The M.F.A. program in studio art promotes a high level of artistic achievement, creative and scholarly research, and relevant professional practice.  In addition to required studio courses, the program fosters student engagement with faculty and peers through required coursework in contemporary art theory, art criticism, and art history.  In consultation with their advisors, students plan a sequence of elective courses that both complements and challenges their studio practice. 

Effective Fall 2020

Required Courses in Area of Study
Select one from the following: 19
Studio Problems: Painting
Studio Problems: Printmaking
Studio Problems: Sculpture
Studio Problems: Fibers
Studio Problems: Metalsmithing and Jewelry
Studio Problems: Drawing
Studio Problems: Graphic Design
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Studio Problems: Painting
Studio Problems: Printmaking
Studio Problems: Sculpture
Studio Problems: Fibers
Studio Problems: Metalsmithing and Jewelry
Studio Problems: Drawing
Studio Problems: Graphic Design
Select one from the following: 33
Independent Study: Painting
Independent Study: Printmaking
Independent Study: Sculpture
Independent Study: Fibers
Independent Study: Metalsmithing and Jewelry
Independent Study: Drawing
Independent Study: Graphic Design
Independent Study: Art History
Select one from the following: 49
Thesis: Painting
Thesis: Printmaking
Thesis: Sculpture
Thesis: Fibers
Thesis: Metalsmithing and Jewelry
Thesis: Drawing
Thesis: Graphic Design
Studio Seminar Requirements
ART 696IGroup Study: Multiple Media 56
Required Art History 6
ART 510QAdvanced Study in Art History: Contemporary Art and Art Critics3
ART 592Art History Seminar3
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Advanced Study in Art History: American Art 7
Advanced Study in Art History: East and South African Art 7
Advanced Study in Art History: Pre-Columbian Art 7
Advanced Study in Art History: United States Art Since 1945 7
Advanced Study in Art History: Greek Art 7
Advanced Study in Art History: Medieval Art 7
Advanced Study in Art History: Renaissance Art 7
Advanced Study in Art History: Baroque and Rococo Art 7
Advanced Study in Art History: 19th-Century European Art 7
Advanced Study in Art History: 20th Century European Art 7
Advanced Study in Art History: Roman Art 7
Advanced Study in Art History: Graphic Design 7
Advanced Study in Art History: Women in Art 7
Advanced Study in Art History: Pacific Art 7
Independent Study: Art History
Elective Courses
Department List Electives (see below)12
Program Total Credits:60

A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete this program.

M.F.A. Department List Electives

M.F.A. Department List credits support individual studio practice and creative research. Students and advisors determine appropriate courses from, but not limited to, the list below. Students consult with faculty to assess readiness for upper-level courses, to confirm access to advanced courses, and to request overrides.

Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following (a minimum of 6 credits must be studio courses):
Studio Elective Options:6-12
Advanced Drawing I
Advanced Drawing II
Pottery IV
Pottery V
Metalsmithing and Jewelry IV
Metalsmithing and Jewelry V
Fibers IV
Fibers V
Advanced Typography and Design Systems
Advanced Illustration
Advanced Painting I
Advanced Painting II
Printmaking IV-Studio Workshop
Printmaking V-Studio Workshop
Sculpture IV
Sculpture V
Other Elective Options in the Department of Art and Art History:0-6
Independent Study: Painting 8
Independent Study: Printmaking 8
Independent Study: Sculpture 1
Independent Study: Fibers 8
Independent Study: Metalsmithing and Jewelry 8
Independent Study: Drawing 8
Independent Study: Graphic Design 8
Independent Study: Art History 8
Independent Study: Art Education 8
Independent Study: Pottery 8
Independent Study: Photo Image Making 8
Group Study: Painting
Group Study: Printmaking
Group Study: Sculpture
Group Study: Fibers
Group Study: Metalsmithing and Jewelry
Group Study: Drawing
Group Study: Graphic Design
Group Study: Art History
Group Study: Art Education
Group Study: Pottery
Group Study: Photo Image Making
Advanced Study in Art History: American Art 9
Advanced Study in Art History: East and South African Art 9
Advanced Study in Art History: Pre-Columbian Art 9
Advanced Study in Art History: United States Art Since 1945 9
Advanced Study in Art History: Greek Art 9
Advanced Study in Art History: Medieval Art 9
Advanced Study in Art History: Renaissance Art 9
Advanced Study in Art History: Baroque and Rococo Art 9
Advanced Study in Art History: 19th-Century European Art 9
Advanced Study in Art History: 20th Century European Art 9
Advanced Study in Art History: Roman Art 9
Advanced Study in Art History: Graphic Design 9
Advanced Study in Art History: Women in Art 9
Advanced Study in Art History: Pacific Art 9
Supervised College Teaching
Independent Study: Painting
Independent Study: Printmaking
Independent Study: Sculpture
Independent Study: Fibers
Independent Study: Metalsmithing and Jewelry
Independent Study: Drawing
Independent Study: Graphic Design
Independent Study: Art History
Group Study: Multiple Media 10
Elective Options Outside the Department of Art and Art History:
Aesthetics-Visual Arts
Out-of-Department Course(s) 11