Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Design
Degree Awarded: MFA
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/art
Successful applicants will have a superior academic background and a strong commitment to art. M.F.A. students are expected to have a thorough understanding of the principles of form, proficiency in various media and technical skills, as well as a fluency in language and discourse in the historic and contemporary contexts.
The minimum requirement for admission is an undergraduate degree in studio art from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 48 credit hours of undergraduate work in studio courses and 12 credit hours in art history courses. A B.F.A. in Studio Art is recommended. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must present a portfolio of work which shows technical and conceptual competency and demonstrates the promise necessary to succeed.
Students who do not meet the minimum credit requirements in undergraduate level courses (such as those who have completed a B.A. rather than a B.F.A. degree) will be required to address any deficiencies by taking undergraduate courses before admitted to the program. These courses will not count toward the requirements for the M.F.A. degree. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all coursework, including undergraduate courses taken to remove deficiencies.
- Applicants to the M.F.A. program must fulfill the general admission requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences. To meet the College of Arts and Sciences requirements applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and have completed an undergraduate major or the equivalent in the intended field of study.
- Applicants must submit the following to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Graduate Admissions, at the University of Louisville (http://graduate.louisville.edu/apply):
- An Application for School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Graduate Admission
- A $60 nonrefundable application processing fee
- At least two letters of recommendation specific to the program
- And official transcripts of all college work to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Graduate Admission, at the University of Louisville (http://graduate.louisville.edu/apply).
- The GRE is not required for application to the M.F.A. program. However, applicants for whom English is a second language must submit official TOEFL scores. In addition, applicants must have completed a minimum of 48 credit hours of undergraduate work in studio art courses and 12 credit hours in art history courses.
- In addition, applicants must have completed a minimum of 48 credit hours of undergraduate work in studio art courses and 12 credit hours in art history courses.
- Applicants must submit the following additional materials directly to the Hite Art Institute, Department of Fine Arts:
- A portfolio of 20 images on CD or thumb drive that demonstrates competence in conceptual and technical skills;
- A typed Artist’s Statement relevant to the submitted artwork of no more than 500 words;
- A typed Statement of Intent of no more than 500 words detailing the applicant’s educational and professional goals in the field of Fine Arts;
- A resume [no longer than two pages];
- A completed Application for Admission for a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Design (available from the department).
The 60 credit hour M.F.A. curriculum is structured according to guidelines established by the College Art Association of America (CAA). The professionally compliant curriculum, rigorous admissions and evaluation standards, quality and variety of courses, and the faculty mentoring structure will ensure that students accomplish the program objectives.
The M.F.A. curriculum is rigorous and professional. The program is highly selective to allow students generous access to the excellent faculty and resources. The graduate faculty provides students with individual attention, respects students’ individual directions, and challenges students to explore new avenues of artistic discovery.
Drawing from the diverse expertise of an outstanding faculty, students in the M.F.A. program may choose to focus in one medium or explore and combine a variety of media. Courses are offered in ceramics, drawing, fibers, glass, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, mixed media, and new media.
The M.F.A. program requires a minimum total of 60 credit hours (31 of which must be at the 600 level).
- Studio Art: 36 credit hours
- Art history, aesthetics and cultural studies: 12 credit hours
- Graduate Seminar (first semester): 1 credit hour
- M.F.A. Seminar (three semesters, 1 credit hour each): 3 credit hours
- Professional Internships or Service Learning (two semesters, 1 credit hour each): 2 credit hours
- M.F.A. Thesis Project: 3 credit hours
- Total: 60 credit hours
- Upon entering the M.F.A. program, the student will select an advisor/mentor with whom he/she will develop a plan of study. In consultation with this mentor, the student will select courses that follow this plan and ensure timely progress toward graduation. The instructor of each course will evaluate the student’s level of achievement and progress in that particular class. Additionally, the student’s progress will be reviewed and evaluated in each of the four required seminar courses. Each student’s faculty mentor will, on a regular basis, review the progress of the students they are supervising and provide the information necessary for the Director of Graduate Studies for Studio Art to provide an annual review for School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.
- Upon completion of the first year and a minimum of 18 credit hours, and again upon completion of the second year and a minimum of 36 credit hours, the student will undergo an M.F.A. Review where their progress will be evaluated by a committee comprised of three members of the faculty. The M.F.A. student’s faculty mentor will serve as chair of the committee. Students who receive a favorable evaluation will be allowed to continue in the program and prepare a body of artwork for their thesis exhibition. Students who fail an M.F.A. Review will be reevaluated in the following semester. Students who receive two unsatisfactory evaluations may be recommended for dismissal.
- Each M.F.A. candidate will work closely with his/her mentor to develop a body of work for thesis and exhibition. During the last semester of study, the student must demonstrate artistic accomplishments through a thesis exhibition, a written thesis, and a final oral exam. The thesis committee will evaluate the student’s achievement and successful completion of the M.F.A program..
Satisfactory progress toward the degree requires successfully performing of a number of activities, including regular enrollment in graduate courses, consistent satisfaction of course requirements within given time limits, and maintenance of an appropriate grade point average (minimum 3.0).
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