Art

William Wadley (Department Head)
Location: Art Building, Room 104, 903-886-5208
Art Web Site: http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/colleges/humanitiesSocialSciencesArts/departments/art/default.aspx

William Wadley, Department Head
Joseph Daun, Graduate Coordinator for Studio Art, 903-886-5232; Joseph.Daun@tamuc.edu
Virgil Scott, Graduate Coordinator for Visual Communication (UCD), 214-752-9009; Virgil.Scott@tamuc.edu
Brian Weaver, Coordinator of the MA-Studio Art (Summer Delivery), 903-886-5450; Brian.Weaver@tamuc.edu

The Department of Art inspires and prepares students to excel in the art profession, including the fine and applied arts, art history, and art teaching fields, and also expands the educational experiences of non-majors.

The general objectives of graduate study in art include:

  1. the refinement of technical skills in chosen studio areas;
  2. the development of a critical understanding of one’s own art in its historical, theoretical, and conceptual context; and
  3. the mastery of communication skills both in practice and in teaching.

These objectives are achieved through a close working relationship among students and faculty, wherein a student may pursue a course of study designed for his or her particular educational goals.

Programs of Graduate Work

Master of Arts in Art with an emphasis in Visual Communication

The Master of Arts in Art with an emphasis in Visual Communication is a 36-semester hour program offered at the Universities Center at Dallas near the Arts District.  The MA-VisCom degree is open to all qualified applicants in the expanding field of Visual Communication but is especially relevant to the needs of practicing professionals who aspire to move upwards into design-centric leadership roles in their business or organization.  Students explore innovative approaches to the creative process, progressive business practices and strategies, product advancement, and effective marketing techniques within the context of contemporary design.  There is no thesis or foreign language requirement for this degree.

Master of Arts in Art with an emphasis in Studio Art

The Master of Arts in Art with an emphasis in Studio Art is a 36-semester hour program offered on the Commerce campus.  Students may pursue the following areas: painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, ceramics, and mixed and multi-media art. Applicants for the degree should already possess the technical skills to work in one or more of these areas, as the graduate program concentrates on conceptual innovation in one’s work rather than technical instruction.  The MA degree is suitable for students seeking to improve their portfolio, gain educational credentials, or to place themselves in a more competitive position to apply to the MFA program in art. There is no thesis or foreign language requirement for this degree.

Master of Arts in Art with an emphasis in Studio Art – Summer Delivery

The summer delivery of the MA in Art is intended primarily for art educators whose schedules preclude full-time enrollment in the fall and spring terms but is open to all qualified applicants holding bachelor’s degrees in the visual arts.  

Master of Fine Arts in Art with an emphasis in Visual Communication    

The Master of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Visual Communication serves the practicing professional in this growing field who aspires to greater proficiency in industry-related innovation and problem-solving, business strategies, ideation and marketing, or a career in design education.  The MFA is regarded as the terminal degree in the field of Visual Communication.  The capstone of the degree is a design-centric research project (ARTS 545-Exhibition Topics and ARTS 548-Exhibition Development) and accompanying exhibition (ARTS 552-MFA Exhibition in Visual Communication) on a topic incorporating business practices, design education and social responsibility.  In these final semesters of the degree, MFA-VisCom candidates are expected to advance a premise that significantly expands the current boundaries of knowledge and to defend it through a convincing campaign or body of art works.  Students who fail to meet the expectations of the program can be suspended from the MFA track.  In such cases, it may be possible for the student to complete a Master of Art with an emphasis in Visual Communication.   

Master of Fine Arts in Art with an emphasis in Studio Art

The MFA program is intended for graduate students both committed to and capable of intensive, advanced study culminating in an individual and self-generated language of expression.  It is a rigorous course of study as it leads to the terminal degree in the fine arts.  MFA students are initially encouraged to explore a broad range of issues meaningful to their work, while simultaneously refining their technical skills. Their explorations may touch upon individual modes of expression, formal elements, experimentation with media and methods, themes and symbols, and relationships among the visual arts and other disciplines. Subsequent courses direct the student toward more mature and self-critical art, leading ultimately to a sustained and cohesive body of work that forms the Master of Fine Art Exhibition (ARTS 515). 

MFA students in the Studio Art emphasis will participate in mid-term and end-of-term critiques.  These critiques, together with the periodic evaluations of the student’s supervisory committee, determine whether or not the student meets the expectations of the program.  Students who fail to pass a critique or fail in other ways to meet the expectations of the program can be suspended from the MFA track. Students must pass a critique for candidacy after their second semester or in the semester of their 30th hour (whichever comes first).  The critique for MFA candidacy will include an exhibit supported by a written statement.   Students who fail their candidacy may still pursue the Master of Arts in Art with an emphasis in Studio Art.

The New Learning Context – Studio Emphasis Only

Designed to broaden the student’s education, the New Learning Context is an essential component of the Studio Art emphasis in the MFA degree. Lasting a full academic term and providing twelve semester hours credit, the New Learning Context encourages the student to seek out new ideas and experiences of benefit to his or her art. A student may choose between two options: 

1.  The Semester Away, or

2.  The Planned Program Alternative.

The first option requires the student to live and work away from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Whether by taking courses at another institution, through extensive traveling, or by living in a major artistic center in the United States or abroad, this option provides experiences invaluable to the student’s artistic and intellectual growth. The second option, for students whose economic or personal circumstances preclude extended travel, allows for similar experiences within the region. An example of the second option would be a planned sequence of visits to museums, galleries and artists’ studios in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Whichever option is selected, the student’s art will be expected both to represent the efforts of a full academic term and to reflect the knowledge and experience gained from the New Learning Context.

Admission

Master of Arts in Art (Studio Art and Visual Communication Emphases)

Admission to a graduate program is granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies upon the recommendation of the department.  The applicant should submit one letter of recommendation, a statement of intent, a working link to a digital portfolio of work, and other supportive materials required by the Department of Art.  Contact the departmental Graduate Coordinator for these requirements. The graduate degrees in art are individually designed to meet the unique educational, personal and professional needs of the student.

Graduate Coordinator for the MA – Studio Art Emphasis: Joseph Daun (Joseph.Daun@tamuc.edu)
Graduate Coordinator for the MA – Visual Communication Emphasis: Virgil Scott (Virgil.Scott@tamuc.edu)
Graduate Coordinator for the MA – Studio Art Emphasis (Summer Delivery): Brian Weaver (Brian.Weaver@tamuc.edu)

Master of Fine Arts in Art (Studio and Visual Communication Emphases)

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with an art major or comparable experience, nine semester hours of art history and a minimum grade point average of 'B' in all undergraduate studio art courses.

In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, applicants for the MFA degree will submit an application to the Department of Art that includes a portfolio, a statement of intent, transcripts of all previous college-level work, and one letter of recommendation. Copies of transcripts are acceptable if the originals are on file at the Graduate School. All of these materials are important in considering an applicant’s suitability for graduate study, but the portfolio is of paramount importance because it represents the extent of a student’s education in art. Care should be taken in the selection and photographing of works for the portfolio (CD portfolio is acceptable).  It is the Department's preference that the portfolio be posted online and that the link to the portfolio be provided to the appropriate graduate coordinator.

Graduate Coordinator for the MA – Studio Art Emphasis: Joseph Daun (Joseph.Daun@tamuc.edu)
Graduate Coordinator for the MA – Visual Communication Emphasis: Virgil Scott (Virgil.Scott@tamuc.edu)

Note: The Department reserves the right to suspend from the program any student who in the judgment of the departmental graduate committee, does not meet the professional expectations of the field.

ART 589 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-8
Independent Study - Hours: One to four Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisites Consent of department head. Note May be repeated when the topic varies.

ARTH 506 - American Art & Architect
Hours: 3
American Art and Architecture. Three semester hours. The development of ideals and principles in art and architecture in the United States from the Colonial Period to the Twentieth Century. The characteristics of American art movements will be compared to those in Europe as social and cultural phenomena. Illustrated lectures, outside readings, and a research paper are required.

ARTH 507 - History of Graphic Design
Hours: 3
History of Graphic Design - Three semester hours This course focuses on the evolution of Graphic Design from the invention of writing and alphabets to the computer revolution. Topics include: Medieval manuscripts, the origins of printing and typography, the Arts and Crafts movement, Victorian & Art Nouveau Graphics, the influence of Modern Art on design and visual identity and conceptual imagery.

ARTH 508 - The Hist of Adv & Consumerism
Hours: 3
History of Advertising and Consumerism - Three semester hours. This course is designed to give a broad overview of the nature of a consumerist society and how it drives and is driven by advertising. Lectures will explore the types and causes of consumerism, commodities consumed by the public, and the promise of the "good life." Advertising's impact will be discussed from the aspect of target markets and positioning of goods and services, and the pros and cons of consumerism.

ARTH 510 - Readings in Modern Art
Hours: 3
Readings in Modern Art. Three semester hours. This course focuses on modern and avant-garde movements in the visual arts from the late 1800s until the 1950s and 1960s. Selected readings in modern art history and criticism underscore important developments in art and related fields.

ARTH 589 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-4

ARTH 597 - Special Topics
Hours: 1-4
Hours: One to four - Organized class Note May be graded on a satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) basis. May be repeated when topics vary

ARTS 502 - Design Teaching Methods
Hours: 3
Design Teaching Methods - Three semester hours Pedagogy Classroom. Understanding the classroom through teaching method exploration, role-play and curriculum development. Prerequisites: ARTS 540, ARTS 541, ARTS 542.

ARTS 503 - Graduate Seminar
Hours: 3
This is a research-based course, and consists of various reading, writing and material exercises that enable graduate art students to put their current work into a contemporary art context. Students will be exposed to a wide range of readings and research-related techniques.

ARTS 506 - Design Teaching Environment
Hours: 3
Three semester hours Pedagogy Campus. This course will deal with job-seeking skills and the creation and application of Vita materials needed as well as tenure, grant writing, committees and academic life through lecture, discussion, mock interviews, and outside panel feedback. Prerequisites: ARTS 540, ARTS 541, ARTS 542.

ARTS 515 - Master of Fine Art Exhibition in Studio Art
Hours: 3
Upon the approval of the major advisor and admission to candidacy for the MFA degree, students will mount an exhibition that demonstrates a unified theme and is supported by a written statement and visual documentation.

ARTS 518 - Thesis
Hours: 3-6
For students in the M.F.A. program: experimentation with a central, individually derived visual focus, culminating in an exhibition with accompanying written statement and slide documentation (five slides of works and the written statement to be submitted with the creative thesis). The M.F.A. Creative Thesis may be completed and presented only during a regular term of study. For students in the M.A. program: research on a selected art topic culminating in a written thesis.

ARTS 519 - First Year Studio Problems
Hours: 4
This course focuses on individual problems and experimentation in the selected area of studio emphasis. The student enrolled in this course will explore individual problems and experimentation in selected areas of study leading to either a body of work with a central focus or a varied body of work with a consistent high quality. Students may register for up to eight concurrent semester hours in a given term, with a maximum of twelve semester hours overall. Permission of Instructor required. Students enrolled in MA or MFA programs only.

ARTS 524 - 1st Year Studio Prob 2nd Area
Hours: 4
First Year Studio Problems Second Area - Four Semester Hours This course focuses on individual problems and experimentation in the student’s second studio area. For students in MA or MFA program: topic or media may vary each term. Note Students may register for up to eight concurrent semester hours in a given term, with a maximum of twelve hours overall. Permission of instructor required.

ARTS 525 - Special Prob Studio Empha
Hours: 4-8
Special Problems: Studio Emphasis. Four semester hours. Individual problems and experimentation in the selected area of studio emphasis. For students in M.A. or M.S. program: individual problems and experimentation in selected areas of study leading to either a body of work with a central focus or a varied body of work with a consistent high quality. Student may register for up to eight concurrent semester hours in a given term, with a maximum of twelve semester hours overall.

ARTS 526 - Adv Prob Studio Emphasis
Hours: 4-8
Advanced Problems: Studio Emphasis. Four semester hours. Individual advanced problems and experimentation in the student's area of studio emphasis with stress upon developing an individual, expressive body of work. For students in M.A. or M.S. program: advanced problems and experimentation in selected areas of study leading to either a body of work with a central focus or a varied body of work with a consistent high quality. Student may register for up to eight concurrent semester hours in a given term, with a maximum of twelve semester hours overall.

ARTS 527 - Advanced Studio Problems
Hours: 4
Advanced Studio Problems - Four Semester Hours (6 Lab) This course focuses on individual problems and experimentation in the selected area of studio emphasis. The student enrolled in this course will explore individual problems and experimentation in selected areas of study leading to either a body of work with a central focus or a varied body of work with a consistent high quality. Students may register for up to eight concurrent semester hours in a given term, with a maximum of twelve semester hours overall. Permission of Instructor Required, Students enrolled in MA or MFA Programs only.

ARTS 528 - Adv Studio Prob. 2nd Area
Hours: 4
Advanced Studio Problems Secondary Area - Four Semester Hours (6 Lab) This course focuses on individual problems and experimentation in the student’s second studio area. For students in MA or MFA program: topic or media may vary each term. Students are required to participate in a mid-term and final critique with all studio faculty that will be used to evaluate student's work and assign a grade. Students may register for up to eight concurrent semester hours in a given term, with a maximum of twelve hours overall. Permission of instructor required. Prerequisite: ARTS 519 and 524

ARTS 529 - ARTS WORKSHOP
Hours: 3-6
ARTS 529 - Workshop Hours: Three to Six A practical workshop on various topics in studio art, includes developing projects and subject matter to be used in the classroom. Prerequisites Permission of the instructor.

ARTS 530 - New Learning Context
Hours: 3-12
New Learning Context. Three to twelve semester hours. For Students in the M.F.A. Program there are two options to this course. Both are offered in order to expand upon the scope of choices, influences and challenges available in a single art department. In both options the student is to encounter and experiment with new ideas and methods within a new context. Option I: Semester Away- student may (1) pursue advanced, graduate level work in a school other than A&M-Commerce, (2) live in an environment that is unique compared to the student's background or (3) work with an accomplished professional artist. Option II: Planned Program Alternative- student pursues advanced, graduate level work in a manner comparable to Option I, but without the necessity for moving to another local. This option is only for students whose personal, marital or economic conditions emphatically dictate an alternative approach. To exercise either option, the student must submit and receive approval from the advisory committee and department head of a proposal that offers significant creative, intellectual and cultural growth, provides unique contextual experiences and is in keeping with high professional standards. An example of Option II would include a planned sequence of regular visits to artists' studios in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, with development of appropriate documentation (photographs, slides, interview tapes, notes) indicating the depth of investigations in respect to the development and nature of each artist's work. The student's own work produced within the scope of this option is expected to mature in a manner that is responsive to the contextual investigations. For both of the above options, the student is required to submit a report at the beginning of the next regular term of study as the final stage in the completion of the course. The report is to contain works produced, a narrative description and related documentation (slides, interview tapes, photographs, notes or other materials). Student may register for twelve concurrent semester hours during a regular term, and a maximum of eight concurrent semester hours during a summer term.

ARTS 531 - History of Photography
Hours: 3
An examination of the scientific and aesthetic history of photography from its origins to the present. Emphasis is placed on early processes, the pioneers of photography, photography as a visual art and developments in modern photography. Media, trends, and the work of photographers are analyzed. This class will develop reading, writing, and appropriate analytic and critical thinking skills appropriate for graduate work. Crosslisted with: ART 333.

ARTS 539 - History of Contemporary Art
Hours: 3
This course considers criticism, theory, styles, processes and other issues relevant to an understanding of art since 1960. Crosslisted with: ART 404.

ARTS 540 - Studio 1 Creative Method
Hours: 4
Studio 1. Creative Methodologies - Four semester hours Experimenting with both proven and experimental creative methodologies in a team based environment. An overview of innovative collaborative creative thinking processes. Pushing beyond one’s knowledge base through innovative role-play in self-problem solving techniques.

ARTS 541 - Stud 2 Design Educatio
Hours: 4
Studio 2. Design Education, Theory & Practice - Four semester hours Research and analysis through group discussion of design education theory, philosophy and methods. Examination and creation of teaching tools, assignments, and evaluation rubrics. Pre-requisites : ARTS 540

ARTS 542 - Studio 3 Winning Audiences
Hours: 4
Studio 3. Winning Audiences - Four semester hours This course introduces students to basic skills surrounding persuasion and consensus-building. Students will learn to hone their oral and written presentations, and incorporate proven techniques for sharing ideas in a more coherent and compelling manner -- effectively luring others (even skeptics) to listen, believe, and embrace a new vision Pre-requisites : ARTS 540

ARTS 543 - Studio 4 Cross-Cultural
Hours: 4
Studio 4. Cross-Cultural Marketing - Four semester hours This course teaches advanced oral and written presentation skills within the context of a multicultural audience. Students will examine the forces at work in today's global marketplace and fine-tune their ability to bridge the cultural divide in order to connect with audiences whose history, customs, and beliefs they do not share. Pre-requisites : ARTS 540, ARTS 541, ARTS 542

ARTS 545 - Studio 6 Thesis Topic
Hours: 4
Studio 6. Thesis Topics - Four semester hours Exploration and development of thesis topic pilots through research, abstracts, ideation, creative process and feasibility analysis. This course is designed to provide you with enlightenment, direction, feedback and focus as you embark your thesis discovery process. This class will function primarily as a think-tank dedicated to defining, examining, discussing and furthering the ideas that you bring to the table–or wall. Each person will develop three viable, worthwhile abstracts to be reviewed by a outside guest panel resulting in feedback that will help validate your final thesis direction. Pre-requisites : ARTS 540, ARTS 541, ARTS 542, ARTS 543, ARTS 544

ARTS 546 - Studio 7 Design Grant
Hours: 4
Studio 7. Design Grant Writing - Four semester hours Applying for a grant can seem like an overwhelming task. This grant writing class is designed to provide a foundation in the fundamentals of design centric grant writing so that the task is easy and enjoyable. The class includes key components of a grant proposal, problem statements, developing goals and objectives, and writing a sample grant proposal. Pre-requisites : ARTS 540, ARTS 541, ARTS 542, ARTS 543, ARTS 544, ARTS 545

ARTS 547 - Studio 8 Design Tchg
Hours: 4
Studio 8. Design Teaching Mentorship - Four semester hours Pedagogy in-classroom undergraduate training experience. This course focuses on in-classroom observation and experience through the shadowing of a faculty member, and the creation and application of classroom assignments for one semester. Pre-requisites : ARTS 540, ARTS 541, ARTS 542, ARTS 543, ARTS 544, ARTS 545, ARTS 546

ARTS 548 - Exhibition Development
Hours: 4
Study and development of an exhibition and research paper.

ARTS 549 - Studio 9. User-centered Design Experience
Hours: 3
An introduction to the understanding, development and implementation of user-centered design thinking and problem solving. Emphasis will be placed on user personas, ethnography and other observational approaches, along with rapid prototyping methods towards building insights into product and service development.

ARTS 550 - Studio 10. Ideation, Process and Product
Hours: 3
This 16 week course will be centered around innovation focused on creating value through ethnography, research, ideation and strategy in a marketing frameset. Students will explore radical ways of design thinking to create new business models or harness compelling value for products or services that do not currently exist in the marketplace. Projects will be collaborative and centered around the application of innovation through segmenting, brand positioning, target marketing, and the 4Ps (Product, Pricing, Promotion and Place).

ARTS 551 - Studio 11.Creative Promotion and Innovation 1
Hours: 3
This 16-week course will empower students to take their innovations and marketing plans to the next level and implement them into a viable and fundable enterprise. Students will create a prototype to be presented as a proof-of-concept with a compelling presentation to an angel investor. In addition students will be introduced to issues related to the patent process and angel investment process as it relates to their innovations.

ARTS 552 - Master of Fine Arts Exhibition in Visual Communication
Hours: 4
Upon the approval of the Exhibition Topics Panel, students pursuing the MFA degree will mount a culminating exhibition that demonstrates the design-and-build phases of visual communication and includes design-centric strategy, design schematics, overall space planning, budget, invitation, marketing, presentation, and final construction. The exhibition will be supported by a research paper addressing the format of the exhibition and its underlying content.

ARTS 589 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-4
Independent Study - Hours: One to four Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisites Consent of department head. Note May be repeated when the topic varies.

ARTS 595 - Research Literature & Techniques
Hours: 3
Research Literature and Techniques. Crosslisted with: ART 482.

ARTS 597 - SPECIAL TOPICS
Hours: 1-4
Hours: One to four - Organized class Note May be graded on a satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) basis. May be repeated when topics vary

Art

Joseph Daun
Professor
B.F.A., Florida State University; M.F.A., University of Texas at San Antonio

Josephine Durkin
Associate Professor
B.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University; M.F.A., Yale University.

Josh Ege
Assistant Professor
B.F.A., University of North Texas; M.F.A. Texas A&M University-Commerce

Barbara Frey
Professor
B.F.A., Indiana University; M.F.A., Syracuse University.

Gerard D. Huber
Professor
B.A., University of Northern Iowa; M.F.A., Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Mitchell McGarr
Assistant Professor
B.F.A.,Texas Tech University; M.F.A., Texas A&M University-Commerce

Emily Newman
Assistant Professor
BA., Carleton College, MA., The Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Virgil Scott
Associate Professor
B.F.A., M.F.A., University of North Texas.

Chad Smith
Associate Professor
M.S., East Texas State University; M.A., Texas AM University-Commerce.

Vaughn Wascovich
Associate Professor
B.F.A., Youngstown State University; M.F.A., Columbia College.