Aug 21, 2019  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in Studio Art (SAR)

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This degree is designed for persons seeking an advanced degree in studio art.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants should see the Graduate Catalog section on admissions for general admission information and procedure. An undergraduate degree with a major in art and a minimum grade point average of 2.8 in art classes is normally required for admission. A student may be required by the M.A. committee to make up deficiencies at the undergraduate level.

Go online to complete or send a graduate application for admission, supported by official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate credit at each institution attended to: Eastern Michigan University, Graduate Admissions, PO Box 970, Ypsilanti, MI 48197; additionally applicants must send to the graduate coordinator in the Department of Art:

  1. Department Application (Submitted with Graduate School Application)
  2. Three letters of recommendation to the graduate coordinator in the Department of Art; and
  3. Send to the graduate coordinator in the Department of Art a letter of intent that concisely expresses the applicant’s goals and objective 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
  4. A portfolio of 12-15 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 the name, title of work, medium, size and date of completion. (Applicants in three-dimensional disciplines may submit multiple views of examples.)

Portfolios and materials must be submitted to the Art Department during the fall semester for winter admission and during the winter semester for summer and fall admission.

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Degree Requirements:

The graduate advisor 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.

At the end of 10 hours taken in the studio program, the M.A. committee will review the work of each M.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 instructor(s) during the first 10 hours in the M.A. degree program studio program shall not be construed as a guarantee that any student will be granted continuation in the M.A. program beyond the initial 10 hours of study in the program, since the 10-hour review by the M.A. committee is based upon a de-novo review of the student’s entire first 10 hours of work in his or her M.A. studio program, electives taken and performance in the 10-hour 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.A. program prior to a review and recommendation by the M.A. committee.

Department Information:

Art - College of Arts & Sciences

Ryan Molloy, M.F.A
Interim Department Head

114 Ford Hall
(734) 487-1268

Department Website

Advisor Information:

Michael Reedy, M.F.A.

114 Ford
(734) 487-1268

Course Requirements:

The M.A. in studio art requires the completion of 30 hours of course work to be distributed among program courses, elective courses and cognate courses as follows:

Master of Arts in Studio Art

Studio Concentration: 14 hours

A series of courses chosen in consultation with an advisor in one of the following areas:

  • ceramics
  • drawing
  • graphic design
  • interdisciplinary
  • jewelry
  • painting
  • printmaking
  • photography
  • sculpture
  • textiles
  • watercolor

Art Elective Courses: 4 hours

Four hours selected from courses outside the area of concentration. (Courses may be grouped, in consultation with an area advisor/graduate coordinator, with cognates to form a minor concentration in art.)

Cognate Courses: 6 hours

Six hours selected from art and/or other areas in consultation with an advisor.

Program Total: 30 hours


* The Critique and Professional Preparation Seminar may be repeated for credit up to six hours; if repeated, the extra hours would be used as elective credits.

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