An intensive program with tracks in Art Education and Art History. Students engage in intensive research and work closely with faculty mentors. They procure jobs at universities and museums and routinely secure tenure track and curatorial positions.

The Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia offers graduate study in art education, art history, and studio art. The programs, leading to the M.A., M.A.Ed., M.F.A., Ed.S., and Ph.D. degrees are described in detail in the Graduate Handbook. Graduate programs necessarily presume certain aptitudes on the part of applicants, based on documented results of previous study. Admission to graduate programs is very competitive. Successful applicants are mature, highly motivated individuals capable of sustained studio work or scholarly pursuit at an advanced level. Working under the guidance of a faculty of experienced, recognized professionals, students are encouraged to develop the self-discipline essential to productive independent study and self-realization as artists and/or scholars. Our graduate program in Studio Art is structured to foster stylistic diversity through individual exploration. There is no dominating opinion or aesthetic espoused by the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The wide variety of images and approaches present at the school attest to the healthy ferment of ideas among students and faculty. Scholarly publications in art education and art history reflect the same freedom of inquiry.

Candidates for the PhD in art are required to demonstrate competence in either history of art or art education. When appropriate, a candidate’s program of study may include courses in the theory and criticism of art and relevant areas of study outside the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The research skills requirement, in the history of art emphasis, is a reading knowledge of two foreign languages. In the art education emphasis, the research skills requirement may be met by completing a minimum of three of the specified research courses. Satisfactory completion of written and oral preliminary examinations, a dissertation demonstrating original research, and a final oral defense before an examining committee of the faculty are also required.

The Georgia Museum of Art is a significant resource for the Lamar Dodd School of Art. It has a major collection of American paintings and over 5000 works on paper from all periods. The museum sponsors a full schedule of in-house and traveling exhibitions each year.

Applicants are admitted for the fall semester. Funding is available.

The deadline for applications is January 1.

Degree Awarded: PhD

Degree Code: PHD_ARTS

School/College: Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Old College

Athens, GA 30602-1732


Academic Department: Lamar Dodd School of Art

270 River Road

Athens, GA 30602

Graduate Coordinator: Isabelle Wallace


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