Graduate Studies

Master of Fine Arts

The MFA in Studio Art is designed to allow students to develop superior studio art proficiency, knowledge of studio procedures, and a depth of understanding of art history and criticism so they are able to function independently as studio artists after graduation.

Graduates of the MFA in Studio Art program will demonstrate:

  • superior studio art proficiencies and knowledge of studio procedures
  • a depth of understanding  of art history and criticism necessary to afford them the ability to function as studio artists and /or educators
  • their full comprehension of advanced principles and processes in a solo MFA final thesis exhibition of their work

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting university criteria for admission to graduate studies, an applicant must meet the following requirements for admission to the MFA program:

  • Earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or an earned graduate degree in art from an institution accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations.
  • Earned at least 15 hours of upper-level Studio Art.
  • Provide a CD-R (no DVD or CD-RW discs) of .jpg image files (at least 150 dpi) of applicants art work.
  • Submit a typed essay (300-500 words) written by the applicant, explaining the applicant's interest and objectives in graduate studies.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation from faculty or other persons familiar with the applicant's interest and ability in art.

Application Deadlines

Applying for U.S. Applicants International Applicants
Fall Semester February 1 February 1

Degree Plan

Course Requirements

Students must complete 60 hours in art with a 3.0 average.  No more than 2 grades of "C" earned at this university will be accepted as credit for this degree. 

  • Ten courses in area of concentration (30 semester hours)
  • One course in Art Seminar (3 semester hours)
  • Four courses of designated electives in Art History and Criticism (12 semester hours)
  • Three courses of studio electives (9 semester hours) 
  • MFA Exhibit (6 semester hours)

Special Requirements

Periodic Critique
The major studio work of each student will be critiqued by members of the student's degree committee after the completion of 9 semester hours; subsequent faculty reviews of major studio work will occur each semester.

Exit Requirement
Each student must prepare a creative project consisting of a one-person MA exhibition, portfolio, research paper or other approved activity, which must be reviewed favorably by the committee.  An MA Project other than a research paper will need to be documented photographically.  A CD-R of the .jpg image files in the exhibition must be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator.  The MA Project will be supported by a critical statement of 750 - 1,250 words (three to five pages), written by the student, discussing the development of his or her studio work.  Passing an oral examination administered by the graduate faculty is also required before the degree may be awarded.  Students have two chances to pass the oral examination.  A second failure results in termination from the program.

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Jack Gron, Graduate Coordinator

Professor of Sculpture
"Muse at the Portal"