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
- 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.
In addition to meeting university criteria for admission to graduate studies, an applicant must:
- have earned a bachelor’s degree in art or its equivalent from an institution accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations.
- have earned at least 15 hours of upper-level Studio Art.
- provide a CD of .jpg image files (at least 150 dpi) of applicant’s art work.
- submit a typed essay (300-500 words) written by the applicant, explaining the applicant’s interest and objectives in graduate studies.
- 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.
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.