M.A. On Campus

Art and Architectural History

24 months
19449 CAD/year
8255 CAD/year
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The Art and Architectural History MA program offered at Carleton University is unique in Canada in its unrivalled ability to combine classroom work with on-site training at national museums and related institutions. 


The Art and Architectural History MA program offered at Carleton University focuses on visual culture and critical approaches, including the study of art’s institutional contexts and engaging the dynamic nature of art history at the turn of the 21st century.

A collaborative specialization in Digital Humanities is also available. As well, you might want to consider our graduate diploma in Curatorial Studies. It’s available to Carleton graduate students at a master’s or PhD level, as well as for students who wish to supplement their academic qualifications with practical training, or for practitioners who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills.

Capital Advantage

The MA in Art and Architectural History encourages students to access the wealth of cultural resources in the National Capital Region, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and Library and Archives Canada. We use these institutions to teach our students to engage critically with extraordinary works of non-Western and Western civilizations. Our practicum program places students on-site in relevant institutions to prepare them for future careers in Ottawa and elsewhere in the cultural sector.

Career Opportunities

The practicum program places students on-site in collecting institutions to prepare them for future careers in the cultural sector. Typical places of employment include the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Art Gallery, Canadian Museum of History, Library and Archives Canada and Parks Canada

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Art and Its Institutions
  • Topics in Historiography, Methodology and Criticism
  • Perspectives on Pre-Modernity
  • Feminism and Gender
  • Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Community/Identity

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An honours bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent, in art history or a related discipline, with at least a B+ standing. Related disciplines may include anthropology, history and Canadian studies. 
  • Applicants without a background in art history may be required to take up to a maximum of 2.0 credits in certain designated courses from the undergraduate art history program. 
  • In addition, all students are required to demonstrate a reading knowledge of French (or another language to be approved by “ the art history graduate supervisor). 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19449 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19449 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    8255 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8255 CAD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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