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GRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED

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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 admitted in the fall.  
  • The M.F.A. program is a 60-credit-hour, three-year, residential program. 
  • The M.F.A. in Studio Art degree at JMU is an interdisciplinary studio program that promotes and encourages non-discipline-specific work in a variety of studio-based genres or between genres. Students may focus their work in a traditional studio medium; however, supervisory instruction will be provided by an expansive range of graduate faculty who may not be practitioners in the student's chosen studio medium.

 

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 

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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Corinne Diop
Graduate Program Director, Associate Director of SADAH, Director of New Image Gallery, Photography Head, Assessment Coordinator, Professor of Art
diopcj@jmu.edu 
540-568-6485

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Bill Wightman
Art Education MA Coordinator
e-mail: wightmwh@jmu.edu
Phone: 540/568-5144

Graduate Faculty
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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. Aderonke Adesanya

Professor of Art History

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Audrey Barnes

Industrial Design Coordinator, Associate Professor of Industrial Design

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Dr. Sarah Brooks

Associate Professor of Art History

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Sukjin Choi

Ceramics Head, Professor of Art

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Dymphna de Wild

Assistant Professor of Art, Foundations

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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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Kyle Hackett

Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing

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Dr. Linda Halpern

Professor of Art History, Vice Provost for University Programs

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Richard Hilliard

Professor of Graphic Design

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Dr. Beth Hinderliter

Director of Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art; Assistant Professor of Art History

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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, Associate Professor

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Dr. John Ott

Professor of Art History

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Kevin Phaup

Assistant Professor of Industrial Design

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Mark Rooker

Metals & Jewelry Head, Professor of Art

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Keenan Rowe

Digital Design and Fabrication Manager

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Dr. Maureen Shanahan

Art History Area Coordinator, Professor of Art History

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Rebecca Silberman

Professor of Art, Photography

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Dr. Hannah Sions

Assistant Professor of Art Education

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Dr. Wren River Stevens

Associate Professor of Art History, Interim Associate Dean of CVPA

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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, Art Education Coordinator, Associate Professor of Art Education

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Lisa Tubach

Professor of Art, Foundations

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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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