Master of Arts in Art History

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Master of Arts in Art History2020-09-09T04:19:44+00:00

Why Study MA in Art History?

Our Master of Arts in Art History (MAAH) programme is the first MA in Hong Kong to focus on art history. It provides advanced training for students and specialists pursuing either academic study in art history or professional careers in museum, curatorial, and other art-related fields.

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Programme Structure

  • One year full time

  • Weekdays courses

  • 6 courses + 10,000 word MA dissertation

  • Courses on Asian and western art, from early periods to contemporary

Programme Timeline

MA Dissertation


The supervisor may be a full-time or part-time teacher in the Department of Art History if that teacher has appropriate expertise. Alternatively, the supervisor may be a museum professional or art historian outside the university if s/he has appropriate expertise in the student’s chosen topic. All MA dissertations are examined by the supervisor and by a second examiner who may be a teacher in the department or an outside expert.

Past Topics

  • The Efficacy of the Vimalakīrti Sūtra in Sixth-Century China as Seen through Mogao Cave 249, Dunhuang
  • Re-inventing Helen: Eleanor Antin’s Helen’s Odyssey
  • Art of Translation in the Age of the Altermodern
  • Emperor Qianlong in the Making of the Qing World
  • Imagery of Efficacy: A Daoist Frontispiece by Liang Kai of the Southern Song Dynasty
  • Landscape and National identity – the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth Century
  • Beyond the Mirror: Tang Chang’s Self Portraits as Anti-Canonical Resistance


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What is the difference between an MPhil programme and an MA programme?2020-06-18T08:56:33+00:00

The MPhil is a research-focused degree. The award of this degree mainly depends on the thesis completed within the given study period. An MPhil thesis should be on a well-defined topic, at a standard considerably higher than that of an MA dissertation. The few required MPhil courses are designed to enhance students’ teaching and research skills. They are of a qualifying nature, which means they are assessed on a pass/fail basis and not be counted towards the assessment of the degree itself. On the other hand, the MA is a taught master’s degree, which focuses more on coursework.

What kind of MA candidates are we looking for?2020-02-25T05:09:11+00:00

We are looking for applicants with art history background and professionals who are already working in art-related fields. But we will also consider applicants with a strong academic foundation and significant art-related experience even though they are coming from another field of study or work.

Does the Department offer a part-time MA option?2020-02-25T05:13:46+00:00

At the moment we only offer full-time option and all our classes are in day time and weekdays. Please stay tuned on our website for further updates.

How long should the academic writing sample be?2020-02-25T05:14:35+00:00

Please submit a piece of no more than 5,000 words (including footnotes and bibliography). Ideally, the piece should be in the format of a research essay. The topic should relate to some aspects of art history (if not, in the field of humanities).


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