MFA Degree Requirements

A total of 60 credits are required for graduation.

  • 24 Credits Studio area of concentration
  • 12 Credits Elective credits not restricted to courses in art
  • 9 Credits Art History at the 600 level
  • 3 Credits ARH 698, Seminar in Contemporary American Art
  • 3 Credits ART 604, Seminar in Studio Art
  • 3 Credits ART 699, Exhibition Preparation
  • 6 Credits ART 810, Master's Thesis

Program Information

The program is designed to take three years (six semesters - a total of 60 credits.)  Students wishing to finish in the three-year time period typically take 10 credits per semester (although 9 credits qualifies as full-time study in the Graduate School.)  Upon entry into the program, new graduate students are assigned a Supervisory Committee of three full-time faculty members who will meet with them at least twice a semester, until candidacy is awarded.  Students can apply for candidacy only after they have completed 30 credits.  Once candidacy is awarded, a Thesis Committee is selected by the candidate in consultation with and approval by his/her committee chair.  This Thesis Committee consists of four faculty members, one of whom should be from outside the Department's studio faculty.  The Thesis committee consults with and advises the student on his/her preparation for the thesis exhibition and assists the candidate in preparing the written thesis document that accompanies the thesis exhibition.  The Thesis Committee will also meet with the student at his/her thesis exhibition before it opens to the public, at which time the student will be asked to orally defend the exhibition.  The student must have their committee members sign approval forms for both their thesis document and their thesis defense.  Both of these signed forms must be included  in both hard copy and digital versions of the thesis document that is submitted to the Graduate Program Director.

Each student's MFA thesis exhibition will be a solo show at the off-campus departmental gallery in Wynwood, or at an alternative location, such as an alternative art space or commercial gallery that has been arranged by the student and approved by the Thesis Committee.


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