Housed in one of the oldest art schools in the county, the program offers students the unique opportunity to develop their studies while mingling with the ghosts of (post)modernism and working side-by-side with current, practicing artists and scholars.
SFAI’s History and Theory of Contemporary Art (HTCA) programs provide an in-depth critical understanding of the history of the ideas, conditions, institutions, and discourses surrounding contemporary art and culture, and the ways that these factors inform the study, interpretation, analysis, and exhibition of art today.
The HTCA programs provide students with a thorough understanding of the long, global history of art, which is complemented by advanced, topic-based seminars in contemporary art history and theory, and by public programs designed to directly introduce students to a broad variety of transnational artists and scholars. Emphasizing research, writing, critical thinking, and methods of analysis that value cultural and social differences, HTCA prepares students to become advanced critics and scholars of art history and theory in a global context.
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From SFAI’s MA Program to UC Irvine’s Ph.D. program, scholar Sharrissa Iqbal (MA 2014) looks for meaning in the visual arts within California’s cultural context.
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