architecture & Sculpture
  • Seminar: Topics in Pre-Columbian/Colonial Latin American Art
  • Seminar: Topics in 15th & 16th C. Art in Northern Europe

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions, and Resume or CV
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • As a means of fostering inclusivity and access, we no longer require GRE scores.
  • Sample of written work that is art historical in nature, (50 pages maximum); Those with an MA in Art History: submit a copy or a chapter of MA thesis
  • Final/Official transcripts will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). UC Santa Barbara reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found.

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Santa Barbara

1640 - 2480 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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