History of Art Graduate Department of Art

General Info


Gardiner Urbino Guido Durantino Fall of Troy 1535Academic counselling on course selection (including departmental requirements for the programs of study) is conducted by the undergraduate coordinator.  Appointments can be made with the Undergraduate Coordinator (416-978-7892). For interpretation of Faculty regulations (including breadth requirements) and for counsel in case of illness or personal difficulty of the sort that may occasion a petition, students should seek advice from their College Registrar.

Library Facilities and Hours

There are several major repositories of art books on the St George campus: Robarts Library, the Art Department Library, and the Architecture Library.

  • The John P. Robarts Research Library, 130 St George Street (416-978-8450). Most bound periodicals and serials are housed in Robarts and do not circulate. The summer hours are normally: Monday through Thursday 8:30 am to 11 pm, Friday 8:30 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday 1 to 6 pm; in the fall and spring terms the closing time is generally extended on weekdays to midnight, on weekends to 10 pm.
  • Short Term Loans for the humanities and social sciences is located on the third floor of Robarts. The required readings for many courses can be located there
  • The Library of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Design, 230 College Street (978-2649), has an excellent collection within its areas of concern including multiple copies, short-term loan arrangements, reserve and reference sections, and periodicals. Some books at Architecture are not to be found in libraries elsewhere on campus and not all of the books in this library appear in the electronic U of T Catalogue. The hours are normally: Monday through Friday 9 am to 9 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

Other Libraries:

  • The Royal Ontario Museum Library, 100 Queen’s Park (416-586-5595), is a decentralized reference collection; for this reason it is best to phone ahead so that the item you wish can be retrieved from curatorial offices where it may be in use. (Otherwise a second trip may be necessary in order to consult the material.) To gain admission show your student card at the desk in the Rotunda and indicate that your business is in the Library; you will be given a special admission button (good for visiting the Library only) and directions. Hours are 12 noon to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. For material in the Canadiana Collection make requests at the Main Library and expect a waiting period of 24 to 48 hours. To reach the Far Eastern Library, which is open Monday, Wednesday-Friday: 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: 12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m., enter the Museum by the staff entrance and sign with Security
  • The Edward P. Taylor Research Library of the Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West (416-979-6642), is open to the public, but only if the applicant has a demonstrated need that cannot be met in the University and Toronto Public Library systems. Moreover, because of limited seating in the Walter Carson Reading Room it is advisable to make an appointment. Some material, such as rare books or manuscripts, must be requested a day in advance. Reference service is provided by telephone during open hours, which are Wednesday through Friday 1:00 to 4:45 pm
  • The  Library of the Ontario College of Art, 100 McCaul Street (416-977-5311, ext. 255), is open to any student Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 7:45 pm, Friday 8:30 am to 4:45 pm.
  • The Toronto Central Library, 789 Yonge Street (416-393-7196), is a library with broad collections that do not circulate, as well as unique reference materials. (It can be especially useful when all copies of a book that does circulate at the University of Toronto are simply unavailable.) In addition to an art section, it has a history section (which includes the Baldwin Room, devoted to local history), a map section, and extensive periodical and newspaper holdings. Normal hours are: Monday through Thursday 9 am to 8 pm, Friday 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm; in the past, Sunday hours have begun and evening hours have been extended after Thanksgiving.

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The Faculty Calendar quotes portions of the code of behaviour in academic matters, including the definition of academic offenses such as plagiarism, and student conduct–and the sanctions for such offenses. A serious problem in recent years, plagiarism is representing another’s ideas or expression as one’s own in an essay, test, or examination. It is the duty of instructors to report cases; the Dean’s office prosecutes these vigorously. Possible sanctions include a grade of 0 for the piece of work in question, failure in the course, suspension for a year, a notation of misconduct on the student’s records for 5 years. Giving adequate credit to sources used in written work (through suitable references) is usually a sufficient precaution against a charge of plagiarism.

Grievance Procedures

A student who believes an individual item of term work has been incorrectly or unfairly marked may ask the course instructor for a re-evaluation.  Students should make such requests as soon as reasonably possible after receiving the work back, but no later than two weeks after it was returned.  Such a request entails a remarking of the work.  Hence, if a remarking is granted, the student must accept the resulting mark as the new mark, whether it goes up or down or remains the same.  Continuing with the remark or the appeal means the student accepts this condition.

If the student is not satisfied with the remarking that has been granted, he or she may appeal to the UG Coordinator.  Contact the Undergraduate Office for further details.

Study Elsewhere Program

In addition to the FAH courses offered abroad every summer, it is normally possible for students who have completed approximately 10 courses (in all departments) to continue their studies abroad for one year. Such students should be pursuing a Specialist or Major program. Application forms are available from college registrars’ offices. Applicants must obtain approval of the Departmental Adviser for Study Elsewhere on their forms, and submit them to the Office of the Faculty Registrar, Sidney Smith Hall, Room 1006.

Graduate Studies

Enquiries about the degree programs of the Graduate Department of History of Art–leading to the Masters degree (MA) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph D)–should be addressed to the Associate Chair and Coordinator of Graduate Studies. Students are advised to consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar for more information. With Classics and Near and Middle Eastern Civilization, the Graduate Department also sponsors an interdisciplinary masters and doctoral program in Ancient Studies for which FAH graduates may be eligible: to meet the Ancient Studies requirements candidates should have an advanced reading knowledge of Latin and/or Greek upon application. Enquire about this program through Professor Margaret Miller (416.946.3978). Students interested in American programs must take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) in their fourth year; see your registrar for the examination schedule.

Graduate Opportunities

Many students from the Department have pursued careers in commercial or public art galleries or museums with distinction. In combination with further training in education, library school, museum studies, or therapy, the possibilities include primary and secondary teaching, placement in libraries and archives, some positions in art galleries and museums, and art therapy. An  Art degree may qualify one for matriculation to U of T’s Faculty of Education, which offers a specialist certificate in Art Education: address enquiries about the Bachelor of Education degree (B Ed) to the Professor of Art Education Graduates in  Art may also consider the Faculty of Information Studies, whose programs lead to the degrees Master of Library Science (MLS) and Master of Information Science (MIS): enquiries should be addressed to the Registrar’s Office The University of Toronto’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture recognizes some  Art courses for credit in its programs: direct enquiries about individual cases to the SALA office at 230 College Street. See also: The Real Art World: A Guide to Careers for Art History Students by Alexander Nagel and Eisee Sylvester.

Becoming an Art Historian – What degrees do I need?

With an Honours BA alone, possible careers are limited but might include journalism and publishing (particularly if combined with an English program), commercial galleries and auction houses. While some graduates of the Department have developed very successful careers as consultants, corporate and free-lance curators, and dealers, most curatorial positions and those in architectural preservation require at least an MA degree. This MA (which is described in the School of Graduate Studies’ Calendar as a 1.5-session program) may take as little as sixteen months of graduate study with careful preparation for graduate study during undergraduate years. Normally a position in higher education requires a Ph D, taking a minimum of four years of study beyond the MA.

Awards, Bursaries, and Scholarships

Scholarships are offered to  Art students by the Faculty of Arts and Science; only one of them requires application. Some awards may be made to  Art students in the Siena program; and the Teetzel grants offered to University College students in  Art are particularly noteworthy.

T.Y. Lung established this endowed scholarship in memory of Buddhist monk Chuk Mor (1913-2002) who was an educator and artist well known in the fields of Chinese poetry, Chinese painting and Chinese calligraphy.  The scholarship will be awarded to a student in a Major or Specialist program in  Art.  The student will be selected based on financial need and academic merit.

The John Wolfe McColl Memorial Awards in  Art (value approximately $800 each) are given to outstanding students in the Specialist program in  Art (History).

The Kenneth Augustus Hemblen Memorial Award in Aegean Studies (value approximately $350) is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student (in the Major or Specialist program in  Art, or some relevant Ancient Studies program, whether full- or part-time) for the best essay in Aegean studies.

The Melanie Ross Bursary for  Art History (value approximately $125) is awarded to a student enrolled in the Major or Specialist program in  Art (History) on the basis of financial need; application for this award should be made by a letter to the Chair, Department of Art, outlining the applicant’s financial need, not later than 1 April.

The Sydney Key Memorial Scholarship in  Art (value approximately $250) is given to a student entering the fourth year of the Specialist program in either  Art (History).

Information about these and other awards, scholarships and bursaries is to be found in a Faculty of Arts and Science manual, Scholarships and Other Awards, which is available in college registrars’ offices; for further details contact the Office of Admissions and Awards in the Koffler Centre (214 College Street). Information regarding the Ontario Student Assistance Program may also be obtained from Admissions and Awards (Koffler Centre) and from college registrars.

There are several scholastic awards and scholarships for Siena. The Michael and Grace LaPatriello Art History Award (value $400) is available (see “Summer School in Siena”, The University of Siena-University of Toronto Fellowship offers tuition, room, and board for one academic year to an undergraduate entering third or fourth year or to a graduate student. Applicants must have a reading and speaking knowledge of Italian, demonstrate high academic achievement, and submit a statement of intent (not more than three pages long) outlining their program of study and reasons for wishing to study in Siena, together with a transcript of their record, to Ms. Frances Houle, Woodsworth College, by early March.

Students in University College should note that the generous bequest of Mrs Rita K. Teetzel (U.C. 1912) provides for four student awards. The Teetzel Scholarship for  Art History (value $400) goes to a student entering third year and majoring or specializing in  Art (History). The Teetzel Travelling Award (up to $3000) is normally for a U.C. student–usually entering third year–majoring or specializing in  Art (History) to facilitate travel to study art (including architecture) important to the student’s area of interest; when making its decision the committee looks at the candidate’s academic record, as well as the worth and interest of the proposal. The Teetzel Scholarship for  Art History (value $750) is for a student entering fourth year and majoring or specializing in  Art (History). The Rita K. Teetzel Fellowship (value $4000) is for a student who enrols in either a graduate program in the history of art or a program of professional training in art, architecture or urban design (in a degree program at a recognized institution). Application must be made to the Registrar, University College, by 1 May for the Travelling Award or the graduate Fellowship.

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