Department of Art and Art History Studio Art

Degree Information

3-year / Full-time / In-residence

Program of Work

Course Requirements Number of Courses Hours
Studio Art 9 27
Seminars 3 9
Art History 2 6
Master's Report 1 3
Master's Exhibition 1 3
Electives 4 12
Total: 60

Critiques and Oral Exams


In addition to the 60-hour course of study, MFA candidates in studio art must complete a cycle of five graduate critiques and oral examinations, including writing a short essay about her/his work and progress each time. These critiques and oral examinations consist of a viewing of the student's work to date, an oral presentation by the student, and a question-and-answer period led by faculty. Critiques occur approximately in the semester that the 15th, 40th, and 45th hours of coursework are taken, and are held before the student's four-person faculty Critique Committee.

Oral Exams

Oral Exams occur in the semester that the 30th and 60th hours of coursework are taken, and are held before the Critique Committee and three lottery-selected members of the Studio Art Graduate Studies Committee. In addition, all current studio art graduate students attend as silent observers. 30-hour and 60-hour orals must be completed successfully to continue in and complete the MFA program.