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GRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED

Art journal

 

The JMU School of Art, Design and Art History is one of the most notable and time-honored public university visual art programs in the United States, dating its foundation to the creation of the institution in 1908. The Master of Fine Arts degree was the first terminal degree granted by the university, and today the M.F.A. is a nationally ranked program by U.S. News and World Report.

 

A distinguished graduate faculty of practicing artists and scholars is dedicated to exemplary teaching and research, and to the professional growth of each student.  Graduate students are challenged through a rigorous curriculum of study that seeks to develop their personal practice of contemporary art, and the historical and theoretical contexts that inform it.

 

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GRADUATE HANDBOOKS


The graduate visual art programs are administratively housed in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. All of the art programs in the college are professionally accredited, making JMU one of the select few universities in the country that can boast this distinction.  The interdisciplinary interactions of music, theatre, dance and visual art students are encouraged, which in turn supports a vibrant creative environment for the serious study of art. 

ADMISSION AND APPLICATION PROCESS

JMU's Visual Arts graduate program is selective and highly competitive. 

Admission materials to all programs are submitted online, including the portfolio, letters of recommendation and transcripts. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  The GRE is not required for admission. 

M.F.A and M.A. Studio Art

  • The application deadline for the M.F.A. and M.A. Studio Art program is mid-January.
  • New students are admited in the fall.  
  • The M.F.A. program is a traditional 60-credit-hour, three-year, residential program. 

 

M.A. Art Education

  • The admission deadline for the M.A. in Art Education program extends into late spring each year.
  • New students are enrolled in the summer for the M.A. Art Education program. 
  • The M.A. in Art Education degree may be non-residential, but students enrolled full-time may receive a tuition waiver and stipend.

 

Use CollegeNet to apply to JMU as a graduate student.  On-campus portfolio review and open house information: 540.568.6661/6216 or artdesignarthistory@jmu.edu

 

 

MFA THESIS CATALOGUES

 

2018 MFA CATALOGUE

2017 MFA THESIS CATALOGUE

 

 

Grad students

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STUDENT PROFILES

M.F.A. students represent large, prestigious private art schools to smaller liberal arts colleges. Some of the undergraduate art schools represented in the M.F.A. program include the Art Institute of Chicago, University of California, San Diego, East Carolina University, New York University, Old Dominion University, Ringling College of Art and Design, Tampa University, Texas Tech University, Towson University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Wake Forest University, and Yale.

Students also come from schools in China, Colombia, South America, England, Japan and South Korea. 

CONTACT THE PROGRAM DIRECTORS

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Cole Welter
Graduate Program Director, Professor of Art
welterch@jmu.edu 
540.568.6216

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Karin Tollefson-Hall
Assistant Professor of Art Education and Art Education Graduate Program Director
tollefkl@jmu.edu
540.568.4304 

Graduate Faculty
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Dr. Aderonke Adesanya

Associate Professor of Art History

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Dr. Sarah Brooks

Art History Coordinator, Associate Professor of Art History

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Sukjin Choi

Ceramics Head, Associate Professor of Art

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Corinne Diop

Associate Director of SADAH, Director of New Image Gallery, Photography Head, Assessment Coordinator, Professor of Art

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Dr. David Ehrenpreis

Professor of Art History

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Dr. Linda Halpern

Professor of Art History

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Richard Hilliard

Associate Professor of Graphic Design

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Dr. Laura Katzman

Professor of Art History

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R. Mertens

Art Studio Coordinator, Fiber Arts and Weaving Head, Assistant Professor

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Dr. John Ott

Professor of Art History

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Mark Rooker

Metals & Jewelry Head, Professor of Art

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John Ros

Director and Chief Curator of Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art; Assistant Professor of Art

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Dr. Katherine Schwartz

Director of School of Art, Design and Art History, Professor of Art and Art Education

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Dr. Maureen Shanahan

Professor of Art History

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Rebecca Silberman

Professor of Art, Photography

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Dr. Wren River Stevens

Director of the Madison Art Collection; Associate Professor of Art History

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Greg Stewart

Sculpture Head, Professor of Art

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Allyson Mellberg Taylor

Foundations Coordinator, Associate Professor of Art, Foundations

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Dr. Karin Tollefson-Hall

Associate Director of SADAH, Director of Summer Art at JMU; Art Education Coordinator; Assistant Professor of Art Education

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Dr. Roger Tomhave

Professor of Art and Art Education, Director Art Education Student Teaching

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Lisa Tubach

Professor of Art, Foundations

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Dr. Cole Welter

Graduate Program Director, Professor of Art, Painting & Drawing

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Dr. William Wightman

NASAD Coordinator; Art Education MA Coordinator; Professor of Art and Art Education

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Susan Zurbrigg

Painting & Drawing Area Head, Professor of Art

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