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Critical Analysis, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (WUR) , OR,
The study of the history of art enables you to think critically and communicate effectively about visual and textual evidence. We study diverse works of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other art forms, and relate artistic expression to historical, cultural, and philosophical factors. Many careers today require skills fostered by this training and we offer three different art history tracks (liberal arts, art practices, and design), a minor, and an Honors option.


Critical Analysis Track

The critical analysis track is especially suited to preparation for a career that involves research and writing, such as museum work, art criticism, or teaching art history, and is focused on cultivating the ability to think critically and creatively about visual as well as textual resources. This option requires two seminars (small research and writing focused classes) instead of the one needed for other two art history degree tracks.

Art Practices Track

The art practices track pairs art history with training in art practice, giving the chance to develop creativity and skill in both art-making and the historical and critical analysis of art in its many forms. This path is intended for students entering professions that work directly with art objects, such as in art galleries or conservation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

This option requires two seminars (small research and writing focused classes) instead of the one needed for other two art history degree tracks.

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Applicants to the Studio Practice concentration must have a B.A., B.S. or B.F.A. degree with an emphasis in any of the following: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, photography, video, new genre, or intermedia. Exceptions may be made for those with a degree in another field who have significant related experience and a solid art history background.
  • Digital portfolio of applicant's work. 15-20 images, video, audio or text based examples.
  • Accepted file size and formats: Images (jpg, gif, png) up to 5 MB each, videos (flv, wmv, mov) up to 60 MB each, audio (mp3) up to 10 MB each, documents (pdf) up to 10 MB each
  • Statement of intent (500 words max). Applicant's reasons for applying to the Studio Practice program, including relevant background, significant past experience and achievements, future plans and any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating aptitude for graduate study.
  • Maximum file size: 10MB. Accepted file formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, txt
  • Curriculum Vitae focusing on prior education, exhibition history, and art-related employment, internships or volunteer experience.
  • Accepted file formats: pdf, doc, docx, rft, txt
  • Transcripts from all degree-granting institutions the applicant attended. A legible copy of your transcripts (unofficial transcripts acceptable).
  • Maximum file size: 10MB. Accepted file formats: jpg, tif, png, pdx, gif
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  • Names and contact information for three references.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    570 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 570 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    171 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 171 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Portland

  • 1271 - 2270 USD/month
    Living Costs

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