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M.F.A. in Visual Art Degree Requirements

Concentrations in:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing/Painting
  • Expanded Media
  • Printmaking
  • Metalsmithing/Jewelry
  • Textiles/Fibers
  • Sculpture

The graduate program consists of 60 semester hours in graduate credit, including thesis exhibition, in courses approved by the graduate director, area advisor and the graduate thesis committee. A student may concentrate in one or more specializations. When the student has completed 24 hours, they participate in a first-year review, which is conducted towards the end of the first year. At the end of the third semester, the same committee conducts a thesis review that determines whether the student is ready to begin thesis work, needs additional course work, or is to be dropped from the program. The student must pass the two reviews before beginning thesis work. If the student fails to pass a review, the review committee may grant a re-review option for the following semester. Failure to pass a review or re-review will result in termination of study. After each review, the graduate director gives the student a written assessment of progress, signed by the committee.

Required Courses
(60 credit hours)
Seminar 12
Graduate Level Academic 9
Concentration 23
Studio or General Electives 6
Thesis 10

Upon approval by the review committee, the candidate begins work toward the thesis. A student who is approved for thesis work may enroll in Thesis in Visual Art after completing 47 credit hours. Before thesis enrollment, the student selects a graduate thesis committee consisting of three members of the graduate Visual Art faculty. The committee advises the student, conducts regularly scheduled monthly 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.

Important Forms and Documents

Visual Art MFA Checksheet (PDF) | (.DOC)


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