College of the Arts > School of Art > Art, MFA
Areas of Study
- Graphic Design
- IPEF (Interdisciplinary Practices in Emerging Forms)
- Photography/Digital Media
In addition to meeting the college’s graduate admission requirements , applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for unconditional admission to the Master of Fine Arts program:
- BA, BFA or BS in any field from a US accredited institution with a minimum of 3.0 (B) GPA earned in the last 60 hours of coursework.
- The School of Art evaluates and admits MFA candidates primarily on the basis of work completed in the major area of concentration to which the application is made.
Requirements for earning the Master of Fine Arts degree include a minimum of 60 semester hours in graduate courses, including 18 semester hours of concentration in the major discipline, 12 semester hours in art history, 24 semester hours in related arts courses, and six semester hours in seminars. Candidates for the Master of Fine Arts degree are encouraged to complete all course work for the degree within three years to ensure the sustained concentration requisite to the achievement of quality work at the graduate level. Students must complete the degree program within five years.
Additionally, students are required to complete one academic year in residence during the course of their degree program. This residency is defined as 18 semester hours comprising a minimum of nine semester hours taken in two consecutive semesters.
Throughout the program of study, students will be evaluated on a regular basis. A progress review is required during each semester of enrollment in the graduate program.
Upon completion of all course work for the degree, students will present their work for exhibition with accompanying photographic documentation. The creative work and supporting documentation will represent the visual thesis. In addition, students must pass a comprehensive examination, which normally will be administered during the final semester of the final year of work for the degree. The examination will cover students’ knowledge of their major discipline, of art history, and of related areas of art.