As each generation of art historians contributes new research-based interpretations of artworks, the contemporary understanding of an object changes, as does the understanding of the contexts in which an artwork was made, obtained, displayed, or critiqued. In this sense, the practice of art history is an ever-unfolding conversation among scholars, made relevant to a range of audiences. The purpose of graduate study is to join the community of scholars, educators, curators and critics who keep the conversation going.
The VCUarts graduate program in art history accordingly prepares students to embark on successful careers in academia and/or museums. Coursework, museum internships, and funded research opportunities ensure that students acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and theoretical grounding to become experts in their chosen specializations. Thus, upon completing their degrees, graduate students have developed a professional portfolio relevant to their career objectives.