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Graduate Programs

Graduate Snapshot - Art, Design and Art History

Description of Program:

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

In addition to the general admission requirements, the prospective graduate student in the Master of Fine Arts program must have an undergraduate degree with a minimum of 33 credit hours in studio art and nine credit hours in art history. The art history hours must include six hours surveying the history of Western art and three hours in upper-level art history.

Also required are:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A portfolio of the applicant's artwork
  • An artist's statement

The portfolio must consist of 20 examples of the applicant's work: photographs, slides or digital images. The applicant for the Master of Fine Arts Program must have at least half of the artwork in the portfolio in the intended area of emphasis. This portfolio must be submitted to the School of Art, Design and Art History for examination before action on an application for graduate admission takes place.

The Master of Fine Arts degree in studio art is awarded for a high level of professional competence, so the student will select an emphasis in a studio area. Ceramics, metals, painting and drawing, photography, sculpture, and intermedia are available. The program of study is 60 hours of graduate credit, including 39 credit hours of studio art, 12-18 of which must be in the concentration and 12 in graduate studio; 12 credit hours in art history, with a minimum of three in Modern Art Since 1945 and three credits of non-Western recommended; and three credit hours in Contemporary Art Theory. In the final year of study, the M.F.A. candidate will complete two semesters of Thesis, culminating in a Thesis Exhibition, a Thesis Monograph, a gallery talk and an oral comprehensive examination.

Master of Arts in Art Education (M.A.)

The candidate must have an undergraduate degree with a minimum of 33 credit hours in studio art and nine credit hours in art history. The art history hours must include six hours surveying the history of Western art and three hours in upper-level art history. The candidate must have an art-teaching license and submit:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A teaching philosophy
  • An example lesson plan demonstrating comprehensive art education
  • A personal statement as an indication of preparation for graduate study.

The program of study includes nine hours in art education, six hours in art history, three hours in criticism, six hours in education and/or art education electives (Directed Study), and six hours of thesis.

Master of Arts in Studio Art (M.A.)

Candidates must meet the same admission requirements as candidates for the Master of Fine Arts degree.

The program of study includes 15 hours of studio in the applicant's area of interest, six hours of art history, three hours of contemporary art theory and six hours of elective credit. Near the end of the program of study, the candidate must produce an exhibition of his/her graduate artwork, a slide or CD portfolio of the exhibition (to be retained by the university) and written statement clarifying the student's work, its development and its cultural and historical references. An oral comprehensive examination, generally in conjunction with the exhibition and closely related to the written statement, will also be held.

Degrees Offered:
Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art (M.F.A.)
Master of Arts in Art History (M.A.) - Not accepting students 2012-2013.
Master of Arts in Art Education (M.A.)
Master of Arts in Studio Art (M.A.)

Concentration:
Ceramics
Intermedia
Metals
Painting and Drawing
Photography
Sculpture

Program Website: http://www.jmu.edu/artandarthistory/

Catalog Website: http://www.jmu.edu/gradcatalog/13/programs/art.html