Courses / Degree Requirements for the MA in Studio Art
The following is projected for students entering the university in 2020-21 and is subject to change.
To graduate with an MA in Studio Art, students must successfully complete:
History, theory, criticism, & thesis (10 credits)
FA 561 Influences of Modern Art
This seminar includes critiques, readings, discussions and short written responses to ask questions and stimulate the students’ interaction in a pivotal conversation with visual work made primarily in the period from the latter part of the 19th century to the 1960’s. (2 credits)
FA 562 Contemporary Issues in Art
Students engage with readings, discussions, videos and written responses that develop a critical dialogue related to contemporary visual work. Ultimately this platform creates a link to critiques of student work in progress. (2 credits)
FA 563 Philosophy of Visual Art
The practice of art can be approached as philosophy that is applied visually.
Inquiry into the thinking that is behind, and in front of, the artist’s motivation to work is a means of finding one’s own reason to create physical work. Critical discussions of ongoing work supported by readings, written responses and related research are part of this course. (2 credits)
FA 564 Art Theory and Criticism
This course links the analysis of art with the making of art.
This course focuses on exercises that engage the artist as viewer and connect with readings and discussions that are specific to viewpoint. (2 credits)
FA 585 Thesis Preparation
Students spend time organizing, photographing and in critiques that challenge and support their task of congealing a body of work and supporting it verbally. (2 credits)
FA 586 Thesis Exhibition
Students install and refine their thesis work in a final exhibition with feedback from peers and faculty. (2 credits)
Studio (22 credits)
FA 570 Advanced Contemporary Studio
This ongoing studio sequence is the primary component of the MA in Studio Art program. The course supports the students’ development of process, structure and concepts as they emerge in the day-to-day evolution of their work.