Courses

The MFA Studio Art is a 36-credit curriculum. You have an option of completing your studies on a 2-year or 3-year track. Candidates move through the program as a cohort; students are enrolled in a Thesis course each semester. During the first year, students take Thesis, Research Practicum, and 20th century theory, and contemporary theory and criticism. Students have opportunities to take graduate level courses throughout the university in support of their studio practice.

Our Visiting Artist Program brings artists from across the country and world to work with MFA candidates. Each artist gives a lecture and engages with students through individual studio visits and group discussions.

Course Descriptions

ARTS-620: Advanced Printmaking (3)

May be repeated for credit. Individual projects in printmaking with emphasis on the investigation of contemporary art issues. Students develop a suite of prints or other related investigations in tandem with their advanced studio work—or based on a theme of their choosing in consultation with the instructor. Usually offered every other term. Prerequisite: ARTS-463 or ARTS-464, admission to MFA program, or permission of the instructor.

ARTS-630: Advanced Sculpture (3)

May be repeated for credit. Individual projects in sculpture. Students explore formal and critical issues concerning two- or three-dimensional work. Students are encouraged to manifest ideas three-dimensionally with respect to the environment or installation of their work. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: ARTS-440, admission to MFA program, or permission of the instructor. ARTS-660: Research Practicum I (3)Studio practice as research and its context. Students explore the process of developing, proposing, and planning visual works in various media. The emphasis of this practicum, which can operate as an extension of students' studio practice, is on creating a series of related work. Usually Offered every term.

ARTS-600: Twentieth Century Art Theory (3)

A contextual analysis of contemporary issues in art as a development of critical thinking throughout the twentieth century. This course presents a theoretical and philosophical consideration of the development of critical, cultural, and social dialogs defining art and practice from the advent of Modernism through its institutionalization and the eventual rise of post-Modernism. Includes figuration, abstraction, formalism, spirituality, universalism, the art object, the art original, myth, authorship, allegory, conceptualism, the capitalist impulse, colonialism, authenticity, and the role of audience. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: admission to MFA program, or permission of instructor.

ARTS-601: Contemporary Art Theory (3)

A theoretical and philosophical consideration of art practices. A detailed analysis of contemporary and cultural studies including post-colonialism, gender, globalization, positioning painting, the state of art and emerging trends in contemporary art. Students evaluate the relationship between artists and the writer/critic. The course introduces students to a broad range of critical thinking and to develop their skills in verbal and textual analysis. Students consider the relationship of their art to contemporary rhetoric. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: admission to MFA. program, or permission of instructor.

ARTS-670: Expanded Media Studio

This course explores cross-disciplinary use of digital photography, video, sound, performance, media installation, and social practice. Each student develops individual artistic expression and conceptual approach to creating a coherent art project. Students become familiar with a variety of digital and time-based contemporary art forms and their technologies and discourses, while engaging in critical thinking and dialogue. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: admission to MFA program, or permission of instructor.

ARTS-797: Master's Thesis Seminar (3)

Independent work toward students' thesis exhibition and written thesis statements. Consult the department for registration and participation requirements. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: MFA candidate with permission of department chair. Usually offered every term.