Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required to Earn the Degree: 60

Required Courses:

Project and Seminar Courses
Select 18 credits over 4 terms from the following:18
PDS 8011
Graduate Drawing
PDS 8183
Graduate Projects: Sculpture
PDS 8283
Graduate Projects: Painting
PDS 8383
Graduate Projects: Painting and Sculpture
PDS 8483
Graduate Projects: Painting
PDS 8502/8503Graduate Seminar (4 terms) 112
TYLE 8001Graduate Professional Practices (1 term)3
Art History Courses 212
Studio Electives 315
Total Credit Hours60

Courses are sequenced to be taken in the Fall and Spring terms. The sequence is repeated a second year for a total of four courses taken over four terms. Alternately, if the course sequence of PDS 8502 and PDS 8503 is followed only once, the student must take two terms of another M.F.A. graduate seminar.


Of the four required courses, two must be Art History Seminar classes chosen from a range of graduate offerings (5000 to 5800 or 8000 to 9980).


Course descriptions can be viewed on the Class Schedule. Please note that taking any course under the 5000 level for graduate credit requires prior approval from the studio area head. 

Culminating Events:
Thesis Exhibition:
An approved thesis exhibition, written statement of working philosophy, and slide and/or CD portfolio are required at the final review in order to meet the M.F.A. requirements. The thesis exhibition should be the fruit of the two years' studio research and practice in which the student engaged. The student defends her/his thesis exhibition to the review committee. The committee then evaluates the exhibition as pass with distinction, pass, or fail.