College of Fine Arts and Communication

Studio Art (M.F.A.)

The MFA Program, a 60 unit terminal degree in studio art, is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to pursue the study of art, either as an artist, or as a college-level instructor. The program consists of professional study in painting, photography, interactive media design, digital media, graphic design, illustration, sculpture, printmaking, metalsmithing and jewelry, and interrelated media. The conceptual and ideological bases for artistic endeavors are explored through art history, graduate seminars, and weekly critiques. The goals of the students in the MFA Program are to create, focus, and excel.

MFA students are encouraged to attend full-time, but may attend part time. Full-time students maintain a studio in the department.

Learning goals for the MFA program include:

  • Develop and demonstrate advanced technical and conceptual skills in the production of art and/or design work.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evolve an individual aesthetic/conceptual direction in the production of a body of original work.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of art history, art criticism, art theory, aesthetics, and cultural context in general, and in relation to individual original artwork.
  • Demonstrate research and writing skills commensurate with advanced study in studio art.
  • Prepare for careers specific to studio art: artist, designer, curator, critic/writer, teacher, gallery and museum work.


Tonia Matthews
Program Director



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• ART 784 Seminar on College Level Teaching will be offered this fall. ART 784 can be a substitute for ART 783 or ART 782.

• Curating Contemporary Art: Theory and Practice will be a "hands-on" course in the history and changing definition of curating.


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