Hi! I appreciate your blog because you provide great advice about grad. school that I'm looking for. But I have a few more advice questions that I hope you can provide for me. I'm graduating with my BA in Art History. I want to attend a grad. program to further my knowledge of Art HIstory (specifically Latin American art). I'm looking at schools in both the US and UK. Do you advise studying abroad for a graduate program? and Would you recommend your program to future prospects? Thanks! -Marissa
Hi Marissa! Thanks for your question, I’m glad to hear that you want to continue studying art history and, specifically Latin American art :) There are several very good programs in the US and the top three are probably University of Texas - Austin (Andrea Giunta?!?!?! OMG!), Tulane, and University of New Mexico. Roberto Tejada recently left UT-Austin and is founding what looks to be an amazing new program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. I’m not sure if this is a PhD only program or if it also grants an MA degree. The best resource for you to check out programs right now is http://associationlatinamericanart.org/ which provides up to date info with universities and their areas of specialization. This is an amazing resource because it also lets you know which programs are MA only and which offer PhD programs.
If you’re looking at UK programs, I did my MA at University of Essex and absolutely loved it there. They have ESCALA http://www.escala.org.uk/ and is one of the only public collections of Latin American art in Europe. It was an amazing experience to be able to live overseas and gain that worldly experience (I had actually never been out of the country prior to this). I don’t regret it one bit! The department’s website is http://www.essex.ac.uk/arthistory/
Another school in the UK that is really good is University of the Arts, London http://www.arts.ac.uk/ and they have an amazing program in transnationalism and work closely with University of Essex (who also works closely with UT-Austin). Both Essex and UAL have MA and PhD programs. If you choose to go to UK, then I would have a ton more advice for you!
So, for now, I would suggest looking at the Association of Latin American Art’s website and make a list of the universities in the US that you think you’d like to apply to, decide if you could live in that city, and really explore their program, faculty, and financial aid info.
If you have any other questions, let me know, I’m happy to help!
BTW, if you’re anywhere close to Austin, UT is having a symposium later this year and loads of graduate students from all over will be there! http://blogs.utexas.edu/psla/call-for-papers-synchronicity-contacts-and-divergences-in-latin-american-and-u-s-latino-art-19th-century-to-the-present/
Hope that helps!