The Lamar Dodd School of Art offers the PhD degree in both Art History and Art Education.

PhD Degree

Doctor of Philosophy in Art (Ph.D.) Art History Emphasis

Home to nine faculty members with specialties that range from Classical Antiquity to Contemporary Visual Culture, the Art History area is committed to training doctoral students broadly while developing significant depth in the student’s field of choice. To that end, graduate-level coursework in Art History is divided between small, advanced lecture courses and intimate seminars on highly specialized topics. Taken as a whole, these courses, when coupled with a required course in historiography and methods, aim to develop researchers of the highest caliber, in full command of the specialized skills required by the discipline of art history.

Doctoral students benefit from the area’s close ties to the Georgia Museum of Art and the nearby resources of the High Museum and the Contemporary in Atlanta. They also take advantage of significant programming on campus, including a student-run lecture series that brings several outstanding art historians to campus each year. In addition, students benefit from a wide variety of activities organized by students and faculty in the School of Art, most notably the Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series.

Students graduating with a PhD in Art History routinely procure jobs at universities and museums and currently hold tenure track and curatorial positions.


All full-time doctoral students in Art History are currently funded and doctoral students are encouraged to apply annually for supplemental funding to support participation in conferences and special travel related to thesis research. Sources include the Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts, the Graduate School, Dodd Scholarships and Awards, and the Art History Area Support Fund. Find more information here

Doctor of Philosophy in Art (Ph.D.) Art Education Emphasis


PHD candidate for Art Education Kira Hegeman completing field work

The Art Education program at the Lamar Dodd School of Art is grounded in critical, experiential, and interdisciplinary inquiry. Faculty and students benefit from close proximity to the Georgia Museum of Art, partnerships with schools and community organizations in diverse settings, and the expertise of renowned studio and art history faculty within the School of Art. As a community of art educators we explore the intersections of contemporary art, histories of art education, visual culture, service-learning, social justice, and digital technology. Graduates are encouraged to be innovators who challenge the status quo through locally and globally transformative practices.

A Doctor of Philosophy in Art degree with an emphasis in Art Education is the highest degree offered by the area of Art Education. The culmination of the degree is the acceptance of a doctoral dissertation that demonstrates that the student is capable of doing independent and original research that contributes to the body of knowledge in the field. Admission to the program requires experience in art education or related teaching experience. Candidates for the degree will demonstrate competence in academic writing, research methodologies and contemporary theories and practices in art education and related disciplines. The specific sequence of courses for each candidate will depend on his or her area of interest and previous coursework. Admission to candidacy is granted at the completion of a minimum of thirty hours of coursework, satisfying the research skills requirement, approval of the dissertation prospectus, and satisfactory performance on the written and oral components of the comprehensive exam.

Applications are considered every semester. See guidelines and due dates on the University of Georgia Graduate School website. For more information about graduate programs at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, contact our Graduate Office.

To see a list of recently completed theses and dissertations, click here.