Art MFA with an emphasis in Studio Art

Joseph Daun, Graduate Coordinator for Studio Art, 903-886-5232; Joseph.Daun@tamuc.edu

Students entering the MFA program will select a committee of three members of the graduate art faculty, one of whom (usually the chair) will represent the student’s primary area of concentration within the studio arts.  In consultation with the committee, the department head and the graduate coordinator, the student will devise a degree plan based on the primary area of emphasis. The student's studio research area is complemented by required courses in art history, as well as seminars and courses in theory and multimedia.  It is expected that the student will gain from this study a sound conceptual and historical understanding of the visual arts, as well as the ability to communicate this understanding in writing and speech.  To successfully complete this course of study, it is essential that students acquire the ability to clearly articulate visual concepts and place their own research in a historical context.

Students will participate in critiques in mid-term and at the end of each long semester.  Students who fail to pass a critique or fail to meet, in the judgment of a duly constituted departmental committee, the expectations of the program can be suspended.  Students must pass a critique for candidacy after their second semester or in the semester of their 30th hour (whichever comes first).  Students who fail their candidacy may still pursue The Master of Arts in Studio Art or leave the program without receiving a degree.

Master of Fine Arts in Art with an emphasis in Studio Art - Option II Non-Thesis

Research and Exihibit
Required Courses
ARTS 595Research Literature & Techniques (3 semester hours required)3
ARTS 515Master of Fine Art Exhibition in Studio Art (3 semester hours required)3
Graduate Seminar (12 semester hours required)
ARTS 503Graduate Seminar3
ARTH Graduate Art History (6 semester hours)
Graduate Art History 6
First Year Studio Problems (4 semester hours)
ARTS 519First Year Studio Problems 4
May be repeated when topics vary
First Year Studio Problems Secondary Area (8 semester hours)
ARTS 5241st Year Studio Prob 2nd Area4
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.
Second Year Studio Problems (8 semester hours)
ARTS 527Advanced Studio Problems4
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
Second Year Studio Problems Secondary Area (8 semester hours)
ARTS 528Adv Studio Prob. 2nd Area4
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.
New Learning Context (12 semester hours: Can start Summer prior)
ARTS 530New Learning Context3-12
Student may register for twelve concurrent semester hours during a regular term, and a maximum of eight concurrent semester hours during a summer term.
Total Hours64

Note:

The department reserves the right to suspend from the program any student who, in the judgment of a duly constituted departmental committee, does not meet the professional expectations of the field.