Program Requirements

Degree Requirements (Minimum of 60 hours)

A minimum of 60 hours of coursework is required, ordinarily distributed over six semesters and three years.

Core Courses

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

ART 692

Art and Theory

3 hrs

ART 699

Graduate Studio

15-21 hrs

ART 701

Directed Graduate Studio I

3 hrs

ART 702

Directed Graduate Studio II

3 hrs

ART 703

Directed Graduate Studio III     

3 hrs

ART 704

Directed Graduate Studio IV

3 hrs

ART 710

Professional Practices

3 hrs

ART 798

Graduate Studio Seminar

6 hrs

ART 799

Graduate Studio Thesis

12 hrs

ART 797

Teaching Practicum

0-3 hrs

 

Approved Elective

0-3 hrs

 In addition to the above, select 3-6 hours from the following Art History courses:

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

ART 672

Medieval Art

3 hrs

ART 675

Art of the Renaissance

3 hrs

ART 678

Baroque Art

3 hrs

ART 680

Modern Art

3 hrs

ART 684

Contemporary Art

3 hrs

ART 685

Art of Mesoamerica

3 hrs

ART 688

Basic Conservation of Art and Artifacts

3 hrs

Students are encouraged to incorporate coursework from other departments in the university as appropriate to their research.  Courses that could be considered as substitutes for ART 699 and an art history elective, pending advisor approval, are listed below.  Note that prerequisites may apply.  Other courses could be considered on an individual basis, pending Graduate Coordinator approval. 

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

LIS 634

Introduction to Storytelling

3 hrs

MED 661

Sound Mixing

3 hrs

MED 662

 

MED 697

Digital Filmmaking

and/or

Advanced Studies in Media

3 hrs

LIS 602

History of Books and Libraries

3 hrs

MED 681

Issues in Media Ethics

3 hrs

MED 670

 

MED 680

Film Theory

and/or

Media in Politics

3 hrs

Additional Degree Requirements

A student’s Program of Study is subject to the approval of the Graduate Coordinator in consultation with the major professor or faculty from the area of directed research.  Additional coursework may be required to accommodate undergraduate deficiencies.

A probationary review will be conducted at the end of the third semester (during ART 703) evaluating a student’s progress toward his or her thesis development and a unified body of work.  A less than satisfactory review could result in dismissal or additional coursework with a follow up review to assess progress.

The thesis requirement consists of the following:

  1. the graduate exhibition/presentation of a substantial and accomplished body of original works of art of design during the final semester of the student’s program;
  2. a written document pertaining to the work exhibited/presented, the character of which is determined by the area of study;
  3. a final oral examination will be taken when the student has completed the program of study and the graduate exhibition/presentation, and a copy of the written document has been distributed to each member of the supervisory committee;
  4. approved documentation of the graduate exhibition/presentation is to be submitted for the record to be kept by the Art and Design department.

 For the awarding of the MFA degree, the following is required:

  1. satisfactory completion of all coursework (no grades lower than a “B” in any graduate course);
  2. thesis requirements, as above;
  3. positive recommendation by the thesis committee.