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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
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Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art (SARF)

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Admission Requirements:

Applicants should see the Graduate School for general admission information and procedures. 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 submit the following materials for review -

  • Graduate School Application supported by official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate credit earned at each institution attended.
  • School of Art & Design Application (submitted via Slideroom) including the following;
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Letter of Intent that concisely expresses the applicant’s goals and objectives as an artist/designer and the reason(s) for pursuing graduate study.
    • Artist statement describing current artwork and research objectives/goals.
    • A portfolio of 15-20 images, videos, and/or audio files of the applicant’s studio work, with a corresponding list stating title, medium, size, and date of completion for each artwork submitted.

Applications received in the School of Art & Design by February 15 for Fall semester and by October 1 for Winter semester will be given highest priority. Late applications will be considered as studio space permits. Please consult the Graduate School section of this catalog for application deadlines.

School Information:

School of Art & Design - College of Arts & Sciences

Sandra Murchison, MFA

114 Ford Hall
(734) 487-1268

School Website

Advisor Information:

Michael Reedy, M.F.A.

114 Ford Hall
(734) 487-1268

Program Requirements:

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.

Degree Requirements: 60 hours

The M.F.A. requires the completion of 60 hours of course work to be distributed among required courses, elective courses and cognate courses as follows:

Critique and Professional Preparation Seminar: 12 hours

One course from the following. The course must be repeated for a total of 12 credit hours.

Elective Courses: 12 hours

Twelve hours selected from courses outside the area of concentration (or major concentration as listed in MA). Courses may be grouped to form a minor concentration in consultation with an advisor.

  • Art elective courses (6 hrs)
  • Art History elective courses (6 hrs)

Cognate Courses: 6 hours

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

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