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Master of Fine Arts in Design

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M.F.A. in Design Degree Requirements

Concentrations in Ceramics, Metalsmithing and Jewelry, and Textile Design

The program consists of 60 credit hours, including a thesis exhibition. Courses must be approved by the department and by the graduate faculty committee. A student may concentrate on 1 or more specializations. Students seeking the M.F.A. in design participate in a first-year review and a second-year review before beginning thesis work. The student must pass each review level to take course work applicable to the next level. Failure to pass a review results in termination of study.

A typical program in design includes

Graduate seminar in design 4-6
Directed reading in design 3
Area concentration 24
Graduate-level academic electives (Art history including HA 706 Seminar on Special Problems in Art History: Philosophy of Art, architecture, design history, or other graduate-level academic courses) 9
Electives 9
Thesis 9-11

The final departmental requirements include a thesis exhibition of the student’s work and a catalog of the exhibition. The catalog must include a statement about the work with particular relevance to the exhibit and a visual record of the exhibition. An oral examination covering the exhibition is required.

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