Advisor: Christopher Bocklage, M.F.A.
Applicants should see the section on admissions for general admission information and procedure. Applicants for admission to the M.F.A. degree program must have an undergraduate degree, with a major in art or approximately 30 hours of undergraduate course work in art through an accredited institution; meet degree admission standards of the Graduate School; and
Send an application for admission to the Office of Admissions and coordinator of the M.F.A. program in the Department of Art;
Submit three letters of recommendation to the graduate program coordinator in the Department of Art;
Send to the graduate coordinator in the Department of Art a brief statement which concisely expresses the applicant’s goals and objectives as an artist/designer and the reason(s) for pursuing graduate study. The statement should also reference the artwork submitted and clarify how its content pertains to the applicant’s objectives/goals. It should be no longer than one page, 12-point typed and double-spaced; and
Send to the graduate coordinator in the Department of Art a portfolio of 10-15 full screen size digital images of the applicant’s studio work organized in a multiple page PDF or PowerPoint file, or a folder of jpegs, on a CD with captions or a separate list stating title, medium, size, and date of completion for each image submitted of the applicant’s studio work, in the concentration to which he/she is applying, with a separate list stating title, medium, size and date of completion for each image submitted. (Applicants in three-dimensional disciplines may submit multiple views of examples.)
Applications received in the Department of Art by February 15 for fall semester and by October 1 for winter semester will be given priority. Late applications will be considered as studio space permits. Please consult the Graduate School section of this catalog for application deadlines.
The graduate coordinator will meet with each student to construct a program of study. Students should follow closely the Graduate School requirements for “Application for Diploma.” Students whose degree program includes a final exhibition of work must apply for gallery space one semester prior to the proposed exhibition. Two years of residency (full-time enrollment) are required; exceptions may be made to this requirement with the approval of the student’s advisor and the M.F.A. committee.
At the end of the first year, the M.F.A. committee will review the work of each M.F.A. student and either allow the student to continue or formally ask the student to withdraw from the program. Individual passing grades assigned by a student’s principal advisor or other faculty during the first full year of enrollment in the M.F.A. program shall not be construed as a guarantee that any student will be granted continuation in the M.F.A. program beyond the initial year of study, since the mid-program review by the M.F.A. committee is based upon a de-novo review of the student’s entire first year of M.F.A. work and his or her performance in the mid-program review. Further, no student may rely on statements by faculty or other agents of the University that would suggest, even remotely, that the student is ensured continued enrollment in the M.F.A. program prior to a review and recommendation by the M.F.A. committee.