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M.F.A. Program in Art

A Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Art degree is offered in ceramics, digital media, graphics, painting, and sculpture. This program is intended for students who have demonstrated ability for independent work of high quality in one of the four fields.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
  • Demonstrate the potential to pursue graduate study successfully, that is, have attained a minimum undergraduate grade average of B in Art courses and a minimum grade average of B- in the undergraduate record as a whole.
  • Have earned a minimum of 33 undergraduate credits in Art. This total must include one 3-credit survey course in Art History and 6 additional credits in Art History.
  • Complete an interview with the Department and submit a portfolio and/or photographs or slides of recent work.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from college instructors.
  • If conditionally admitted, satisfy the conditions within one year.
  • Personal Interview. An appointment for a personal interview with the graduate coordinator and adviser can be arranged through the Art Department Office after the application for admission has been filed and approved.
  • Applicants will then need to present examples of their work—either originals, photographs, or color transparencies—for final approval.
  • Applicants will be reviewed by the department's M.F.A. Committee.
  • Upon acceptance, the student and his/her work will be reviewed each semester by the M.F.A. Committee, which is authorized to approve or refuse continued study in the program or to place a student on probation. Each case of probation will be subsequently reviewed at mid-semester.

Degree Requirements

Students must select an area of specialization from among ceramics, digital media, graphics, painting, and sculpture. They must earn 12 credits in their area of specialization and 12 credits in electives, plus 9 credits in Art History. In addition, Master's Project ART 748 and 750 must be taken in the student's area of specialization for a total of 12 credits in the final two semesters of the program. Electives will be selected (in consultation with the Graduate Adviser) from among ART 702, 704, 710, 738, 740, and 742, and from courses in digital media, graphics, painting, and sculpture (in those areas outside the student's own specialization).

Students must elect the following areas as part of the first 18 credits toward the M.F.A. degree: 6 credits in Art History (any of the offerings), 6 credits in electives, and 6 credits in their area of specialization. Once a student has completed the first 18 credits in the program, the Department will conduct a review of the work and determine the student's eligibility to continue in the M.F.A. program.

Last modified: 7/14/2014

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