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Art Master's Degree Requirements

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Master of Arts (in Art Education)

Master of Fine Arts (in Studio Art)


Master of Arts (in Art Education)

The Art Department’s M.A. Program in Art Education offers the candidate two options: 1) a graduate program for candidates who have completed an undergraduate degree in Art (or the equivalent based upon faculty review), and who wish to be certified to teach art in an N-9 or 5-12 school program; 2) a graduate program for candidates who have completed an undergraduate degree in art, are currently certified to teach art, and wish to pursue an advanced degree in Art Education.

Option 1
The M.A. Program for Provisional Certification with Advanced Standing requires a minimum of 48 credits in the following three areas: studio art, art history, art education and student teaching. At least 39 of these credits must be at the 500 level or above, with a minimum of 12 credits at the 600 level or above. Additional courses may be necessary, depending on the individual candidate’s previous education. This program is subject to change based upon state certification requirements.

Option 2
Option 2 requires a minimum of 36 credits in the following three areas: studio art and art history; professional coursework; art education. A minimum of 12 credits must be at the 600 level or above. The remaining credits must be at the 500 level or above. Additional courses may be necessary, depending upon the candidate’s previous education.

Admission
Admission to the M.A. Program in Art Education requires a bachelor’s degree in studio art or art education, or the equivalent based upon faculty review, and a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. In addition, admission to Option 2 requires certification as a teacher of art. All candidates must submit two letters of recommendation from previous professors and/or employers, and a slide portfolio of their own work. (Refer to “Portfolio Submission” information above.)

Master of Fine Arts (in Studio Art)

This degree program is intended for students who are committed to becoming professional artists and who want an intensive 60-credit hour, in-residence preparation for careers in art. The program is organized to be completed in three years, with a two-year program possible under certain circumstances. The three studio areas—Two-Dimensional Studies (Painting and Printmaking), Three-Dimensional Studies (Sculpture and Ceramics), and Computer and Photographic Arts—allow a student to select a major emphasis as well as experiment in a range of other areas, using an interdisciplinary approach when desired. Applicants should select an emphasis area, based on their interests and indicate it as well as secondary areas, if any, on the application form, Section II.

Transfer Credit
Up to 12 graduate level credits may be transferred from another institution, subject to approval from the Director of Graduate Programs and the Graduate Dean. A maximum of six credits can be transferred from non-degree graduate work at this University.

Program Requirements
Of the 60 credits required, approximately 33 to 36 credits must be in the major area, 18 of which constitute the master’s thesis. The remaining 24 to 27 credits should be taken in other areas, including art history and visual culture. Up to 21 credits may be taken as independent study. Under special circumstances an additional six credits of independent study may be taken outside of Art, but only upon approval from the Director of Graduate Programs.

Students are also required to have their studio work reviewed by M.F.A. area faculty at mid-semester and the end of the semester for the first two years of the M.F.A. Program. Lack of satisfactory progress towards the completion of the M.F.A. degree, as determined by the area faculty through the review process, may result in a student being placed on probation or a recommendation that the student be withdrawn from the program. Both a positive area recommendation from the student’s instructors and grades of B or better are required for a student to remain in good standing. A student is also required to have area faculty approval before beginning thesis work. The thesis (required) consists of a one-person exhibition/presentation supported by a written statement and other documentation, including a slide of each work in the exhibition. The candidate must also make an oral defense of the thesis.

M.F.A. candidates are restricted from using 500-level courses in their major area toward graduation credit. For example, painters cannot use course/credit from the ART 520 series, sculptors cannot use the ART 560 series, printmakers cannot use the ART 540 series. Again, this restriction applies only to 500-level courses in the major area.

Admission
Fall enrollment is necessary to ensure continuity in the program. The number of graduate students that can be accepted into the studio-art program each fall is limited. The normal requirements for admission to the Graduate School apply except that the GRE is not required for M.F.A. applicants.

M.F.A. applicants also need to submit a portfolio of their own work as well as a resume. The portfolio is the primary criterion for selection. (For further information, see the “Portfolio Submission” section above or visit the Art Department website.)