Jun 25, 2024  
2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 

Art M.F.A.

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Admission Requirements

A student working toward the M.F.A. in Art may select a major in ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, or graphic design. Applicants for the program leading to this degree must hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art (or an equivalent degree) from an accredited university.

To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must submit for approval 20 slides of their work, a statement of intent, a resumé, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. These materials should be sent directly to the Department of Art. The application for admission, request for graduate assistantship, and an additional set of original transcripts should be sent directly to the Graduate College.

To enter the program, the student should have a baccalaureate in the field in which he or she expects to major and should have completed at least 60 hours in art and art history as a requirement for that degree. A student with less than 60 hours must enroll in undergraduate courses until this requirement is met.

Degree Requirements

Sixty credit hours are required to complete the degree. Approximately six regular semesters are necessary to cover requirements and prepare for the final exhibition. The M.F.A. candidate must be a full-time student (nine credits per semester).

Students with a Master of Arts degree must complete a minimum of 45 credits beyond the M.A. in the M.F.A. program. The student’s committee and the graduate coordinator will determine the exact number of credits to be taken.

After completing approximately three semesters, or thirty credit hours, in the M.F.A. program, the candidate’s work must be submitted to a committee for re-evaluation. The committee, selected by the major professor and the student, determines if the student’s progress meets the standards required for advancement to candidacy. The student’s committee determines the requirements for the degree with the following exceptions:

  1. Six hours of ART 721 - Graduate Faculty Studio , Graduate Faculty Studio (taken in the first and second semester of entering the program).
  2. Graduate students are required, unless exempted by their committee, to take nine hours of art history classes, art history seminars, theory classes or directed reading.
  3. Six hours of ART 720 - Graduate Projects , Seminar in Studio Practices (starting with the Fall semester in which the student enters the program).
  4. Four hours of   (last semester).
  5. The remaining thirty-eight hours needed for graduation will be determined by advisement of the candidate’s committee.

Thesis Exhibition

The thesis is an exhibition of the student’s work done specifically to meet this requirement. The thesis exhibition must have the approval of the student’s committee. After advancement to candidacy, students must complete a comprehensive project consisting of an exhibition of a representative body of creative work and a statement (2,000-word minimum) regarding the intent and underlying conceptualization.

Final Examination

The final examination is oral and covers the intent and underlying conception of the student’s comprehensive project. This examination is prepared and conducted by the student’s graduate committee. Two copies of a sheet of 35mm slides of work in the exhibition, along with two copies of the 2,000 word minimum statement, must be presented to the department during the exhibition for permanent record.

The following classes will be scheduled subject to faculty availability, student enrollment, and program requirements.

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