Master of Arts in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism (Online)

The online M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism is a two-year, 36-unit program that offers a specialized education in modern art history integrated with contemporary theory and criticism. This online art history degree moves beyond appreciation to cultivate expertise through a framework of aesthetic understanding and scholarly analysis. The course of study culminates in the completion of a written thesis. Part-time or full-time study is allowed. Courses are offered in an online format.

Foreign Language Requirement

Before completing the M.A. program, students must be able to demonstrate reading level equivalency in a modern foreign language. This may be accomplished by passing ART 560 (offered by the Department of Art) or by passing the CLEP or FLATS translation exam in a modern foreign (and oral) language.

We accept all oral, modern foreign languages offered by a CLEP or FLATS exam. Sign language (ASL) does not fulfill this requirement. Contact the Learning Enrichment Center at APU for more information about cost, registering for the CLEP or FLATS exams, and to confirm the language tests offered. The FLATS exam must be taken on the APU campus; the CLEP exam must be taken at a designated testing facility. Note that students are not allowed to take the CLEP exam in their last semester at APU. Grading of the FLATS exam can take up to two months.


ART 550History of 19th-Century Art, Criticism, and Theory3
ART 555History of 20th-Century Art, Criticism, and Theory3
ART 565Methodologies of Art History3
ART 570Theories and Practices of Abstraction3
ART 575Writing Art Criticism3
ART 576The Modern Object3
ART 577Visual Culture3
ART 600Regional Modernism3
ART 605Modernism and the Museum3
ART 615Modernism and Religion3
ART 618M.A. Thesis I: Research3
ART 625M.A. Thesis II: Writing3
Optional Foreign Language Course 1
ART 560Reading and Translating French3
Total Units36