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Graduate Programs

The Department of Art offers two graduate degree programs.

The Master of Fine Arts, Visual Arts degree is designed to immerse the student in an interdisciplinary environment that encourages innovative work in art metals, ceramics, drawing, installation, interdisciplinary studio, new genres, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, social practice, video, etc. Program coursework emphasizes advanced studio practices together with study in graduate level art history and seminars with a focus on contemporary topics. Students interact in courses and in critiques with a diverse group of dedicated faculty members from various disciplines. The MFA degree culminates in a thesis exhibition accompanied by extensive written research and a public oral defense of both.

The program leading to the Master of Arts in Art Education degree is designed to meet the needs of art educators working in schools, museums and other arts organizations or communities. Course work focuses on advanced curriculum development, an examination of contemporary issues relating to art and education, and advanced study of art history and studio practices. Students may select from either a thesis or project culminating experience.