Art, Studio- Master of Fine Arts

For information, contact:
Studio Art Graduate Director
Department of Art
124 Art Building

Admission Requirements

In addition to requirements of the Graduate School, you must meet departmental requirements.

You must have earned a minimum of 74 semester hours (110 quarter hours), of which 12 must be in art history and 12 must be in drawing, studio, and related art courses. At least 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours) must be advanced hours in the area of proposed concentration. Total general academic studies shall not be less than 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours). Note: Life experiences, strong portfolio contents, and other factors may substitute for some of these requirements. Only the Department of Art graduate faculty may approve substitutions.

Departmental acceptance into the M.F.A. program is determined by graduate faculty evaluation of transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a one-page statement of goals for study, experience, and examples of creative work indicating competence in the area of proposed study. Portfolios representing your studio performance should be submitted to the Department of Art via SlideRoom, an online web portal, at the time of application to the Graduate School. An on-campus interview with an instructor in the area of proposed study prior to or during the application process is also strongly recommended. Instructional and other resources of the department determine the number of applicants accepted.

Priority application deadline is Feb.1, but the department may consider applications submitted after this deadline.

Program Requirements

(60 semester hours)

This program requires a minimum of two years of full-time graduate study with areas for studio concentration available in ceramics, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

Studio courses:
600-level studio courses with no fewer than 18 hours in primary discipline, either Art 660 – Ceramics; Art 664- Metals; Art 630 – Painting; Art 657 – Photography; Art 645 – Printmaking; or Art 670 – Sculpture.24
ART 601Graduate Assistant Seminar 13
ART 602Graduate Seminar in Studio Practice (taken repeatedly)6
Graduate-level art history, Art 680 is required for 3 hours.
ART 680Graduate Seminar in Art History3
ART 700Thesis9
Graduate Art History Elective Options, choose 6 hours from list below: 6
Art Since 1980
Art of the Early 20th Century
Art in the Age of Revolution: 1789-1848
Postwar to Postmodern, 1945-1980
Graduate electives9
Graduate Electives can include any graduate level course at the university relevant to studio practice, and require approval of lead faculty in the student’s area of study. Graduate students frequently take elective credit in a studio discipline other than their primary discipline.
Recommended Elective:
Seminar on Theory for Visual Artists
Total Credit Hours60

Required of graduate teaching assistants.