Oct 02, 2023  
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Fine Arts, M.F.A.

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The M.F.A. curriculum consists of 60 credit hours of graduate study as follows:

Studio area of emphasis 33 hours  
Studio outside major area of emphasis 6 hours  
Art History 6 hours  
Graduate Seminar 3 hours  
Classes outside of Art 6 hours  
Master’s Thesis Project 6 hours  

The maximum number of credit hours that a student can take at the 6000 level is 24 hours. Studio work must include a minimum of three credit hours with at least three different professors. A written artist statement of the candidate for the M.F.A. degree is required and will be maintained in the candidate’s file in the graduate advisor’s office.

If the M.F.A. candidate is deficient in art history, i.e., has less than 15 hours of undergraduate credit in this area, then the candidate must take an additional 3 hours of art history course work.


Critiques and/or formal reviews with all School of Art faculty will take place each semester.  Formal reviews are required of all M.F.A. students at the end of the second and fourth semesters or at the end of 18 and 36 credit hours with all School of Art faculty and thesis committee members.  At each critique and/or review, students are required to present a body of work and an artist’s statement to discuss with all faculty members present. The student is required to present a body of work and an artist’s statement to discuss with the thesis committee. If the student does not pass the formal review, a probationary review will take place at the end of the next semester. Failure to pass any probationary review will result in dismissal from the program.

The MFA Thesis

The student will select a graduate professor to be director of the master’s thesis and chair of the thesis committee. The master’s thesis is defined by the student in consultation with the major professor and consists of a body of creative works in the student’s identified area of emphasis and a written component discussing the works. All candidates are expected to participate in a solo or group exhibition at a University gallery. Alternative venues must be approved by School of Art faculty. Candidates for the M.F.A. degree are encouraged to participate in national or regional exhibitions prior to their oral examination. Candidates should consult with the graduate advisor concerning specific requirements for the completion of the degree.

The format for the submission of the thesis work consists of professional documentation in prints and CD/DVD-ROM, as well as a written master’s statement. The evaluation committee consists of a minimum of three professors: two from studio art and one from a discipline outside the studio art area. The committee will conduct an oral examination during the candidate’s thesis exhibition, at which time the student will defend and discuss the work presented in his or her exhibition. All students are expected to adhere to all departmental and Graduate School deadlines concerning completion of the thesis project. The written component and images must be submitted to the Graduate School and follow the thesis preparation guidelines.

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