Oct 14, 2019  
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 

PR - Master of Arts in Studio Art (SAR)

Master of Arts in Studio Art (SAR)

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. A department application, available online through the Art Department’s website under “graduate programs”;

  2. Three letters of recommendation;

  3. 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. (Applicants in three-dimensional disciplines may submit multiple views of examples.);

  4. A one-page, 12-point typed, double spaced statement which expresses concisely the applicant’s goals and objectives as an artist/designer and the reason(s) for pursuing graduate study. This statement should also reference the artwork submitted and clarify how its content pertains to the applicant’s objectives/goals.

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

Degree Requirements
The graduate adviser 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 concentration, 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.

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:

Studio Concentration: 14 hours

Select from the following programs:

  • ceramics

  • drawing

  • graphic design

  • interdisciplinary

  • metals

  • painting

  • printmaking

  • photography

  • sculpture

  • fibers

  • watercolor

Art Elective Courses: 10 hours

Ten hours selected from courses outside the major area. (Courses may be grouped to form a minor in consultation with a graduate adviser.)

Cognate Courses: 6 hours

Six hours selected from art and/or other areas in consultation with an adviser. Must include: ARTH475 Seminar in Modern and Contemporary Art (3 hrs) for graduate credit or ARTH565 Seminar in Modern and Contemporary Art (3 hrs).

Program Total: 30 hours

Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit: Art

The following courses may be elected for graduate credit. A maximum of nine hours of approved 400-level course work may be permitted in the earning of any graduate degree.

If you intend to enroll in any of the following undergraduate courses for graduate credit, you must submit a request form to the Graduate School to receive permission. Otherwise, you will receive undergraduate credit.