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Art History & Education (PHD) - Art and Visual Culture Educ 
Program Description

63 units beyond the MA degree are required to complete the Doctor of Philosophy in Art History and Education degree, including 18 units of dissertation research and 45 units of coursework. Candidates are expected to complete a master's degree before entering the PhD program.

The Art History and Education PhD provides an interdisciplinary, theoretically informed, methodologically diverse two track PhD program: with one track in Art History and one in Art and Visual Culture Education. Graduates will be prepared to contribute to research, theory, and practice within their respective fields in university, museum, community, and other arts leadership positions.

The PhD track in Art and Visual Culture Education (AVCE) prepares artist/teacher/researchers who contribute to the research, creative scholarship, knowledge, theory, and practice of art and visual culture education in university, school, museum, community, or other arts leadership positions.  The program is focused on contemporary intersections of art, visual culture, and education in all settings.

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Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Art

College of Fine Arts  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Megan Bartel
Graduate Program Coordinator
Megan Bartel
Director of Graduate Studies
Karen M Zimmermann
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Abraham Edward Cooper
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Application Prerequisites:

Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Applicants must also hold a recognized Master’s degree in Art Education, Studio Art, Art History, or Education. If your degree is in another area, please contact an Art and Visual Culture Education faculty member to discuss your application.

Current University of Arizona AVCE M.A. students are expected to meet the same admission criteria and requirements, and should be aware that admission to the doctoral program is highly competitive.

Application Requirements:

Through the Graduate Admissions Application you will have the ability to upload various requirements for consideration by the admission committee. For this application you will be asked to submit the following:

  • Please combine the following items into a single document (maximum file size: 5 MB) in the order shown below:
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Writing or Research Sample
  • Transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended.  For initial evaluation purposes, you may attach scans of official or unofficial transcripts.
  • The names and contact information for 3 referees who will be submitting Letters of Recommendation on your behalf.  All letters of recommendation must be received by the application deadline and must be from faculty members that can speak about your academic and research ability and potential for graduate studies.  The preferred method to receive letters of recommendation is through the web-based Graduate Admissions Application. If, however, this is not possible, letters can be sent to:

    Graduate Program
    School of Art
    University of Arizona
    P.O. Box 210002
    Tucson, AZ 85721

GRE scores are not required.

Standardized Tests

International Students Only:
Minimum TOEFL: 550
Minimum IELTS: 7

Financial Aid

The School of Art offers fee waivers, scholarships, fellowships and graduate assistantships for graduate students in good standing. These awards are competitive and assigned during both fall and spring semesters.
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Admissions Deadlines
  • Fall: January 10
  • Spring: September 15
International Conditional Admission
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 2399, 2499, 2401, 3101, 3003, 3502, 3601, 3602, 3903, 3906, 3999, 5199, 5107, 5101

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minumum credits: 63
Language requirements: No language requirement.

Minor Requirements

9 unit minor required.

For those pursuing an Art and Visual Culture Education minor, the AVCE minor requires 9 units of coursework, as approved by the minor advisor. The minor advisor must be an Art and Visual Culture Education, tenure or tenure- track faculty member. 

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Last revised 21 Aug 2019