2022-2023 Catalog 
    
    Dec 02, 2022  
2022-2023 Catalog

Studio Art, MFA


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Questions, curiosity, dialogue, and invention drive the philosophy of the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art. This flagship arts program provides a dynamic interdisciplinary context in which emerging visual artists can advance their work while exploring the theoretical, historical, sociopolitical, and creative concerns of the contemporary moment. 

Student-artists explore big questions and ideas through their art and build the skills necessary to sustain a lifelong practice. Concepts are emphasized over technical proficiency, and artists are encouraged to experiment and exhibit widely across media. MFA students enjoy frequent one-on-one interactions with practicing artists and renowned visitors, as well as benefit from professional opportunities and arts and alumni networks worldwide.

Program Learning Outcomes


  • Conceptual Qualities: Demonstrates a developed conceptual framework of the work and its relationship to historical antecedents and contemporary critical discourse (i.e., clarity of ideas)
  • Formal Qualities: Engages appropriately the materials and tools of the media used to produce the work (i.e., mastery of materials and technique, as well as how effectively the form follows the concept)
  • Presentation: Clearly articulates and presents the ideas behind the work. Produces a cohesive and accomplished visual presentation
  • Research: Invests an appropriate level of research to develop the work, from both a conceptual and formal perspective (i.e. effectiveness of experimentation and methodology)

Major Requirements (60 units)


Required Seminar Courses (8 units)


  • ART 5XX - Graduate Critique Seminar I
  • ART 5XX - Graduate Critique Seminar II
  • ART 5XX - Graduate Critique Seminar III
  • ART 5XX - Graduate Critique Seminar IV

Required Topics Seminar Courses (2 units)


  • ART 5XX - Topics Seminar I
  • ART 5XX - Topics Seminar II

Required Tutorial Courses (4 units)


  • ART 5XX - Graduate Tutorial I
  • ART 5XX - Graduate Tutorial II
  • ART 5XX - Graduate Tutorial III
  • ART 5XX - Graduate Tutorial IV

Graduate Art History Electives (24 units)


  • ART 5XX - Graduate Art History Electives
  • ART 5XX - Graduate Art History Electives
  • ART 5XX - Graduate Art History Electives
  • ART 5XX - Graduate Art History Electives
  • ART 5XX - Critical Studies I 
  • ART 5XX - Critical Studies II 

Required Lecture (8 units)


  • ART 5XX Graduate Lecture Series I 
  • ART 5XX Graduate Lecture Series II
  • ART 5XX Graduate Lecture Series III
  • ART 5XX Graduate Lecture Series IV

Studio Electives (4 units)


  • ART 5XX - Studio Elective

Required Milestones for Degree


  • MFA Intermediate Review (1st year)
  • MFA Final Review (2nd year)
  • MFA Exhibition (2nd year)

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