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MFA in Studio Art


Degree Requirements

  • 36 credit hours of approved graduate work. Additional studio (or art history) courses may be required to attain maturity and proficiency and to complete satisfactorily the comprehensives and thesis. The number and kinds of additional courses will be stipulated by the admissions committee at the time of admission. 
  • One public oral examination after completion of each semester of ARTS-797 Master’s Thesis Seminar and mandatory attendance at all MFA in Studio Art public oral examinations.
  • A thesis exhibition of original works of art in the student’s area of specialization executed independently by the student in consultation with a thesis committee of two or three faculty members. Written and photographic documentation of approved thesis is also required. 
  • Mandatory attendance at all visiting artist lectures and critiques.

Course Requirements

Areas of Specialization

Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, or Installation 

  • ARTS-600 Twentieth Century Art Theory (3) 
  • ARTS-601 Contemporary Art Theory (3)
  • ARTS-660 Research Practicum (3)
  • ARTS-661 Professional Practices (3)
  • ARTS-797 Master’s Thesis Seminar (3) (12 credit hours total) 
  • 3 credit hours from the following: 
  • graduate art history (ARTH) course 
  • COMM-511 History of Documentary (3) 
  • COMM-517 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema (3) 
  • COMM-520 History of Animation (3) 
  • COMM-527 History of Photography (3) 
  • COMM-558 Survey of American Cinema (3) 
  • 6 credit hours from the following studio courses: 
  • ARTS-620 Advanced Printmaking (3) 
  • ARTS-630 Advanced Sculpture (3) 
  • ARTS-660 Research Practicum (3) 
  • ARTS-661 Professional Practices (3) 
  • ARTS-670 Composing with Media (3) 
  • 3 credit hours from other graduate course approved by the department chair  

Area of Specialization

Multimedia 

  • ARTS-600 Twentieth Century Art Theory (3) 
  • ARTS-601 Contemporary Art Theory (3) 
  • ARTS-610 Multimedia Seminar (3) (6 credit hours total) 
  • ARTS-797 Master’s Thesis Seminar (3) (12 credit hours total) 
  • COMM-516 Topics in Film and Media Arts (3): The Radical Image 
  • approved graduate course (3) 
  • 3 credit hours from the following: 
  • graduate art history (ARTH) course 
  • COMM-511 History of Documentary (3) 
  • COMM-517 History of Cross-Cultural Cinema (3) 
  • COMM-520 History of Animation (3) 
  • COMM-527 History of Photography (3) 
  • COMM-558 Survey of American Cinema (3) 
  • 3 credit hours from the following: 
  • ARTS-660 Research Practicum (3) 
  • ARTS-661 Professional Practices (3) 
  • COMM-631 Film and Video Production I (4) 
  • COMM-634 Film and Video Production II (4) 
  • COMM-650 Digital Imaging (3) 
  • COMM-652 Web Studio (3) 
  • COMM-654 Motion Graphics and Effects I (3)