Course and Exhibition Requirements

Course Requirements

A minimum of 66 credit hours, all at the graduate level, is required for the MFA degree.

A. Studio Studies (34 credits):

1.  A minimum of 9 credit hours in your major studio area.
2.  A minimum of 11 flex credit hours from either within or outside your major area. 
3.  A minimum of 9 credit hours in courses outside of your major studio area, but within the Department of Art or another studio-based program (such as dance, theater, music, architecture) or with affiliated faculty and others approved by your adviser
4. One credit hour of Area Group Critique is required semesters 1 – 5. 

B. MFA Common Studies (15 credits):

1.  12 credits of required Department of Art Seminars; which must include the First Year Interdisciplinary Seminar (Art 6018) in the first semester, Teaching in the Studio Classroom (Art 6108) in the second semester, Research and Writing for Artists (Art 7208) in the fourth semester, and at least one Department of Art Seminar (Art 7108).
2.  A minimum of 3 Thesis credit hours, to include: Thesis Advising (Art 7999.01) one credit in fifth semester; Thesis Exhibition (Art 7999.02) one credit in sixth semester, and Thesis Writing (Art 7999.03) one credit hours in sixth semester.   

 

C. University Studies (12 credits, maximum 6 credits per semester):

1. A minimum of 3 credit hours in History of Art. Courses must be numbered 5000 level or above.
2. A minimum of 3 credit hours in elective courses within the Arts. This includes academic courses or specialized study numbered 5000 level and above within the Division of the Arts and Humanities, excluding art department coursework.
3. A minimum of 3 credit hours in electives outside the Visual and Performing Arts. This includes academic courses or specialized study numbered 4000 level and above.
4. A minimum of 3 additional elective coursework credits numbered 4000 level or above outside the Department of Art, but, otherwise, within or outside the Division of the Arts and Humanities.

In order to complete the required 66 credit hours for the MFA degree, students will need an additional 5 credit hours from any of the areas above. 

Departments in the Division of the Arts and Humanities:

Advanced Computing Center for Arts & DesignAfrican American & African StudiesAnthropologyArts Administration, Education, and PolicyClassicsCommunicationComparative StudiesDanceDesignEast Asian Languages and LiteraturesEnglishFilm StudiesFrench and ItalianGermanic Languages and Literatures, HistoryHistory of ArtLinguisticsMusicNear Eastern Languages and CulturesPhilosophySpanish and PortugueseTheatreWomen's, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesSlavic and East European Languages and Cultures


Exhibition Requirements

First Year MFA Exhibition Requirements:

The First Year MFA Exhibition is a student-generated exhibition in January. It is led and organized by two student representatives who are elected by Art Department graduate students in the fall. The exhibition is intended to allow for experimentation, collaboration and/or offer a space to showcase work from the first semester.

Second Year MFA Exhibition Requirements:

The Second Year MFA Exhibition is a student-generated exhibition in September. It is led and organized by two student representatives who are elected by Art Department graduate students in spring. The Exhibition is intended to allow for experimentation, to showcase new work from the summer, and to aid in the Review and Thesis Committee selection process which concludes at the end of September.

Third Year MFA Thesis Exhibition Requirements:

A public presentation of works demonstrating the achievements in the student’s area of specialization must be arranged as part of the annual, spring semester MFA Group Exhibition. The candidate, in consultation with the Major Advisor of their review committee, is responsible for selecting the content of the exhibition. The exhibition will be laid out by the Graduate Chair (or other Art Dept. representative) in consultation with Urban Arts Space staff. Installation and some PR support will be provided by UAS. Two student representatives who are elected by Art Department graduate students in the fall, will assist the Graduate Chair in the development of PR, programming and communications related to the exhibition.

 
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