Art—Photography Concentration, M.F.A.

MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN PHOTOGRAPHY

MFA students focus on independently directed studio art practices guided by faculty mentors toward a research project that culminates in their thesis exhibition. Throughout the program work is produced in the Studio I-IV courses and discussed in the four Master Critique courses. These courses are thematically organized and change each semester to cover a range of current and relevant topics in Art and Design. Group critique sessions involving all MFA graduate students are the central feature of the Master Critique courses. Ideas and information gathered in these production and critique courses aid in directing the student toward his/her thesis. Elective courses support the student’s thesis work by developing and supplementing skills and knowledge outside the student’s primary studio art practice.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION

  • An application for admission to graduate study and an application for matriculation should be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office at https://www.njcu.edu/admissions-aid/graduate-admissions/graduate-degrees/art-mfa.
  • A 250- to 500-word essay discussing your goals and objectives for pursuing your area of planned study.  This will also serve as a writing sample.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 point scale is required for admission.
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from previous instructors or professionals in Art, sent directly from those making the recommendations.
  • International students have additional admission requirements; see the Graduate Studies webpage for details.
  • The Art Department requires submission of a portfolio containing 20 images of art/design works completed by the applicant. The portfolio images must be submitted in digital form to https://njcu-art.submittable.com/submit. Do not send original artwork.

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Students may transfer up to 12 credits, where applicable, to the MFA degree.

Required Studio Courses
ART 647Honors in Studio Art3
ART 672Honors II3
ART 711Studio I3
ART 712Studio II3
ART 713Studio III3
ART 714Studio IV3
Required Critique Courses
ART 701Master Critique I3
ART 702Master Critique II3
ART 703Master Critique III3
ART 704Master Critique IV3
Required Art History/Theory Courses
ART 607Art In Diverse Cultures3
ART 608Contemporary Art Seminar3
ART 612Art of Latin America3
Thesis Requirements
ART 660Master Thesis Seminar I3
ART 661Master Thesis Seminar II3
Studio Art Electives 9
Select 3 courses from the list below
ART 606The History of Modern Art3
ART 610Independent Study in Art3
ART 616Advertising Design3
ART 617Adv. Advertising Design3
ART 621Painting/Drawing Studio I3
ART 622Art of Latin America3
ART 626Studio Sculpture3
ART 627Printmaking I3
ART 628Adv.Printmaking(Book Arts)3
ART 630Art of Spain3
ART 633Ceramics I3
ART 634Ceramics II3
ART 635Jewelry I3
ART 636Jewelry II3
ART 637Photography I3
ART 638Advanced Photography3
ART 641Life Drawing Studio3
ART 642Painting/Drawing Studio II3
ART 645Lettering design3
ART 652Electronic Works3
ART 659Experimental Drawing3
ART 662Prep. Of Art For Print.3
ART 663Typography/Desktop Publishing3
ART 664Illustration I3
ART 665Advanced Illustration3
ART 669Metalsmithing I3
ART 670Metalsmithing II3
Open Electives or Co-Op6
ART 643Cooperative Education2
ART 644Seminar in Cooperative Education2
May also choose from art electives or open university graduate courses
Total: 60 Credits
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
ART 711 Studio I 3
ART 701 Master Critique I 3
ART 607 Art In Diverse Cultures 3
Art Studio Elective (600 level or higher) 3
 Credits12
Semester 2
ART 702 Master Critique II 3
ART 712 Studio II 3
ART 608 Contemporary Art Seminar 3
Art Studio Elective (600 level or higher) 3
 Credits12
Second Year
Semester 1
ART 713 Studio III 3
ART 703 Master Critique III 3
ART 647 Honors in Studio Art 3
ART 612 Art of Latin America 3
 Credits12
Semester 2
ART 714 Studio IV 3
ART 704 Master Critique IV 3
ART 672 Honors II 3
ART 660 Master Thesis Seminar I 3
 Credits12
Third Year
Semester 1
Co-Op or Open Electives 6
ART 661 Master Thesis Seminar II 3
Art Studio Elective 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits60

Student Learning Outcomes
 

Upon completion of the Fine Arts Masters program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate exceptional proficiency and knowledge of art/design applications in a focuses studio art practice.
  2. Generate original ideas and critically evaluate aesthetic experiences in relation to the social and historical contexts in which they were produced.
  3.  Demonstrate the ability to critically assess their own work, their peers’ and that of professionals in the field.
  4. Professionally engage the community with their art practice.