Art M.F.A.

Master of Fine Arts - Art

College of the Arts and Media

Catalog Year: 2022-23

Degree Specific Credits: 60

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0


  • At the core of our M.F.A. program is a close one-on-one mentorship with professors, and regular critiques with fellow students.  Students investigate ideas and process deeply, and develop their understanding through studio work, research, writing, presentation and critical analysis. Classes include:
    • individual credits with professors,
    • theory and criticism,
    • professional development and college teaching
    • critique colloquia, and thematic studio explorations
  • Credits on the 400 level must have the UG designation, and are limited to six (6) credits at the 400-level.


Course Requirements40-45
Pedagogy, Professional, Open Elective, Expanded Studio, and Thesis Requirements12-15
Total Hours52-60


Course Requirements
Complete 6-9 credits of the following art history and critical theory courses:6-9
Critical Theories in the Visual Arts I
Critical Theories in Visual Arts II
400 or 500 Level Art History or Open Elective
Complete 24-29 credits of the following independent studio research course:24-29
Graduate Studio Research: Art
Complete 10-12 credits of the following graduate critique seminar course:10-12
Graduate Critique Seminar
Pedagogy, Professional, Open Elective, Expanded Studio, and Thesis Requirements
Complete 13-16 credits of the following professional practices and thesis research courses:
ARTZ 504Pre-Candidacy (1x2)1
ARTZ 506Graduate Pedagogy3
ARTZ 507Beyond Art School3
400-500 Level Open Elective (must be at least a UG 400 level course. Additional courses 500-level only)3-6
ARTZ 697Thesis Paper3
ARTZ 699Thesis Exhibition2
Total Hours55-68

Minimum Required Grade: C