Studio Art, MA

30 credit hours

The Master of Arts in studio art provides students with a firm foundation in critical theories and trends, as well as the practical application and problem solving involved in creating works of art. Students are exposed to various approaches in the field, provided with a historical overview of the field, and are introduced to the principles of a wide range of studio disciplines, including painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, and ceramics.

A graduate student in the College of Arts and Humanities may take only one tutorial or independent study course and may enroll in a maximum of nine graduate credit hours per semester. A student may not receive graduate credit for any course designated as a dually enrolled course if that student received credit for the undergraduate version of that course.

Admission Requirements

Applications are initially reviewed by the Office of University Admissions to ensure all university admissions standards are met. An admissions decision will be made once all steps have been completed.

In addition to the requirements of all graduate students, applicants to the College of Arts and Humanities should complete and/or submit the following documents and information:

  • Transcripts demonstrating completion of undergraduate degree in related field with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in all major coursework.
  • The official results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be required if GPA is below 3.0. 
  • Contact information for three academic and/or professional references. 
  • 1,000-word statement of purpose describing applicant’s goals. 
  • Specific deliverables depending on area of study, such as a writing sample and/or portfolio of work.

Completion Options

Non-Thesis/Applied Project Option

The applied project allows students with a professional focus to apply the theories and research methods of their field in a professional setting or in a final product or series of products. Projects may take different forms, but all students produce some form of material on behalf of an organization or field of practice. Students pursuing the non-thesis/applied project option document their progress and product for final review by their thesis committee. This option should only be considered by students who do not intend to continue study beyond the master’s level. See the chair of the program for more information.

Thesis Option

The thesis involves the creation of an original piece of scholarship relevant to the field of study that investigates an aspect of that field, professional area, or organization. Students evaluate the state of the field in existing research on their topic area and then develop a research question to investigate. Over the course of the program, students investigate their topic and refine their thesis, which is written the final two semesters and reviewed by their thesis committee. The required length for the thesis option for completion of a master's degree in the College of Arts and Humanities is between 50-70 pages. The length will be determined by the topic of inquiry, scope, and procedure used to investigate and draw conclusions. The final requirements will be determined by the student’s committee chair and the director of graduate programs. This option is highly recommended for all students pursuing the MA in studio art, especially if intending to continue study at the doctoral level. See the chair of the program for more information.

Students who do not successfully complete and defend the Thesis/Project Prospectus, or who have not completed their Thesis/Project by the end of AMC 61000, must enroll in AMC 60500 Thesis/Project Experience in every fall and spring semester until the Thesis/Project is completed.

Requirements

Specialized Coursework

15 credit hours of coursework from the following options:

AAD 50001Research Methods in Art

3

AAD 50010Research Studies I: Methods in Art and Design

3

AAD 50020Research Studies II: Seminar in Art and Design

3

AAD 50030Research Studies III: Theories in Art and Design

3

AAD 50100Printmaking

3

AAD 50200Sculpture

3

AAD 50400Ceramics

3

AAD 50500Painting

3

AAD 52100Digital Art I

3

AAD 52300Digital Art II

3

AAD 52400Digital Art III

3

AAD 52550Graduate Projects in Art - 3D

3

AAD 52600Digital Art IV

3

AAD 52900Concept Design

3

AAD 53000Drawing

3

AAD 53001Digital Photography

3

AAD 53010Figure Drawing

3

AAD 53400Fibers

3

AAD 54001Digital Photography II

3

AAD 55001Digital Photography III

3

AAD 56001Digital Photography IV

3

AAD 57000Graduate Projects in Studio Art

3

AAD 58600-58699Special Topics

3

AAD 58901Independent Study

1-6

AAD 58902Independent Study

1-6

AAD 58903Independent Study

1-6

AAD 60000Directed Thesis

3

AMC 53000Arts Entrepreneurship

3

Major Coursework

15 credit hours of coursework from the following options:

AMC 50000Research Methods

3

AMC 51000Research and Scholastic Writing

3

AMC 55000Graduate Seminar

3

AMC 60000Thesis/Directed Project I

3

AMC 61000Thesis/Directed Project II

3