The MFA Studio Art Program
The Master of Fine Arts degree program is five semesters, 60 credits. It prepares students for professional careers as visual artists and teachers. We currently offer MFA degrees to students focusing on ceramics, painting and drawing, printmaking, and sculpture.
Students are in full-time residence for five semesters and must pass end semester reviews before progressing to the next term. They study drawing, participate in graduate art seminars and take two graduate Art History courses, to help them hone in on finding their own voice and the ability to articulate and clarify the ideas.
Students are expected to develop the tools to express their ideas/vision and take part in the “discussion” of the art world. Private and group critiques, visiting artist lectures and group discussions are part of this development process. Students are also encouraged to take course in areas beyond their primary media in order to broaden their skill sets and their range of thinking.
At the culmination of their residency students produce an exhibition of their creative research. This is done in consultation with faculty mentors. A written thesis and an oral defense are part of the Masters’ project requirement.