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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:

  • All general requirements for a master’s degree
  • 32 credits of coursework from the following courses:

History, theory, criticism, & thesis (10 credits)

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)
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)
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)

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)

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)
Students install and refine their thesis work in a final exhibition with feedback from peers and faculty. (2 credits)

Studio (22 credits)

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.