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Graduate Program


Students interested in graduate programs in art at the University of Rochester can apply to the visual and cultural studies PhD program or the photographic preservation and collections management master’s program.

Visual and Cultural Studies

Housed in the Department of Art and Art History, the PhD Visual and Cultural Studies (VCS) Program offers an interdisciplinary doctoral degree drawing on coursework and faculty expertise in several University of Rochester humanities departments.

Our students relate literary and cultural theory to visual culture. They also investigate the connections between cultural productions, critical theory, and society. As a result, many take additional courses in such departments as history, English, music, and philosophy.

Photographic Preservation and Collections Management

The master’s degree Photographic Preservation and Collections Management (PPCM) Program is conducted jointly by the University of Rochester and George Eastman Museum, international museum of photography and film. Working and studying alongside experts in the field, our students master the care, preservation, and interpretation of photographs within a broader humanities context.

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