Dec 14, 2018  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Studio Art, MA

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Studio Art is designed to provide a level of skill and ability significantly beyond that of baccalaureate degrees in art. Students will develop an advanced level of proficiency in one or more areas of studio art, and a breadth and depth of understanding of art history, art criticism, and contemporary issues facing those who choose to be artists. This proficiency will enable graduates to function independently as studio artists and as superior teachers of art at the secondary or elementary level.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate an advanced level of proficiency in one or more areas of studio art;
  • Articulate an understanding of the breadth and depth of art history, art criticism and contemporary art issues that confront professional artists/educators;
  • Develop the ability to clearly articulate their artistic direction in relationship to issues of contemporary art and art history.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting university criteria for admission to graduate studies, an applicant must:

  1. have earned a bachelor’s degree in art or its equivalent from an institution accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations.
  2. have earned at least 15 hours of upper-level Studio Art.
  3. provide a CD of .jpg image files (at least 150 dpi) of applicant’s art work.
  4. submit a typed essay (300-500 words) written by the applicant, explaining the applicant’s interest and objectives in graduate studies.
  5. provide three letters of recommendation from faculty or other persons familiar with the applicant’s interest and ability.

All application materials should be sent to the university’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

All applications for admission, including the applicant’s transcripts, essay, letters of recommendation and portfolio, will be reviewed by the Art Graduate Admissions Committee. College graduates who do not meet the above admission requirements may petition to be conditionally admitted. The Art Faculty reserves the right to interview students seeking conditional admission to the program. Students who have been conditionally admitted will have the first 9 semester hours of their studio work critiqued by the graduate art faculty to determine whether they qualify to continue in the program.

The deadline to apply for the MA in Studio Art is March 1 for Fall Admission and October 1 for Spring Admission.

A student wishing to enroll in graduate courses as a non-degree seeking student must first submit a letter requesting admission from the Art Faculty, a portfolio representing his or her art work and a 300-500 word essay. Each case will then be reviewed by the entire Department of Art faculty before a student is allowed to enroll.

In situations where the entire faculty is not available to review applications, the chair of the Department of Art will appoint a committee comprised of two professors and the chair to review the applicants.

Course Prerequisites

Students must have completed at least 6 semester hours of upper-division undergraduate course work in a field or the specific course prerequisite to enroll in 5000-level courses in that field. Additional undergraduate prerequisite course work may be required by the specific graduate program.

Transfer of Credit

In addition to the University’s general policy on transfer of credit, the following regulations will apply to the MA in Studio Art. Up to 9 semester hours of graduate-level study may be transferred from other regionally accredited institutions of higher education if appropriate to the degree. No course with a grade of less than a “B” and no course that has counted toward the earning of another graduate degree will be accepted as transfer credit. Credit that is more than seven years old will not be counted toward the MA degree.

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

Students must complete 36 semester hours in art with a 3.0 average. No more than 2 grades of C earned at this university will be accepted as credit for this degree. Six courses in one studio area (18 semester hours) will develop content and an advanced level of proficiency in that area. The following areas may be selected for this concentration: painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, graphic design, ceramics, or sculpture. Occasionally, a student may be permitted to elect a crossmedia (mixed media) selection of courses rather than six courses from one medium. In addition to this major concentration area, one MA art studio seminar (3 semester hours) will be required. Two courses (6 semester hours) will be taken in art history and criticism. Two elective courses (6 semester hours) may be in studio or art history. If the elective courses are in studio art, they should be taken outside the student’s major studio area. The Project (3 semester hours) will consist of an exhibition, portfolio, research paper, or other activity approved by the student’s committee. Because the program emphasizes development of studio art proficiency, on-going faculty critiques of student work will be held during the course of study. The distribution of requirements is seen in the following outline:

  • Area of concentration (studio art courses in one area) 18 sem. hrs.
  • Art Seminar 3 sem. hrs.
  • Art History and Criticism 6 sem. hrs.
  • Art Electives 6 sem. hrs.
  • Project (exit requirement) 3 sem. hrs.

Total: 36

Special Requirements

Periodic Critique

The major studio work of each student will be critiqued by members of the student’s degree committee after the completion of 9 semester hours; subsequent faculty reviews of major studio work will occur each semester.

Exit Requirement

Each student must prepare a creative project consisting of a one-person MA exhibition, portfolio, research paper or other approved activity, which must be reviewed favorably by the committee. An MA Project other than a research paper will need to be documented photographically. A CD of the .jpg image files in the exhibition must be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator. The MA Project will be supported by a critical statement of 750-1,250 words (three to five pages), written by the student, discussing the development of his or her studio work. Passing an oral examination administered by the graduate faculty is also required before the degree may be awarded. Students have two chances to pass the oral examination. A second failure results in termination from the program.

For Additional Information


Campus address:

Center for the Arts (CA), Room 105; phone: (361) 825 2317

Mailing address:

Department of Art, Unit 5721, College of Liberal Arts
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas 78412-5721