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Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art

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M.F.A. in Visual Art Degree Requirements

Concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Expanded Media, Fibers, Metalsmithing and Jewelry, Printmaking, and Sculpture

The graduate program consists of 60 semester hours of graduate credit, including thesis exhibition, in courses approved by the graduate director and the graduate thesis committee. A student may concentrate in one or more specializations. When the student has completed 2 semesters, the faculty selection and review committee reviews the student’s work. The graduate director gives the student a written assessment of progress, signed by the committee. At the end of the third semester, the same committee conducts a thesis review that determines whether the student is prepared to begin thesis work, needs additional course work, or is to be dropped from the program.

Upon approval by the review committee, the candidate begins work toward the thesis. Students not receiving approval may continue to work toward the next review unless denied by the committee. A student who is approved for thesis work may enroll in Thesis in Art. Before thesis enrollment, the student selects a graduate thesis committee consisting of three members of the graduate art faculty. The committee advises the student, conducts regularly scheduled reviews of the work, and determines whether the requirements for the thesis have been completed. The graduate director must approve the membership of the graduate thesis committee.

The final departmental requirements are

  • A thesis exhibition of the student’s work,
  • An oral examination, and
  • A thesis folio of the exhibition.

The thesis folio includes a statement written by the candidate concerning the work and a visual record of the exhibition. The department reserves the option of selecting and retaining one example of each graduate student’s work. Upon enrolling, the student automatically accepts these requirements and conditions.

Required Courses (60 credit hours)

Seminar 12
Concentration 23
Studio or general electives 6
Graduate-level academic electives 9
Thesis 10

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