The Master of Fine Art in Studio Art is a three-year, 60 semester credit hour, in-residence program. The M.F.A. exposes students to a range of art and design practices, with the intention of engendering flexibility of thought and action that prepares students to adapt to future possibilities while retaining the option of focusing primarily on one particular medium.
The heart of this program is the self-motivated pursuit of one’s own practice, supported and guided by our experienced faculty, then honed and expanded through the feedback offered in extensive critiques. Additionally, trans-disciplinary courses augment students’ abilities to stretch their creative goals. Our new Academic and Professional Practice courses further prepare our students for the many career opportunities in the Fine Arts.
Our new graduate studio building brings together M.F.A. students under one roof, to promote collegiality and spontaneous exchange of ideas. This space is also ideal for pop-up student exhibitions, graduate seminars, open studio events, and visiting artist interactions. Our specialized facilities, such as the Digital Craft Research Studio, Darkrooms, Design Studio, and the Foundry, among others, provide students with the necessary tools and skills to fully realize their creative endeavors.
Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."
- Fine Arts: Knowledge of the theory, art history, and techniques required to produce works of visual art.
- Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new images, objects, experiences, or ideas.
- Developing Objectives and Strategies: Establishing short- and long-term objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
- Solving Problems: Finding a solution to a problem by analyzing information, considering multiple approaches, utilizing resources, and adapting techniques.
- Applying Current Technology and Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date on advances in the field and finding ways to apply that knowledge.
- Communication: The ability to speak about a work of art or design with professionalism and intellectual acuity.
- Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design as well as the measurement of training results.
All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.
This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.
Total Semester Credit Hours Required
60 semester credit hours (SCH).
Typically, an applicant for the M.F.A. in Art has completed an undergraduate major in art and/or design including the minimum coursework stated below. However, if this coursework has not been completed, the departmental graduate committee and primary advisor may determine exemptions and deficiencies and design a program of study. All course work deficiencies must be completed before the student begins graduate coursework.
- Design (6 semester credit hours)
- Drawing (6 semester credit hours)
- Painting (3 semester credit hours)
- 3Dimensional Art (3 semester credit hours)
- Art History (12 semester credit hours)
- Major area of concentration (12 to 24 semester credit hours)
Program of Study
|Choose 5 of the following (Only one of the courses may be taken twice)|
|Painting Theory and Development|
|Alternative Photographic Process|
|Special Topics (if approved by advisor)|
|ART 5003||Critique Seminar (taken five times)||15|
|ART 5503||History of Art (taken twice)||6|
|ART 5063||Theories of Art||3|
|ART 5693||Academic Practices in Art||3|
|ART 5793||Professional Practices in Art||3|
|ART 5943||Art-Based Research Writing||3|
|ART 5963||M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition||3|
- First Year Review (end of second semester)
- Second Year Review (end of fourth semester)
- An oral examination of M.F.A. exhibition (Oral may be repeated twice.)
- M.F.A. in Art Program of Study (60 semester credit hours)