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Art MFA with an emphasis in Studio Art

Chad Smith, Graduate Director for Studio Art, 903-886-5232; Chad.Smith@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, in the judgment of a duly constituted departmental committee, to meet the expectations of the field can be suspended from the program.  Students must pass a critique for candidacy after their second semester or in the semester of their 30th hour (whichever comes first).  The candidacy review will include an exhibit supported by a written thesis statement.  Students who fail their candidacy may still pursue The Master of Arts in Studio Art or leave the program without receiving a degree.

Thesis with Exhibit
ARTS 518Thesis (6 semester hours required)3-6
Only 6 semester hours of credit for 518 per degree will be given upon satisfactory completion of the requirement
Required Courses
Graduate Seminar
ARTS 503Graduate Seminar3
Graduate Seminar (12 semester hours)
ARTH Graduate Art History (6 semester hours)
Graduate Art History 6
First Year Studio Problems (8 semester hours)
ARTS 519First Year Studio Problems4
May be repeated when topics vary
First Year Studio Problems Secondary Area (4 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.

The New Learning Context

Designed to broaden the student’s education, the New Learning Context is an essential component of 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, and
  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 Metroplex. 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 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, in the judgment of a duly constituted departmental committee, to meet the expectations of the field can be suspended from the program.  Students must pass a critique for candidacy after their second semester or in the semester of their 30th hour (whichever comes first).  The candidacy review will include an exhibit supported by a written thesis statement.  Students who fail their candidacy may still pursue The Master of Arts in Studio Art or leave the program without receiving a degree.