napoleon87 Posted October 2, 2012 Share Posted October 2, 2012 Hello, I'm new to the forum and the application process in general, so apologies if these questions have been covered. I wonder if anyone might be able to talk to me about how narrow my intended course of study should be when I'm applying to MA programs. I was an Art History minor for undergrad at a large university. My AH coursework wasn't extensive, though I did study abroad twice (Oxford and Siena) and took AH courses specific to those areas. My interests primarily center around 19th century French painting (I spent a fair amount of time in Paris growing up, not sure if I should mention this), but I also want to strengthen my understanding of the canon of AH and am open to the idea that I may discover knew areas of interest. My first question is this: How focused should my intended research area be on my statement of purpose? Can I propose multiple areas of study/express alternate curiosities? Will professors be interested in working with a candidate who is exploring topics on her own, rather than having formal undergraduate guidance? Given my above questions, I plan to spend quite a bit of my time catching up on reading. Can anyone provide suggestions of absolutely essential pre-MA reading? For reference, I have been working in the art world (auction house, though in dec arts) for the past three years and I'm applying to MA programs with the intention of continuing to a PhD program. I know I have quite a bit of work to do, so I'm giving myself the next year to prepare my applications. I really appreciate any guidance you can provide. Thanks! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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