Master of Fine Arts Program
Requirements for Matriculation
These requirements are in addition to the college’s general requirements for admission to
the Master of Arts program. A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from a recognized institution shall be considered an
acceptable equivalent for the general requirements of a BA, subject to the determination
of the department’s MFA Committee in concurrence with the Office of Graduate Studies.
- In addition to three letters of reference,
each candidate for admission shall submit a
portfolio of work as prescribed by the committee. This portfolio shall be examined by the
committee, which shall have the authority to
accept or reject the candidate.
- Undergraduate study should consist of at
least 30 credits in art; students shall have taken
the equivalent of a two-semester survey course
plus two elective courses in the history of art.
- Normally, each candidate for admission
will be interviewed by a member of the committee. This requirement may be waived at the
- Applicants must demonstrate satisfactory
standards of spoken and written English. For
applicants whose first language is not English:
(a) Interviews are required of those applicants
who hold an undergraduate or graduate degree
from an accredited American institution of
higher education; (b) All other applicants must
submit proof of having achieved a score of 600
or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign
Requirements for the MFA
The following requirements reflect changes to the curriculum that are effective Fall 2013.
Students may now declare a concentration in the areas of Painting, Sculpture, Installation, Photography, Ceramics, Media, Social Practice Art. This designation will be registered in the Art Department office.
- Completion of 54 credits consisting of the
- Two courses in the history of art (see
graduate-level art history electives) (6 credits).
- ARTS 724, Contemporary Issues in the
Visual Arts (3 credits).
- Two seminars, each with a different topic, must be taken
under ARTS 730 and/or 731 (6 credits).
- Two elective courses to be selected with
departmental approval from ARTS 727.1,
727.2, 728 (6 credits).
- Four Tuesday evening MFA Graduate Seminars (ARTS 725.1, 725.2, 725.3, AND 725.4) are taken, one each semester, in which MFA Candidates meet weekly with the MFA Chair (12 credits).
- ARTS 723: MFA Writing Seminar (3 credits).
- Four Individual Studio Practice (12 credits).
- Two continued Individual Studio Practice OR additional Electives OR Seminars. (6 credits).
- Student work in the specialized area shall be reviewed and graded by the MFA Committee each semester. The committee shall be authorized to approve or reject a student for continuation in the program, to place a student on probation, and to approve a student for the MFA degree.
- A grade-point average of 3.0 shall be maintained.
- Participation in the program is usually full-time, and the degree is normally completed within two years. Exceptions may be granted by the committee.
- Students will do all of their creative work on campus except by permission of the committee.
Current Students may use the following checklist to keep track of their academic progress:
MFA CURRICULUM WORKSHEET.xls