The program is designed to give a general knowledge of the development of art in the classical world from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity, combining this with a detailed study of one particular period and area; and an acquaintance with the contribution made by field archaeology.
It is expected that each student will be given the opportunity to visit the major sites and monuments. Students are required to pass fourteen term courses, to include four seminars; distribution may be adjusted to suit the interests of individual students. Students must demonstrate a competence in Greek and Latin, usually by passing at least one 400/700–level course in each language. They must also pass departmental examinations in German and one other modern language, usually Italian or French, by the beginning of the second year in residence. They will be admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. after passing a written and oral comprehensive examination in classical art and archaeology and by securing approval of their dissertation prospectus.