The graduate degrees in art at Texas A&M University-Commerce instill in students an appreciation and understanding of the visual arts in a global context while also inspiring and preparing them to excel as practitioners of fine and applied arts, art history, and art education.
The general objectives of graduate study in art include:
(1) The refinement of technical skills in chosen specializations; (2) the development of a critical understanding of one’s own art in its cultural and conceptual context; and (3) the mastery of advanced skills of communication through visual, verbal, and oral media. These objectives are achieved through a close working relationship between students and faculty in which the candidate pursues a course of study designed especially for his or her educational or professional goals. Master’s degrees are offered in the areas of Visual Communication (Universities Center at Dallas) and Studio Art (Commerce Campus).
The Master in Arts in Studio Art
A general graduate degree in studio art for students seeking to enhance their practical and conceptual skills in a particular medium or to attain the necessary credentials for professional development and advancement. Studio media include ceramics, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed, and multi-media, read more.
The Master in Arts in Visual Communication
Prospective students for the MA with Emphasis in Visual Communication seek to bolster their creative skills, technical proficiencies, and business acumen in the rapidly changing design industry. For various reasons they cannot or do not wish to, pursue the lengthier and more rigorous MFA degree, which is regarded as the terminal degree in the field of visual arts, read more.
Master of Fine Arts
This degree is considered the terminal degree in Art with an emphasis in both Studio Art and Visual Communication. The MFA at A&M-Commerce is thus intended for students who are both committed to and capable of intensive, advanced study culminating in an individual and self-generated language of expression. In addition to the MFA Thesis Exhibit, there is a required written “Thesis Statement.”