Department of Visual Arts

This is an archived copy of the 2014-2015 catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit http://catalog.twu.edu.

http://www.twu.edu/visual-arts/

Chair: Michelle Hays, Associate Professor
Location: ART 107

Phone: 940-898-2530
Fax: 940-898-2496
E-mail: visualarts@twu.edu

Graduate Degrees Offered


The Department of Visual Arts graduate curriculum is structured to meet the needs of each individual admitted to the program. A program of study, subject to the approval of the Department of Visual Arts Chair and the Dean of the Graduate School, is developed after consultation with the major advisor. Additionally, an advisory committee is appointed consisting of the primary and secondary advisors, and one other faculty member. The purpose of the committee is to assist and counsel the student as he or she progresses through the paper/project and/or exhibition. Should the need arise, the student may petition for modification of the program of study.

The M.F.A. degree is granted through the Federation of North Texas Area Universities.

For further information, please visit the Visual Arts website .

Admission Requirements

Please see the admissions section in this catalog. In addition to these general requirements, the Department of Visual Arts requires the following for admission to its graduate degree programs:

  1. Application for admission to the Graduate School is made through the Office of Admissions Processing. The University requires applicants to complete the online application at ApplyTexas .
  2. The Department of Visual Arts requires the following items below for admission to the master’s degree programs through SlideRoom .
  3. Interview with the faculty advisor.
  4. The Department requires a GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate work.
  5. All students are admitted provisionally for admission to a master's program in the Department of Visual Arts.

For further information regarding Visual Arts admission requirements, please visit the Visual Arts web site .


Application Deadlines

Spring Semester: October 15

Fall Semester: January 31


Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Art with Concentration in: Ceramics, Painting, Photography, Sculpture

Submit the following items via SlideRoom :

  1. Statement of Intent
  2. Artist Statement
  3. Copies of Unofficial or Official Transcripts
  4. Vita or Resumé
  5. Three Letters of Recommendation
  6. Portfolio of 20 Images


Master of Arts in Art with Concentration in: Art History or Art Education

Submit the following items via SlideRoom :

  1. Statement of Intent
  2. Artist Statement
  3. Copies of Unofficial or Official Transcripts
  4. Vita or Resumé
  5. Three Letters of Recommendation
  6. Examples of Scholarly Research


Other Considerations for Admission

The Department of Visual Arts recognizes an undergraduate degree with major in art from any accredited institution of higher education as the necessary prerequisite for majoring in art at the Texas Woman’s University. For the M.A. degree programs, the primary advisor and chair of the department determine exemptions and deficiencies and design a program of study. For the M.F.A. degree program, the departmental graduate committee and primary advisor determine exemptions and deficiencies and design a program of study.

Normally, an undergraduate major in one of the art areas of concentration consists of minimum work taken in:

  1. Design (6 semester credit hours)
  2. Drawing (9 semester credit hours)
  3. Painting (3 semester credit hours)
  4. Sculpture (3 semester credit hours)
  5. Art history (12 semester credit hours)
  6. Major area of concentration (12 to 24 semester credit hours)

All course deficiencies must be completed before the student begins graduate course work. All students are admitted provisionally.

Additional Courses for Post-Baccalaureate Students Seeking Certification in All Level Art

In addition to seeking an M.A.T. with an emphasis in Art Education to secure All Level Art Teacher Certification, students can alternatively elect to pursue all level art teacher certification via a Post-Baccalaureate individualized program. Students interested in this program to secure All-Level Art Teacher Certification should contact the College of Professional Education for detailed information on requirements for admission and certification.

Courses

ART 5023. Painting Theory and Development. Problems in painting. All media. Development of stylistic and conceptual continuity in painting. May be taken for up to fifteen hours credit. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5043. Papermaking. The exploration of the age-old technique of making paper by hand. Use of Western and Eastern paper pulps and techniques. Paper coloration and the aesthetics of paper. May be taken for up to fifteen hours credit. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5053. Typographic Bookmaking. The study of typographic bookmaking as an art form. An overview of historic as well as contemporary book forms. Technical problems dealing with design, typography paper, printing presses, and binding styles. May be taken for up to fifteen hours credit. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5063. Theories of Art. Theories of art and beauty in Western culture. Organized chronologically beginning with ancient and concluding with 19th and 20th Century theories. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5223. Graphic Design. Special topics relating to graphic design, theory, and practice. Special emphasis placed on graphic design as a medium of visual communication. May be taken for up to twelve hours credit. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5313. Foundations of Art Learning and Practice. Historical, philosophical, and psychological foundations of art education. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5323. Contemporary Issues in Art Learning and Practice. Current trends and issues in art education and their impact on theory and practice. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5333. Individual Differences in Art Learning and Practice. Characteristics, needs, and programs for gifted/talented and special needs learners in art. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5343. Cognition, Art Learning, and Advocacy. The role cognition plays in the art making, teaching, and learning process. Implications for art advocacy are examined. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5353. Curriculum in Art Learning and Practice. Curriculum theory, design, approaches, and assessment in art education. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5503. History of Art. Individual study of selected topics in the history of art. May be taken for up to twelve hours credit. Prerequisite: Twelve hours of history of art. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5553. European Art History. Advanced analysis of art from selected historical periods. Examination of the philosophical, stylistic, historical, and cultural characteristics of the works, emphasizing technical, formal, and content aspects. Artifacts studied vary, and the course may be repeated for additional credit. Prepares students for ART 5563. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5563. European Art History in Context. Interpretation of visual art of a particular region and period in its national context. Includes formal research and study tour to sites in the nations where artifacts of the period are located. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5613. Printmaking. Special problems in lithography, relief, and/or intaglio. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5653. Creative Photography. Special problems in the advanced study of creative and experimental photography; exhibition techniques. May be taken for up to fifteen hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5663. Alternative Photographic Process. Study of alternative photographic processes. Surveys a variety of historical and contemporary experimental processes including pinhole, cyanotype, vandyke, xerox, and transfers. Processes are done with sunlight and paint on emulsions. May be taken for up to six hours credit. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5673. Portfolio Photography. Preparation and production of professional portfolio including documentation of 2-D and 3-D art works, press prints, resume, and artist's statement. Emphasis placed on basic camera operation and lighting techniques. Required for all students completing the M.F.A. degree. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5683. Professional Practices in Photography. Overview of career options in photography utilizing theoretical and technical skills. Professional and practical aspects of photography such as gallery and museum relations, portfolio presentations, criticism, business management and tax preparation, grant proposals, and darkroom construction. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5703. Painting. Study in oil, acrylic, and mixed media. Emphasis on development of personal work with a particular regard to contemporary painting. May be taken for up to fifteen hours credit. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5753. Sculpture. Advanced study of sculpture; execution of a major project; concentration on media; research. May be taken for up to fifteen hours credit. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5853. Advanced Ceramics. Special problems in advanced ceramics; technical or conceptual research. May be taken for up to fifteen hours credit. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5863. Advanced Ceramics Techniques. Advanced study of ceramics; special problems; technical or conceptual research. May be taken for up to fifteen hours credit. Two lecture and four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5903. Special Topics. Study of selected advanced topics in art. May be taken for up to twelve hours credit. Lecture and studio hours vary by topic. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5913. Independent Study. Individual study of advanced technical problems in art. May be taken for up to twelve hours credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5953. Cooperative Education. Nine practicum hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5973. Professional Paper/Project. Prerequisite: ART 5983. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5981. The Professional Portfolio. Development of a professional portfolio by students in the Master of Arts in Teaching program demonstrating the student's growth in the Learner-Centered Competencies. Pass-fail grade only. May be repeated. Credit: One hour.

ART 5983. Prospectus. Designed to assist in developing a prospectus for the thesis, M.F.A. studio exhibit, or professional paper/project. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5993. Thesis. Prerequisite: ART 5983. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5996. M.F.A. Exhibit. Studio research course for a student to complete the M.F.A. studio exhibit. Committee review and oral exam. Prerequisite: ART 5983. Credit: Six hours.

Professors

CALABRESE, JOHN A., Professor of Visual Arts. B.A., The Catholic University of America; M.F.A., Pratt Institute; Ph.D., Ohio University, Athens.
GRANT, SUSAN K., Professor of Visual Arts. B.S., University of Wisconsin System : Madison; M.F.A., University of Wisconsin System : Madison.
WASHMON, GARY B., Professor of Visual Arts. B.F.A., University of New Mexico; M.F.A., University of Illinois System : Urbana-Champaign.

Associate Professors

GREGORY, DIANE C., Associate Professor of Visual Arts. B.S.Ed., University of Missouri System : Columbia; M.Ed., University of Missouri System : Columbia; Ph.D., University of Missouri System : Columbia.
HAYS, MICHELLE R., Associate Professor of Visual Arts; Chair of the Department of Visual Arts. B.A., Point Loma Nazarene University; M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design.
PARSONS, MATTHEW COLBY, Associate Professor of Visual Arts. B.Ph., Miami University; M.F.A., Southern Illinois University System : Carbondale.
PEREZ, JANA C., Associate Professor of Visual Arts. B.F.A., University of Texas System : Austin; M.A. Texas Woman's University; M.F.A., Texas Woman's University.
SYNAR, TANYA M., Associate Professor of Visual Arts. B.F.A., Colorado State University; M.F.A., University of Washington.