College of Humanities & Fine Arts

MFA in Art

Overview

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is a three-year professional degree program which incorporates a comprehensive background in the fine arts as well as advanced development in patterns of studio specialization. The degree offers students progressive course work in critical theory, practiced criticism, and art history. The combined studio and academic experience provides students with the opportunity to synthesize information at a higher level, while engaging in original research and a significant body of creative studio work.

Mission

The Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) is a professional degree program that incorporates a comprehensive background in the fine arts as well as advanced development in patterns of studio specialization. The program provides a setting in which students may acquire and develop skills of intellectual and creative inquiry, values of human understanding, and meaning in cultural expression. The program fosters the freedom of expression of ideas, and other products of expression. The program offers students advanced course work in art history, critical theory and practiced criticism. The combined studio and academic experience provides students with the opportunity to contextualize information at a higher level and deepen their understanding of the relationship of the arts to society, while engaging in original research and developing a significant body of artwork.

Goals & Objectives

  • Students are fluent in the metaphorical, symbolic and literal languages of art.
  • Students are familiar with the works and conceptual underpinnings of leading artists of the past and present.
  • Students critically analyze personal, cultural and social phenomena as they relate to the studio art practice.
  • Students develop professional level competence in studio art practice including the ability to produce art, skillfully organize concepts and critically assess their own and others’ works of creative expression.

Learning Outcomes

Art Studio

  1. Student can produce a significant body of artwork that demonstrates a professional level of development within their area of specialization.
  2. Student demonstrates advanced knowledge of the formal, conceptual, historical and theoretical contexts of art.
  3. Student demonstrates professional preparedness for the field