Master 2 Dual degree Columbia university

Le département d'Histoire de l'art et archéologie de Columbia university et l'UFR 03 - Histoire de l'art et archéologie de l'université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne à Paris offrent un double diplôme de Master. Ce dual degree, qui repose sur la force du programme Alliance, permet à Columbia university et à l'université Paris 1 de proposer un enseignement supérieur transatlantique dans le domaine de l'Histoire de l'art. Le programme du double master offre aux étudiants l'occasion unique d'étudier dans deux des meilleures formations mondiales en la matière.

Les étudiants participant à ce programme passent un semestre au sein de l'université partenaire dans le courant de leur M2. Les étudiants de Columbia university voyagent lors du premier semestre, tandis que les étudiants de l'université Paris 1 passent leur second semestre à Columbia. Dans le cadre du semestre dans leur institution d'origine, les étudiants suivent le cursus prévu ; à l'étranger, ils suivent un cursus spécifique, tout en répondant aux exigences du mémoire de master de leur université d'appartenance.

Il est à noter que la charge de travail pour les étudiants participant à ce programme de double diplomation est sensiblement plus importante que pour les étudiants en Master " simple " de Columbia university ou de l'université Paris 1, à la hauteur des exigences légitimes de ce programme transatlantique.

Si l'étudiant répond aux exigences de validation des quatre semestres du programme de Master (M1 et M2), deux diplômes lui seront délivrés : d'une part, le M.A. in Art history ou le M.A. Critical Studies de Columbia university et, d'autre part, le master Histoire de l'art de l'université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Information sur le cursus à Columbia University

During the dual degree semester, each student would take: the required MA colloquium in curatorial studies plus three elective classes, including 4000-level lecture classes, or (by application) a Ph.D. seminar. Courses may be taken within the Art History Department at the graduate or 4000-level. Undergraduate courses will not be offered for credit in this program. Students will submita thesis of at least 60 pages. This topic of the thesis work can be in any field of art history.During their semester at Columbia, the dual degree students will be supervised by the faculty dual degree coordinator (normally Frédérique Baumgartner). The academic supervisor of the students will be chosen among the Columbia faculty depending on their topic of interest. Close contact with their faculty director / supervisor at Paris 1 will be maintained and insured by the faculty supervisor(s) at Columbia.


Each student will plan the elective portion of his or her own curriculum with the dual degree coordinator's assistance (Frédérique Baumgartner / Alain Duplouy). Strong emphasis will be placed on choosing elective courses explicitly organized around issues of collecting and display. Cases may also be made, however, for the relevance of courses whose subject is defined by period or geography.

Similarly, dual degree students are expected to prepare theses on subjects involving collections, collecting, and display.  Both the choice of the thesis topic and the composition of the MA thesis jury for the Paris students will be a shared decision between the Paris 1 and Columbia supervisors.

To be considered for admission to the dual degree program students should submit a statement of no more than 500 words explaining how the program will advance their career goals and present evidence of language skills necessary for graduate level work, as well as a letter of recommendation.

Applications will be considered by a small committee chaired by the Chair of the Department in close consultation with the counterpart program advisor at the other institution, in accordance with the regulations of the home university.


Paris 1 students will pay Paris 1 tuition and fees while they are enrolled in the MA program at Paris 1 and when they are enrolled for one semester at Columbia University. Paris 1 students registered at Columbia must pay (1) the fee for the International Student and Scholar Office and (2) either purchase Columbia Health Insurance or show that they have comparable coverage before they can waive the Columbia insurance at the beginning of each semester. Students also will be responsible for arranging their own housing in New York.

 MA Curatorial Colloquium

This program is founded on the conviction that critics engaged with modern and contemporary art need to understand curatorial strategies and that curators must be able to write with full knowledge of critical theory. Taking advantage of both Columbia's location in one of the world's major centers for the production and display of modern art, and the department's close ties with the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and other institutions, the program immerses students in the art world of New York City.

At the heart of the program are the two MA colloquia described below. The MA Critical Colloquium, required of all students in the program and taken in the first term of study, is designed to explore issues of historical and critical method by focusing on them through the lens of a particular area of concern within the modernist field. These "lenses" will change from year to year, but an example would be the rise of photography within modernism. Another example might be notions of "primitivism," which would encompass discussion of ethnographic models in contemporary art; or contemporary architecture and theories of urbanism. The structure of the colloquium combines reading and analysis of texts by the major theorists and critics, among them several members of the department faculty. The MA Curatorial Colloquium, required of all students in the program and taken in the second semester of study, focuses on the theory and practice of museum and gallery display and is taught through consortorial arrangements with institutions in New York City, including MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In addition to department faculty, curators from MoMA, the Whitney, the International Center for Photography, and other institutions regularly participate in the colloquium.


Directrice des études : Sophie CRAS (Maîtresse de conférences)

Gestionnaire administratif de la formation : Denis GARDENET

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