Core

  • 2012 MFA First-Year Exhibition. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
    2012 MFA First-Year Exhibition. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
  • 2012 MFA First-Year Exhibition. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
    2012 MFA First-Year Exhibition. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
  • 2012 MFA First-Year Exhibition. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
    2012 MFA First-Year Exhibition. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
  • 2012 MFA First-Year Exhibition. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
    2012 MFA First-Year Exhibition. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
  • 2012 MFA First-Year Exhibition. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
    2012 MFA First-Year Exhibition. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
  • 2012 MFA First-Year Exhibition. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
    2012 MFA First-Year Exhibition. Photo by Stan Strembicki.

Students must complete the following requirements for the MFA in Visual Art:

- Total of 60 credits, minimum (earned over four semesters, normally two years)
- Full-time enrollment (minimum 12 credits per semester)
- 18 credits of art history (combined undergraduate and graduate)
- Final degree exhibition, written thesis, and oral defense

Distribution requirements for course work are as follows:

- 10 credits of graduate studio work during each semester in the first year
- 12 credits of graduate studio work during each semester in the second year
- 2 semesters of graduate seminar (3 credits each) in the first year
- 1 semester of thesis seminar (3 credits) in the final semester
- Electives and art history courses complete the remaining credit hours

Art electives are introductions to the materials, techniques, and aesthetic issues of particular disciplines. Available in various media concentrations, art electives complement and expand the graduate studio experience.

Students and faculty may arrange independent study courses with the Director of Graduate Studies. Students work with College & Graduate School of Art faculty according to their fields of interest and affinities.

Thesis

The thesis requirement for the MFA degree comprises:

- An exhibition of original work, defended to a Graduate Committee
- A written thesis, defended to a Graduate Committee
- Digital documentation of artwork/exhibition