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Grad Catalog 03-05


Graduate Study

Admission and


of Study

Members of
Graduate Studies




Studio Art

Degree Offered
Master of Fine Arts

Facilities for Graduate Work

Graduate studios are available in most areas of concentration, and studio art majors have access to the specialized equipment and tools required for each area.

The sculpture laboratory has foundry and fabrication facilities, welding equipment, saws, sanders, drill presses, and an array of other hand and power tools. Students of ceramics have access to twenty-six powered potter's wheels, eighteen high- and low-fire kilns, clay-making equipment, and a complete glaze laboratory. The resources of the metals department include enameling kilns and equipment for fabrication, smithing, blacksmithing, and vacuum and centrifugal casting. There is also a large inventory of specialized hand tools. Transmedia students have access to computer image processors, video cameras, video mixers with chroma key functions, 16-mm film equipment, and audio equipment.

In photography, students have access to complete darkrooms for black and white and color development, a digital darkroom, and four film processing rooms. The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center houses one of the world's outstanding collections of historical photography. The printmaking department offers students the opportunity to work with four large lithographic presses, 130 stones of various sizes, and equipment for aluminum plate lithography, including photolithography. The intaglio area is equipped with four large printing presses, a large vented acid room, and flat file storage. Serigraphers are provided with a well-ventilated work area, vacuum screen tables for works as large as 3' x 5', and a fully equipped photomechanical reproduction facility for works up to 20" x 24". Most other stencil methods are also available. Students of painting have access twenty-four hours a day to twelve individual studios.

All students have access to a fully furnished wood shop for frame construction and other projects. The shop is open in the evening and on weekends.

Areas of Study

The studio art program comprises the following areas of concentration: painting, sculpture, printmaking (intaglio, lithography, and serigraphy), photography, transmedia (performance art, nontraditional video, and installations), ceramics, and metals. The program focuses on the student's mastery of visual and verbal forms of expression through a course of study that stimulates originality, intellectual accomplishment, and critical thinking. With emphases on studio practice and the development of individuality and self-discipline, the program offers students a foundation for a successful professional life in the visual arts.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2002-2003.

Robert D. Anderson
Troy D. Brauntuch
Sarah A. Canright
Michael Ray Charles
Lee R. Chesney
Thelma Coles
Stephen J. Daly
Mark Goodman
Kenneth J. Hale
Donald D. Herron
Timothy High
Teresa Hubbard
Richard Moxley Jordan
Janet E. Kastner
Thana Lauhakaikul
     William A. Lundberg
Vincent A. Mariani
Lawrence D. McFarland
Melissa Miller
Gibbs Milliken
Michael J. Mogavero
Bogdan P. Perzynski
Bradley R. Petersen
Margo L. Sawyer
Michael Smith
Daniel Sutherland
Susan Whyne
Lewis R. Wiman
John A. Yancey
Melvin L. Ziegler

Admission and Degree Requirements

To be admitted to the MFA degree program in studio art, the applicant must have a bachelor's degree with either a major in studio art or a sufficient amount of coursework in studio art. Students are admitted only to the following concentrations: painting, sculpture, ceramics, metals, photography, printmaking (intaglio, lithography, and serigraphy), and transmedia (performance art, nontraditional video, and installations). The student must submit a slide portfolio as part of the admission application; information about this requirement is available from the Department of Art and Art History. The applicant is not required to submit Graduate Record Examinations scores.

The program requires the completion of sixty semester hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

  1. Twenty-seven hours of studio coursework in the area of concentration.
  2. Six hours in contemporary art history or criticism.
  3. Three hours in a studio seminar course.
  4. Six hours in a non-studio art minor.
  5. Twelve hours in elective work.
  6. Three hours in a master's report and three in a master's exhibition.

The student must take a diagnostic oral examination in the semester in which he or she is registered for the thirtieth semester hour of the program and must pass a final oral examination upon completion of the coursework. The candidate must exhibit studio work in partial fulfillment of the degree requirements. The report consists of a text and documentation of major works completed in the studio art graduate program. These works, as well as finished classwork, may be exhibited by the Department of Art and Art History and retained by it for instructional use.

The student should expect to spend three years in the program.

For More Information

Campus address: Art Building (ART) 3.344, phone (512) 471-3377; campus mail code: D1300

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program in Studio Art, Department of Art and Art History, 1 University Station D1300, Austin TX 78712-0337



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Graduate Catalog
Chapter 1 - Graduate Study
Chapter 2 - Admission and Registration
Chapter 3 - Degree Requirements
Chapter 4 - Fields of Study
Chapter 5 - Members of Graduate Studies Committees
Appendix - Course Abbreviations

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