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2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Art, M.A.

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The Master of Arts curriculum consists of at least 36 credit hours of graduate study as follows:

Studio area of emphasis 18 hours
Graduate Seminar 3 hours
Art History 3 hours
Electives outside area of emphasis 6 hours
Master’s Thesis Project 6 hours

The maximum number of credit hours that a student can take at the 6000 level is 15 hours. Studio work must include a minimum of three credit hours with at least three different faculty professors. Elective hours, with the approval of the graduate advisor, may be met with courses within or outside of the art program.


Critiques and/or formal reviews with all School of Art faculty will take place each semester.  Formal reviews are required of all M.A. students at the end of the second semester or at the completion of 18 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 Master’s 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 an identified area of emphasis and a written component discussing the works. 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 three professors - two from studio art, and one from a discipline outside of the studio art area. The committee will conduct an oral examination, at which time the student will defend and discuss the work presented. 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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