Curatorial Track Ph.D. Program in Art History

The Curatorial Track Ph.D. program (CTPhD) is intended to prepare graduate students in Art History for curatorial careers in specialized art historical fields. The program is open to students who have been accepted into the department's doctoral program. Its nature is twofold: (1) a scholarly component will provide students with a thorough and intensive specialized training in graduate-level art historical studies; (2) a practical, interdisciplinary component will involve coursework in such related fields as art conservation, technical art history, and preservation studies; curatorial and museum studies; and business and non-profit management. This second component also comprises a minimum of two internships in art museums, including our program's partners: the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Walters Art Museum, among others.

Applying for the CTPhD Program

Entering the Curatorial Track is a two-step process:

  1. Students will discuss the suitability of the program for their career goals with their advisor and the Director of the CTPhD program. This discussion must result in a relevant curriculum and feasible timetable, including a plan to complete the two required museum internships.
  2. Students must submit an application to the Director of Graduate Studies for final approval. The application consists of a 500-word statement, curriculum plan, and timetable. It must be signed by both the student’s advisor and the Director of the CTPhD program prior to submission.

Students wishing to join the CTPhD program must apply no later than May 1 of their first year in the doctoral program.

Requirements for the CTPhD:

Students with a B.A. entering the Art History Direct Ph.D. program and electing to take the Curatorial Track will follow all the rules and regulations (http://www.udel.edu/ArtHistory/graduate/rules.html) of the Art History Direct Ph.D. except as follows:

  • The credit minimums and distribution for CTPhD students will be:

  • 8 courses (24 credits) in Art History graduate courses, following the same breadth requirements, etc., as the regular Art History Direct Ph.D. and 6 courses (18 credits) in CTPhD Program Courses (see below for specific distribution requirements)

  • The total minimum courses/credits for CT students in the Direct Ph.D. Program will therefore be 14 courses (42 credits), plus 3 Master's Paper credits (ARTH870), plus 9 Dissertation credits (ARTH969) = 54 credits.

Students with an M.A. entering the CTPhD follow all the rules and regulations of the Art History Ph.D. program, except as follows:

  • The credit minimums and distribution for CTPhD students will be:

  • 6 courses (18 credits) in Art History graduate courses, following the same breadth requirements, etc., as the regular Art History Ph.D. program and 6 courses (18 credits) in CTPhD Program Courses (see below for specific distribution requirements)

  • The total minimum courses/credits for CT students entering the program with an M.A. will therefore be 12 courses (36 credits), plus 9 Dissertation credits (ARTH969) = 45 credits.

Area Requirements

A minimum of 6 graduate courses (18 credits), one in each of the following six areas:

  1. Art Conservation, Technical Art History, Preservation Studies, Techniques and Materials

    Courses that fulfill this requirement will focus on such topics as: techniques and materials of paintings; examination and treatment of art objects; conservation ethics and research methods.
  2. Curatorial Studies, Museum Studies, Exhibition Courses

    Courses that fulfill this requirement will focus on such topics as: collections management; museum education; exhibition design and organization; public engagement. Newly designed courses could address issues of collecting, researching and display in museums specializing in ethnicity-related artworks, including, on the University of Delaware campus, the Paul R. Jones Collection of African American Art.
  3. Non-Profit Management, Organizations, Human Resources, Administration, Accounting, or a course in a similar area with advisor's approval

    Courses that fulfill this requirement will focus on such topics as: understanding people in organizations; ethical issues in the business environment.
  4. Elective

    One course in any area (e.g.: Material Culture Studies, Art Conservation, Business and Non-Profit Management, Art History, etc.) with the approval of the adviser and the Director of Graduate Studies.
  5. Internship A (ARTH664, max. 6 credits)

    One semester of curatorial internship in area museums (a 2-month or longer summer internship will be deemed to count as a semester).
  6. Internship B (ARTH664, max. 6 credits)

    A second semester of curatorial internship, either in the same museum as the first or in a different one (a 2-month or longer summer internship will be deemed to count as a semester).

Internship Colloquium

  • Upon completion of the second semester of the CT Internship, the student will organize a colloquium for a scholarly audience on a topic approved by the student's advisor in consultation with the museum curator who has sponsored and overseen the internship.

Doctoral Examination for the CTPhD

  • Major Field Exam will include a connoisseurship component, which, when feasible, will include original objects.

  • The Minor Field exam is not required.