Studio Art, M.A.
The Master of Arts in Studio Art is a 39-credit degree program designed to provide continued professional development in a selected specialized area of the visual arts:
- Fine Arts
- Design and Crafts
- Communication Design
Augmented by studies in art history, aesthetics, other art electives or art education, the program may also serves as a foundation for advanced work at the MFA or doctoral levels. Of the 39 credits required for the degree, 18 must be taken in an area of studio specialization, with an additional 9 credits in other studio areas. Six credits in art history, aesthetics, and theoretical studies enhance the studio program. Three credits in graduate courses, education courses, or cooperative education placements broaden the focused studio program.
Under faculty supervision, a culminating master’s research project is developed, which is assessed by a faculty committee.
Prerequisites for Admission
Transcripts of previous college study, a professional resume, two letters of recommendation, a two-page statement of purpose relative to interest in a direction of study, and a portfolio of studio work of 15-20 jpeg images on CD/DVD, PDF, or website link must be sent to the Graduate Art Coordinator.
Students admitted without matriculation in a conditional status may complete up to twelve credits in art (nine credits in studio). Students wishing to then apply for matriculation must have earned a 3.00 GPA in the twelve credits taken. Studio work completed during the conditional/non-matriculation period will be reviewed by the Graduate Committee before continuation in the program is permitted.
The Graduate Coordinator performs preliminary advisement in charting initial curriculum choices tailored to the needs and backgrounds of each admitted applicant. Once enrolled in the M.A. program, the student works with faculty advisors who may guide the student through the program, mentor them in their studio work, and provide guidance and counseling to achieve comprehensive development of the student’s potential. It is possible for students to request a change of advisors during their programs, but it is recommended they remain with the same faculty for the last semesters while they are working on their exhibition and thesis.
Master's Research Project
Final, successful completion of specified course work in a given studio program requires a 3.00 GPA and the presentation of a master’s research project. The master’s project may be composed of research into studio art practices, technical processes and applications, and/or a written paper on historical or contemporary art/art theory perspectives. The master’s research project will be assessed by a committee of art department faculty who determine degree completion. The master’s project is expected to demonstrate a high level of conceptually and technically strong approaches, and informed scholarly research.
The master’s research project should be evidence of the student’s ability to produce an edicated body of work and to present his/her artistic ideas competently in written and verbal form.
In preparation for a profession, students may be interested in a cooperative education experience or master’s-level academic classes, including Art education.
As many master’s graduates will seek teaching positions or work in the business world as independent artists, designers, or participants in larger arts organizations, the cooperative education experience provides an opportunity, in a professional setting, for development and application of special skills for a variety of career plans appropriate to the student’s particular area of emphasis.
|Studio Specialization Courses||18|
|Studio Art Electives||9|
|Art History/Theory Courses||6|
|Select three credits from the following:||3|
Co-operative Education Assignment
|ART 660||Master Thesis Seminar I||3|