Courses, MFA in Visual Arts

MFA Visual Arts Course Descriptions:

MFA Visual Arts Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum:

On the broadest level, the four semester Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum functions as the outer shell of the MFA in Visual Arts program and emphasizes the integration of all aspects of the program in a context of cultural diversity and aesthetic pluralism.

The Interdisciplinary Forum embraces all disciplines and serves as model for integrating the creative aspects of art making and their contribution to the creation of a meaningful culture.

In four successive semesters one is guided through the exploration of these broad topical issues: Tracking the Artists Way, The Nature of Creativity and Imagination, Visual Literacy and the Interpretation of Meaning, and The Cultural Context of Art through lectures, discussions, videos, film and reading and studio assignments.

MFA Visual Arts Graduate Seminar:

In the second tier, Graduate Seminar in Fine Arts, Graduate Seminar in Design Arts, and Graduate Seminar in Media Arts are weekly critique courses which cluster related disciplines allowing the weekly presentation and discussion of media specific work with similar aesthetic problems.

Here discussions and coursework involve personal issues, process and technique issues, and development of a personal way of working.

MFA Visual Arts , Art History:

The third tier encompasses Art History electives. The Art History curriculum surrounds the inner core of media specific pursuits, providing another facet of integration and offering a scholarly way of looking at the relationship of art to life and culture.

The Art History facet of the MFA program is crucial to deepening one's understanding of art by providing historical, intellectual and academic grounding. In addition it offers the opportunity to develop skills in critical thinking and expository writing as applicable to art, history and criticism.

MFA Visual Arts Electives:

Elective coursework is the heart of the program and provides one with the opportunity to acquire advanced understanding and develop dexterities related to process specific media or allow a one to pursue other fields or disciplines relevant to their ongoing personal investigation.

Mentor/Student Tutorials offer independent study in specific media techniques or mentoring or interning opportunities with faculty.

MFA Visual Arts Thesis Project:

Under the supervision of a thesis advisor and with the approval of the Graduate Review Committee, the candidate is guided in the production of a coherent body of creative work specifically for the Thesis Project. The thesis is not to be a summary of earlier work.

MFA Visual Arts Thesis Statement:

Each candidate must submit a written corollary document with the guidance of a thesis advisor and the approval of the Graduate Review Committee.