Master of Arts in Art (Creative) and Art History

Major: ART
Degree Awarded: MA
Unit: GA
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/art/

Program Information

To be considered for admission to the M.A. program, students must submit the following credentials:

  • Transcripts of all colleges attended (undergraduate or graduate)

  • Two letters of recommendation specific to the program

  • Graduate Record Examination scores

Students may receive a Master of Arts degree in the Department of Fine Arts by completing thirty-one (31) credit hours of graduate study divided between work in the Core Curriculum and work in one of the following three tracks of study: Art History, Critical and Curatorial Studies, or Studio Art.

Curriculum

Concentration in Art History

Applicants for admission to the Master's Program in this track are expected to demonstrate competence in the history of art, equivalent to an undergraduate major.

Reading knowledge of one foreign language is required for the completion of the Master's degree in the art history track. This requirement should be met during the first year in the program, but must be met before enrolling for Thesis Guidance (ARTH 645/646). Proficiency can be demonstrated in one of two ways: 1) taking an examination administered by the department, scheduled in the fall and spring semesters; 2) completing the intermediate level of the language at the University of Louisville with a grade of B or better.

Art History Concentration

Course # Course Description

Credit Hours

ARTH Pre 1750 - 3 credit hours, select one course from the following:

 

ARTH 542 Special Topics

3

ARTH 551 / ARTH 651 Studies in Ancient Art

3

ARTH 552 Ancient Painting

3

ARTH 553 Ancient Cities

3

ARTH 561 / ARTH 661 Studies in Medieval Art

3

ARTH 571 / ARTH 671 Studies Renaissance Art

3

ARTH 581 / ARTH 681 Studies in Baroque Art

3

ARTH After 1750 - 3 credit hours, select one course from the following:

 

ARTH 521 Studies in Modern Art

3

ARTH 525 / ARTH 625 Representations of Trauma in the Visual Arts

3

ARTH 526 / ARTH 626 Studies in Contemporary Art

3

ARTH 542 Special Topics

3

ARTH 593 / ARTH 693 Studies in Modern Architecture

3

ARTH 595 / ARTH 695 Studies in American Art

3

ARTH 597 Studies in Photographic History

3

ARTH 621 Topics in Modern Art

3

ARTH 623 History of Performance Art

3

ARTH 699 Topics in Urban History

3

ARTH NonWestern- 3 credit hours, select one course from the following:

 

ARTH 531 / ARTH 631 Studies in Asian Art

3

ARTH 542 Special Topics

3

ARTH 544 Pan-African Art: Form and Content

3

ARTH 549 Contemporary Trends in African American Art

3

ARTH Elective

3

ARTH Elective

3

ARTH 643/644 – Independent Study (one optional independent study course is permitted)

 

Language

cr

Thesis

cr

Total ARTH Concentration Credit Hours

15

Each student must complete a core curriculum (16 credit hours) consisting of Art History 642 - Theories and Methods in Art History, six (6) credit hours of 500 or 600-level electives in the Department of Fine Arts, three (3) credit hours of 500 or 600-level electives outside the Department, three (3) credit hours of thesis guidance, and a one (1) credit hour graduate seminar.

The concentration in Art History will require fifteen (15) credit hours of 500 or 600-level courses in Art History with a minimum of one course in each of the following areas: Pre 1750, After 1750, Nonwestern, Independent Study (ARTH 643/644) (one independent study course is permitted), concluding with a written thesis.

The thesis consists of a research paper demonstrating critical knowledge of relevant sources, skill in analysis and interpretation, and ability to present the results in a well-organized and intelligent manner. The thesis must be defended in an oral examination. A reading knowledge of one foreign language is required (see above). A minimum of twelve (12) credit hours (exclusive of Thesis Guidance) must be at the 600-level, of which at least nine (9) credit hours must be in art history.

Concentration in Critical & Curatorial Studies

Applicants for admission to the Master's Program in this track are expected to demonstrate competence in the history of art, studio art or arts management equivalent to an undergraduate major and an interest in museum theory and work.

Each student must complete a core curriculum (16 credit hours) consisting of Art History 642 - Theories and Methods in Art History, six (6) credit hours of 500 or 600-level electives in the Department of Fine Arts, three (3) credit hours of 500 or 600-level electives outside the Department, three (3) credit hours of thesis guidance, and a one (1) credit hour graduate seminar (ART/ARTH/CCS 600).

The concentration in Critical & Curatorial Studies will require fifteen (15) credit hours of coursework consisting of ARTH 542 / CCS 646: Special Topics); CCS 547/647: Introduction to Critical and Curatorial Studies I; CCS 648 Critical and Curatorial Studies II; a 600-level Public Administration arts management course (selected from PADM 600, 603, 609, or 612); CCS 649 Curatorial Internship; and concluding with a thesis exhibition or curatorial project. The exhibition or curatorial project may be produced in cooperation with the University's Galleries, the Speed Art Museum, or other appropriate institutions authorized by the Department, and should be a culminating experience occurring in the final year of study. To fulfill this requirement, the candidate must submit a prefatory project proposal with the approval of their graduate advisor, produce or implement the thesis practicum proposed and appropriately document the exhibit or project. This documentation will include exhibition or project materials such as press releases, announcements, wall texts, brochures and/or catalog, and digital and/or photographic documentation of the exhibition or project as well as other corollary documentary materials. The thesis project will also include a written portion, in addition to the practicum and documentation, that will provide a narrative basis in critical theory and current professional curatorial practice detailing the planning, implementation and documentation of the project. The written thesis will be submitted in conformity with the regulations governing the form and presentation of the written master's thesis. (Note: 12 credit hours, exclusive of Thesis Guidance, must be at the 600 level).

Concentration in Studio Art

Applicants for admission to the Master's Program in this track are expected to have completed training equivalent to an undergraduate major. To demonstrate his/her ability to pursue study at the graduate level, a student must submit examples of his/her work to the department by October 15 for spring semester admission and January 15 for fall semester admission. Contact the department for complete portfolio requirements.

Studio Art Concentration

Course # Course Description

Credit Hours

ART 500 / 600 level - 15 credit hours selected from the following:

3

ART 504 Directed Study in Painting

1-3

ART 506 Themes & Concepts in Drawing

3

ART 507 Directed Study in Drawing

1-3

ART 534 Directed Study in Ceramics

1-3

ART 543 Directed Study in Printmaking

1-3

ART 555 Directed Study in Photography

1-3

ART 556 Experimental Photography

3

ART 583 Papermaking

3

ART 584 Directed Study in Fiber

1-3

ART 585 Book Art Concepts

3

ART 590 Special Problems in Studio Art

3

ART 595 Independent Study

1-3

ART 601 Workshop in Painting

3

ART 605 Workshop in Drawing

3

ART 611 Workshop in Glass

3

ART 621 Workshop in Sculpture

3

ART 631 Workshop in Ceramics

3

ART 641 Workshop in Printmaking

3

ART 643 Independent Study

3

ART 644 Independent Study

3

ART 651 Workshop in Photography

3

ART 681 Workshop Fiber/Mixed Media

3

ART 692 Art, Thinking & Social Change

3

Thesis Exhibition

cr

Total Studio Art Concentration Credit Hours

15

Each student must complete a core curriculum (16 credit hours) consisting of Art History 642 - Theories and Methods in Art History, six (6) credit hours of 500 or 600-level electives in the Department of Fine Arts, three (3) credit hours of 500 or 600-level electives outside the department, three (3) credit hours of thesis guidance, and a one (1) credit hour graduate seminar.

The concentration in Studio Arts will consist of fifteen (15) credit hours of 500 or 600-level courses taken in 2-D Studios, and/or 3-D Studios concluding with a thesis exhibition (12 credit hours, exclusive of Thesis Guidance, must be at the 600 level). The thesis exhibition, which must be authorized by the Department, should take place during the candidate's last semester of study. To accompany this exhibition, the candidate must submit a catalog containing a prefatory statement written by the candidate, a properly documented list of works in the exhibition, photographic reproductions of the work in one of the following forms: black and white photographs, color photographs, or slides placed in plastic sleeves to be bound into the thesis. The catalog will be submitted in conformity with the regulations governing the form and presentation of the written master's thesis.

Total Program = 31 credit hours

Faculty

John Begley

Assistant Professor Emeritus

R. Todd Burns

Associate Professor

Thomas Buser

Associate Professor Emeritus

Mary Carothers

Associate Professor

Ying Kit Chan

Professor

Henry Chodkowski, Jr.

Professor Emeritus

Dario A. Covi

Professor Emeritus

Robert L. Douglas, Sr.

Professor Emeritus

Mitch Eckert

Associate Professor

Christopher B. Fulton

Associate Professor

Linda M. Gigante

Professor Emerita

Lida Gordon

Professor Emerita

James Grubola

Professor

Barbara L. Hanger

Associate Professor

Benjamin Hufbauer

Associate Professor

Susan Jarosi

Associate Professor

Jongwoo Kim

Associate Professor

Jay M. Kloner

Associate Professor Emeritus

Delin Lai

Associate Professor

Stephanie J. Maloney

Professor Emerita

Scott Massey
Associate Professor

Chair

Gabrielle Mayer

Associate Professor

Suzanne Mitchell

Professor Emerita

William D. Morgan

Professor Emerita

Mark A. Priest

Professor

Christopher Reitz

Assistant Professor

Che Rhodes

Associate Professor

Rachel Singel

Assistant Professor

Steven Skaggs

Professor

John Whitesell

Professor Emerita