Graduate Program Overview
Department Head: Professor Laura Gelfand
Graduate Program Coordinator: Professor Laura Gelfand, Art History
Specializations: Ceramics, Drawing & Painting, Graphic Design, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
Degree offered: Master of Fine Art (MFA)
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Master of Fine Art
The Master of Fine Art degree is the terminal degree in the visual arts field. The MFA program is designed to allow students to mature to a level of professional competence in the making of art. Related studies augment a rigorous studio program. The prospective student must exhibit both academic excellence and a well-developed personal artistic vision.
MFA Degree Requirements
Students must earn 60
credits total; the following classes are required:
- 42 credits of graduate level studio art, determined by the student in consultation with the Thesis Supervisory Committee Chair, including a minimum of:
- 6 credits studio art outside of the declared emphasis area;
- 3 Credits of ART 6900: Graduate Seminar: Professional Practices;
- 3 credits of ARTH 6900: Graduate Seminar: Issues in Contemporary Art;
- 3 credits of ART 6910: Graduate Interdisciplinary Critique;
- 6 credits outside the art department as specified by the supervisory committee;
- 3 credits of ART 6970: Research and Thesis.
Students must complete a minimum of four semesters in residence as full time students. For
students not serving as graduate assistants otherwise employed on campus, nine credits per
semester is the minimum for full-time status. (12 credits is considered a maximum.) For students
employed on campus, full-time status is dependent upon the number of hours per week that the
student works. For instance, for a graduate student who is employed on campus for 20 hours per
week (.50 FTE), 6 credits is considered full time. Students in their last semester, who require
fewer credits to complete their Program of Study may also be considered full time.