MA in Art - Concentration in Art History & Visual Culture

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As a graduate student in our visual culture program, you have the opportunity to explore visual art through an interdisciplinary perspective. Developing knowledge and skills in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies and/or Studio Art, you will analyze the visual world through historical, social and cultural lenses. Our program will prepare you for engagement in a contemporary arts world through our focus on critical and creative inquiry, learn-by-doing approach, effective written and oral communication skills, and social justice-based perspectives. You will also benefit from our smaller-sized MA program that fosters one-on-one interaction and mentorship with faculty.

Degree details

Admission requirements

Admission requirements to the MA in Art (concentration in Art History & Visual Culture)

Program Contact

Meg Griffiths

Preferred Application Deadlines

Spring - November 15
Fall - February 1

MFA/MA information session for Spring 2023-Fall 2024

  • October 18, 7 pm
  • November 7, 7 pm
  • December 5, 7 pm

Zoom meeting:

Meeting ID: 876 3023 6644
Passcode: 448463

Application Requirements

  • Prepare the following for submission into your application:
    • Letter of intent
    • Research statement
    • Current vitae or resumé
    • Email addresses for three individuals familiar with your academic capabilities, who can respond to a recommendation form to be requested through and submitted into the university application
    • Two writing samples in the field
  • Complete a video chat or in-person interview with faculty.  Please reach out to the graduate admissions coordinator, Dr. Meg Griffiths at

How to Apply

Begin by finding your program in TWU's Program, Majors & Degrees listings to see if your program has additional admission requirements and application deadlines prior to applying.  (This information is for all programs. The application deadline for your specific program will be listed in the Program Requirements.  Use that deadline as it applies below.  (Example: if a program only admits once a year and has a Fall deadline for 2023 of March 1, you would need to be looking to apply to the next deadline for Fall 2024.)

  1. Apply online.
    Apply to Graduate Programs according to the start semester and application portals below:
    • Spring 2024 - All programs apply via ApplyTexas EXCEPT applicants to the College of Business, Child Life, or Child Development master's programs or the Child Development and Early Education PhD program who should apply via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal.
      • Note: When applying through ApplyTexas, you will need to submit any required Documents directly to the program website.
    • Summer & Fall 2024 - All graduate programs apply via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal. Required documents will be asked for and uploaded into the application.

  2. Pay the application fee.
    The $50 fee, ($75 fee for International applicants), which applies to all new and returning applicants can be paid by:
    • Credit card - Online through the portal you applied on (either ApplyTexas or TWU's Online Graduate Application).
    • Certified check or money order by mail or electronically - payable to TWU, sent by mail to:
      TWU Admissions Processing, 301 Research Circle, Room 220; Denton, Texas 76204
      (include your full name and ID number).
    • Cash (no personal checks) - Pay at the Bursar's Office. After paying, bring the receipt to Admissions Processing (2nd floor of GRB).
    • Fee Waivers - Graduate applicants who are certified McNair Scholars are eligible for a McNair Scholar application Fee waiver. Submit the request using the Application Fee Waiver Submission Form.

  3. Submit transcripts to TWU.
    • Domestic Applicants must submit official transcripts for each college or university attended, both undergraduate and graduate. See the Information on Transcripts website for more details.
    • International Applicants are now required to provide an evaluation prepared by a NACES or AICE member evaluation service. International transcripts should not be sent directly to TWU.  See the International Admission website for more details.

For more information on graduate admissions or to contact an admissions official, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Students who wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship must meet the General Criteria for Appointment of Graduate Assistants.

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