Art History Dual Degree Program

MSLS/MA and MSIS/MA

SILS and UNC's Department of Art offer a dual degree program that will prepare students to take on professional library and information professional positions in museums, art libraries, and visual resource centers in cities, colleges, and universities around the country. The program draws on the shared interests of librarians and art historians in areas such as the preservation and documentation of works, the management and development of art collections, and the indexing, abstracting, and classification of these collections. As museums and galleries move toward digital repositories and greater Web presence, art institutions are also looking for individuals who are cognizant of the correct use of newly emerging technologies in information and library science, while also understanding the peculiar challenges and opportunities offered by working in the field of art and art history.

The program is designed to be completed in three academic years with students applying to both SILS and the Department of Art in the same year. Most students would matriculate first in SILS, deferring entrance into the Department of Art for one year. Throughout the program, students take courses in both SILS and the Department of Art. The first year focuses on SILS courses, while the second year concentrates on art history seminars. The third year of study is also divided between the two programs. Students are assigned an advisor in each of the programs that will assist them in planning a course of study that fits with each individual's interests and educational goals. Students will take a minimum of 67 credits for the two degrees combined.

UNC Art Department

The art history program at the UNC Department of Art is the primary center for teaching, research, and graduate education in this field in the southeastern United States. Housed in the Hanes Art Center, the Art Department is home to the nearly 100,000 titles, 270,000 slides and 60,000 photographs of the Joseph C. Sloane Art Library as well as an increasing digital collection. Students also have access to the over 15,000 art objects housed in The Ackland Art Museum as well as the many museums, galleries, and art libraries of the Triangle region.