Master of Fine Arts Degree

APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15

Degree requirements:

Sixty (60) credit hours from the following:

3 credit hours Graduate Tutorial - Art 722 (required 3 credits)
3 credit hours Theory and Criticism - Art 737 (required 3 credits, may be repeated for up to 6 credits)
3 credit hours Directed Readings - Art 747 (required 3 credits, may be repeated for up to 6 credits)
6 credit hours Seminar in the Visual Arts - Art 698 (required 6 credits)
6 credit hours Graduate Intermedia - Art 642 (required 6 credits)
24 credit hours Graduate Studio Practice - Art 710 (required 24 credits)
3 credit hours Graduate Exhibition - Art 777 (required 3 credits)
3 credit hours Community Service in the Arts - Art 790 (required 3 credits, may be repeated for up to 6 credits)
3 credit hours electives (required 3 credits, may be repeated for up to 6 credits)

Recommended Course of Study:

The following recommended course of study is intended to be flexible allowing students to focus on individual needs. It is highly advised that students plan two semesters at 12 credit hours, and four semesters at 9 credit hours, taking into consideration the time demands of their Mid-way and Thesis exhibition presentation semesters. Recommended Course of Study minimum requirements in bold; additional credit options in italics.

First Year:
Fall Semester (9 credits)
Graduate Tutorial (ART 722 - 3 credits)
Graduate Studio Practice (ART 710 - 3 credits)
Seminar in the Visual Arts (ART 698 - 3 credits)

*(Establish Committee)
Spring Semester (12 credits)
Graduate Studio Practice (ART 710 - 3 credits)
Graduate Inter-media Studio (ART 642 - 3 credits)
Two of the following (total 6 credits):

Theory and Criticism (ART 737 - 3 credits), Community Service in the Arts (ART 790 - 3 Credits), Directed Readings (ART 747 - 3 Credits), Elective (3 credits)

Second Year:
Fall Semester (9 credits)
Graduate Studio Practice (ART 710 - 3 credits)
Seminar in the Visual Arts (ART 698 - 3 credits)

One of the following (3 credits):

Community Service in the Arts (ART 790 - 3 Credits), Directed Readings (ART 747 - 3 Credits), Elective (3 credits)

*(Mid-way Progress Exhibition - Advancement to Candidacy)
Spring Semester (12 credits)
Graduate Studio Practice (ART 710 - 3 credits)
Graduate Inter-media Studio (ART 642 - 3 credits)

Two of the following (6 credits):

Theory and Criticism (ART 737 - 3 Credits), Community Service in the Arts (ART 790 - 3 Credits), Directed Readings (ART 747 - 3 Credits), Elective (3 credits)

Third Year:
Fall Semester (9 credits)
Graduate Studio Practice (ART 710 - 6 credits)
One of the following (3 credits):

Directed Readings (ART 747 - 3 Credits), Elective (3 Credits)

Spring Semester (9 credits)
Graduate Studio Practice (ART 710 - 6 credits)
Graduate Exhibition (ART 777 - 3 credits)

*(Written Thesis Paper and Oral Defense)

Course Descriptions:

Intermedia - Art 642 (3 credits)
Emphasis on interdisciplinary issues and techniques in studio production. Prerequisites: graduate standing in art.

Seminar in Visual Arts - Art 698 (3 credits)
Critical dialogue dealing with the relationship of the student's artwork to contemporary issues. Prerequisites: graduate standing in art.

Graduate Studio Practice - Art 710 (3 credits)
Directed individual studio production with choice of medium and faculty. May be repeated. Prerequisite: graduate standing in art.

Graduate Tutorial - Art 722 (3 credits)
Individual problems in the studio with scheduled visits by all department faculty. Cannot be repeated. Prerequisite: graduate standing in art.

Theory and Criticism - Art 737 (3 credits)
Aspects of art criticism and theory, and their influence on art making in the 19 th , 20 th , and 21 st centuries. May be repeated with change of subject up to 6 credits.

Directed Reading - Art 747 (3 credits)
Topic-based readings culminating in discussion and writing related to the development of student's artwork in preparation for MFA Thesis Project. Specifics agreed upon by student and faculty. May be repeated up to 6 credits.

Graduate Exhibition - Art 777 (3 credits)
Individual tutorial for graduate exhibition; completion of thesis paper. To be taken in final semester. May not be repeated. Prerequisite: graduate standing in art.

Community Service in the Arts - Art 790 (3 credits)
Individual, supervised volunteer experience in museum/gallery management, preparatory work, arts administration and/or arts activism. May be repeated up to 6 credits. Prerequisite: graduate standing in art.

MFA Committees:

A list of the chosen MFA committee members must be filed with the MFA Graduate Director by the end of the first term enrolled as a MFA student. Candidates must choose one Department of Art faculty member to serve as the MFA committee chair and advisor, two additional department faculty to serve as committee members, and a fourth committee member from outside the Department of Art.

It is the responsibility of each candidate to arrange and meet committee members throughout the span of the MFA program. It is required that MFA students meet with their MFA committee, either as a group or individually, at least once per semester when enrolled as a MFA candidate. It is highly recommended that additional meetings be scheduled on a periodic basis. It is the responsibility of the candidate to be aware of a faculty member's inability to serve on committees during faculty or sabbatical leave; the candidate must arrange for an appropriate substitute.

Required Exhibitions (Mid-Way Advancment to Candidacy and Thesis):

The MFA program requires a public exhibition of a cohesive body of work after 30 credit hours to confirm the student's eligibility for advancement to MFA candidacy (Mid-way Progress). At the conclusion of 60 credit hours a public solo thesis exhibition must be presented.

MFA candidates are responsible for all aspects of the Progress and Thesis exhibitions. This includes publicity, installation, reception, documentation, takedown, and clean up. The candidate's MFA committee chair and members review exhibitions, written thesis, and oral examination; full Department of Art graduate faculty consultation is required for the mid-way progress and thesis exhibitions.

MFA students are free and encouraged to take advantage of other exhibition opportunities on or off campus.

MFA Thesis Paper:

The thesis paper must be a minimum of 4000 words in length, excluding bibliography, and follow standard academic paper guidelines (MLA or Chicago Manual Style).
The thesis paper should place the candidates work within contemporary arts practice and theory, address antecedents and express a thorough analysis and understanding of the candidate's creative endeavors.
The style, format and content of the thesis paper should derive from close consultation with the student's MFA committee, and through course work in the MFA Seminar in Visual Arts/Art 698.