First-year Student Reviews: At the end of the fall and spring semesters, each first-year student will meet with a faculty committee. During this meeting the committee and the student will discuss the student’s current work, their progress in the program and plans for future study.
Second-Year Student Reviews: Prior to the end of the spring semester of the second year, students must arrange a meeting of their faculty committee to review their current work, progress in the program and plans for the final year.
A student will be permitted to graduate upon completion of their course requirements, submission of materials for inclusion in the MFA Thesis Exhibition catalog, participation in the MFA Thesis Exhibition, and an oral examination.
MFA Thesis Exhibition Catalog: The MFA Thesis Catalog will include the artist’s or designer’s statement developed in the Writing Seminar, documentation of the student’s work, and any additional supporting materials.
MFA Thesis Exhibition: A representative from the Blaffer Museum of Art will meet with the graduating MFA students. At this meeting the student must be prepared to give the museum a preliminary estimate of the scope of their work for the exhibition.
Oral Examination: MFA candidates will schedule a meeting with their committee for the oral examination, the final and comprehensive discussion of their work. The oral examination may be held at any time during the spring semester; however, students are encouraged to hold the examination in the Blaffer Art Museum after the installation of their work in the Thesis Exhibition. The exam must be completed prior to the closing of the exhibition (exceptions to this time constraint may be arranged with the approval of the Graduate Advisor).