The School of Art, Art History, and Design offers an M.F.A. in studio art.
M.F.A. candidates may focus their study in one or a combination of the following studio areas: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Each graduate student is provided a shared workspace as well as access to general work areas, a computer lab, and a well-equipped wood shop.
A resource that enriches the artistic climate of the department is the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, which houses one of the finest university collections of 20th Century American art. In addition, the Lentz Center for Asian Culture, the Great Plains Art Collection, and the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery offer many visiting exhibitions and lectures.
Course Number Title Credit Hours CERM 831 Ceramics I Hours: 1-6 CERM 832 Ceramics II Hours: 1-6 CERM 834 Glaze Formulation Hours: 3 CERM 835 Kiln Design and Construction Hours: 3 CERM 836 Making History: History of Ceramics Hours: 3 CERM 891 Special Topics in Ceramics Hours: 1-6, max 24 CERM 896 Advanced Problems in Ceramics Hours: 1-6, max 24 CERM 899 Studio Thesis in Ceramics Hours: 1-10 CERM 931 Ceramics III Hours: 1-6 CERM 932 Ceramics IV Hours: 1-6 CERM 996 Problems in Ceramics Hours: 1-6, max 24 Total 26 required
Drawing and Painting
Course Number Title Credit Hours DRAW 801 Drawing I Hours: 1-6 DRAW 802 Drawing II Hours: 1-6 DRAW 896 Independent Study in Drawing Hours: 1-6, max 9 DRAW 901 Drawing III Hours: 1-6 DRAW 902 Drawing IV Hours: 1-6 PANT 851 Panting I Hours: 1-6 PANT 852 Panting II Hours: 1-6 PANT 896 Problems in Painting Hours: 1-6, max 9 PANT 951 Panting III Hours: 1-6 PANT 952 Panting IV Hours: 1-6 ARTP 896 Advanced Problems in Studio Hours: 1-24, max 24 ARTP 899 Studio Thesis Hours: 1-10 ARTP 996 Problems in Studio Art Hours: 1-24, max 24 Total 26 required
Course Number Title Credit Hours GRPH 821 Graphic Design I Hours: 1-6 GRPH 822 Graphic Design II Hours: 1-6 GRPH 825 Interactive Design II: Interactive Storytelling Hours: 3 GRPH 896 Problems in Graphic Design Hours: 1-6 GRPH 921 Advanced Graphic Design I Hours: 1-6 GRPH 922 Advanced Graphic Design II Hours: 1-6 GRPH 825 Book Arts Hours: 1-6 ARTP 896 Advanced Problems in Studio Hours: 1-24, max 24 ARTP 899 Studio Thesis Hours: 1-10 ARTP 996 Problems in Studio Art Hours: 1-24, max 24 Total 26 required
Course Number Title Credit Hours PHOT 861 Photography I Hours: 1-6 PHOT 862 Photography II Hours: 1-6 PHOT 891 Special Topics in Photography Hours: 3, max 18 PHOT 896 Problems in Photography Hours: 1-24: max 24 PHOT 899 Studio Thesis in Photography Hours: 1-10 PHOT 961 Photography III Hours: 1-6 PHOT 962 Photography IV Hours: 1-6 PHOT 996 Advanced Problems in Photography Hours: 1-24: max 24 ARTP 880 Japanese Visual Culture in Context Hours: 3 Total 26 required
Course Number Title Credit Hours SCLP 811 Sculpture I Hours: 1-6 SCLP 812 Sculpture II Hours: 1-6 SCLP 896 Problems in Sculpture Hours: 1-6, max 9 SCLP 911 Sculpture III Hours: 1-6 SCLP 912 Sculpture IV Hours: 1-6 ARTP 896 Advanced Problems in Studio Hours: 1-24, max 24 ARTP 899 Studio Thesis Hours: 1-10 ARTP 996 Problems in Studio Art Hours: 1-24, max 24 Total 26 required
Course Number Title Credit Hours PRNT 841 Printmaking I Hours: 1-6 PRNT 842 Printmaking II Hours: 1-6 PRNT 891 Special Topics in Printmaking Hours: 1-6, max 24 PRNT 896 Problems in Printmaking Hours: 1-6, max 9 PRNT 941 Printmaking III Hours: 1-6 PRNT 942 Printmaking IV Hours: 1-6 PRNT 996 Problems in Printmaking Hours: 1-6, max 9 ARTP 899 Studio Thesis Hours: 1-10 Total 26 required
Graduate Admission Requirements
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
- One set of transcripts.
- If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
- If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certiﬁcates, diplomas, and degrees plus certiﬁed English translations.
* Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certiﬁed records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certiﬁed copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.
- If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
- Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.
Major Admission Requirements
- Portfolio including 20 images of recent work (See departmental instructions for details.)
- Letters of recommendation from three individuals who are familiar with your work.
- Personal Statement describing your goals in entering the program and your objectives in the portfolio submitted.
- Indication of your studio discipline: Ceramics, Graphic Design, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, or a combination of two of these areas.
February 1 for Fall.
NOTE: When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed
* Updates to graduate program pages are made on an annual basis in conjunction with the Graduate Application for Admission.
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