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The Master of Fine Arts engages students in a deep exploration of visual art as practice-based creative research, drawing together the technical and interpretive skills required of a professional arts practice. Students work with a range of media or focus on a specific medium, and are given studio space and full access to the resources of the department. This includes full-scale silkscreen and lithographic presses, large-format digital printers, and photo and sculpting studios. The program culminates in a final exhibition and a comprehensive written support paper reflecting your understanding of related critical and historical issues. A photographic record of your exhibition remains in the Department of Art and Art History's archives. The Master of Fine Arts is widely recognized as the pathway to becoming an artist-teacher at institutions of higher learning in North America.
Core Courses: In each term students complete a studio course and graduate seminar.
Exhibition: Students will show their work in an exhibition as a program requirement.
Art History and Critical Study: Students will take courses in research methods, art theory and criticism, critical study and research, and a conference course in Art History.
Supporting Paper and Oral Exam: Students will prepare a paper and undergo a final thesis oral exam.
Development of very competitive Research and Creation Artists in various field of inquiry, active practitioner artist, opportunity to be course instructor
A master’s degree in art will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.
Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.
Eight courses, including studio courses in each year of the program
A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.
A portfolio of 20 images of recent work submitted as a single PDF. Up to five minutes of video documentation may be submitted as links within this document. Please ensure the images are in jpeg format/300dpi/no larger than 1080 pixels in any dimension, and include their title, dimensions, medium and year. Add links to the video(s) (via YouTube, Vimeo, personal website,etc) along with one reference image, with title, length and year.
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
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