Studio Art, MFA

College of Liberal Arts

MFA in Studio Art

Master of Fine Arts

The MFA in Studio Art is a comprehensive 3-year program designed to guide students toward expertise in studio art practices, aesthetics and scholarly inquiry while expanding proficiency in art history, criticism and theory. In addition, students have the opportunity to acquire experience in classroom instruction and pedagogy and gallery practices.

This 60 credit-hour program culminates with the successful production of a graduating thesis project including a solo exhibition, accompanying written thesis and oral defense.

The MFA is a distinguished terminal degree that prepares students to excel as professional practicing artists in a global context and careers in higher education. 

Domestic Students:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
February 1 Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered

International Students:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
February 1 Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students
Requirements

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Banner ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Application requirements specific to this program:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • Earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or an earned graduate degree in art from an institution accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations.
  • Slide Porfolio- provide a CD-R (no DVD or CD-RW discs) of .jpg image files (at least 150 dpi) of applicants art work.
  • Essay (300-500 words) written by the applicant, explaining the applicant's interest and objectives in graduate studies.
  • three letters of recommendation from faculty or other persons familiar with the applicant's interest and ability in art.

Submit supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

Degree Plan


Course Requirements
Students must complete 60 hours in art with a 3.0 cumulative graduate GPA. No more than 2 grades of "C" earned at this university will be accepted as credit for this degree.

Courses in area of concentration.  

Areas include painting/ drawing, printmaking, photography, graphic design, ceramics, and sculpture

30 semester hours                       
One course in Art Seminar 3 semester hours 
Designated electives in Art History and Criticism 12 semester hours             
Studio electives 9 semester hours
MFA Exhibit 6 semester hours

Special Requirements
18 Credit- Hour Review and 36 Credit-Hour Review

The Department of Art faculty committee will review each student’s studio work following completion of 18 semester hours and again at 36 hours before permitting students to advance toward completion of their thesis project.

MFA students are required to demonstrate outstanding progress in their creative research throughout the program and must meet with their graduate advisory committee at the end of every semester.

See Review Guidelines in the MFA Handbook: http://cla.tamucc.edu/art/graduate/art_grad.html   

MFA Thesis Project and Exit Requirements

Each student must prepare a professional solo exhibition by the end of the third year, complete a written thesis of 20 to 30 pages in length, discussing the technical and conceptual methodologies of the work within a historical and contemporary context, and pass an oral defense administered by the graduate faculty before the degree may be conferred. If unsuccessful, the oral defense may be repeated once. A second failure will result in termination from the program.

The solo exhibition, written thesis and defense must be completed before the conclusion of the graduating semester. Failure to do so will require the student’s enrollment in an additional semester to fulfill the exit requirements or face termination from the program. In addition, the exhibition and its works must be documented photographically. A zip drive of the images and a hardbound copy of the written thesis must be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator.

Thesis formatting guidelines can be found here:  https://gradschool.tamucc.edu/current_students/doctoral_dissertation.html
Thesis submission guidelines can be found here: https://gradschool.tamucc.edu/current_students/assets/ProQuest_Dissertation_Submission_Guide.pdf
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Contact for More Information:

Professor Ryan O'Malley