Art—Studio Art, M.A.

The MA in Studio Art degree is an interdisciplinary program that engages the creative and intellectual potential of each candidate. Graduate students focus on directed studio art practices within a series of specialization courses and assisted by a primary mentor. This degree culminates in a thesis research paper, education research paper, or technical white paper.


  • An application for admission to graduate study and an application for matriculation should be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office at
  • 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.
  • Professional resume or CV.
  • 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 Do not send original artwork.


Students may transfer up to 9 credits, where applicable, to the MA degree.

Courses in Fine Arts (Select six courses.)18
ART 621Painting/Drawing Studio I3
ART 626Studio Sculpture3
ART 627Printmaking I3
ART 628Adv.Printmaking(Book Arts)3
ART 641Life Drawing Studio3
ART 642Painting/Drawing Studio II3
ART 652Electronic Works3
ART 659Experimental Drawing3
Electives: Studio Art, Art Education, or Co-Op (select 3 courses.)9
Design & Crafts
ART 618Ceramic Sculpture3
ART 633Ceramics I3
ART 634Ceramics II3
ART 635Jewelry I3
ART 667Advanced Ceramics3
ART 668Advanced Jewelry3
ART 669Metalsmithing I3
ART 670Metalsmithing II3
ART 637Photography I3
ART 638Advanced Photography3
Communication Design
ART 616Advertising Design3
ART 617Adv. Advertising Design3
ART 645Lettering design3
ART 662Prep. Of Art For Print.3
ART 663Typography/Desktop Publishing3
ART 664Illustration I3
ART 665Advanced Illustration3
Art Education
ART 520Foundations & Goals in Art Education3
ART 530Pedagogy in Art Education3
Honors in Studio Art
ART 647Honors in Studio Art3
Art History/Theory Courses (Select 3 courses.)9
ART 606The History of Modern Art3
ART 607Art Of Diverse Cultures3
ART 608Contemporary Art Seminar3
ART 612Aesthetic & Critical Perspectives3
Master Thesis 13
Total Credits: 39

Submit Thesis Approval Form prior to registering for  ART 660.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MA in Studio Art, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate technical proficiency and knowledge of art/design applications in a broad variety of studio art disciplines.

  2. Develop ideas and critically evaluate aesthetic experiences in relation to the social and historical contexts in which they were produced.

  3. Engage in guided independent research that results in a written thesis.

  4. Integrate knowledge of artistic discipline within a field of technical or historical practice.