Students entering the MFA program will select a committee of three members of the graduate art faculty, one of whom (usually the chair) will represent the student’s primary area of concentration within the studio arts. In consultation with the committee, the department head, and the graduate coordinator, the student will devise a degree plan based on the primary area of concentration.
The student’s studio research area is complemented by required courses in art history, as well as seminars and courses in theory and multimedia. It is expected that the student will gain from this study a sound conceptual and historical understanding of the visual arts, as well as the ability to communicate this understanding in writing and speech. To successfully complete this course of study, it is essential that students acquire the ability to clearly articulate visual concepts and place their own research in a historical context.
Students will participate in critiques in mid-term and at the end of each long semester. Students who fail to pass a critique or fail to meet, in the judgment of a duly constituted departmental committee, the expectations of the program can be suspended. Students must pass a critique for candidacy after their second semester or in the semester of their 30th hour (whichever comes first). Students who fail their candidacy may still pursue The Master of Arts in Studio Art or leave the program without receiving a degree.