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:

Domestic Application Deadlines
Fall 2020 Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
February 1, 2020 Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered

International Students:

International Application Deadlines
Fall 2020 Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
February 1, 2020 Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission
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.
  • An earned Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or graduate degree in art from an institution accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations.
  • Portfolio of Works: Provide up to (20) .jpg image files (at least 150 dpi) of applicants works on a flash drive, uploaded and shared via Dropbox, personal website, or shared via any other suitable online platform. Label each image: title_medium_size_date
  • Statement of Intent: (300-500 words) written by the applicant, explaining specific interest and objectives for graduate studies at TAMU-CC.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Provide (3) letters from faculty or persons familiar with the applicant's interest and ability in fine art.

Submit supporting documents online.


Mail flash drive to:

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Recruitment & Admissions
6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5744
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
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

Course Requirements

Candidates must complete 60 semester hours in art with a minimum 3.0 GPA. No more than two grades of C earned at this university will be accepted as credit for this degree.

MFA Studio Art Program Requirements with a concentration in Ceramics, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, or Interdisciplinary Art:

Studio Art - 36 semester hours
Art History/ Theory & Methods/Research Topics - 12 semester hours
MFA Seminar - 6 semester hours
MFA Project and Thesis - 6 semester hours

The distribution of credit hour requirements is as follows:

Studio Art - 36 semester hours

Studio Art - 36 semester hours
MFA Studio Art - concentration in Ceramics, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture.
• 18 semester hours in area of concentration
     o These courses are to be focused on a primary concentration in one program
• 18 semester hours in Studio Art electives
     o Up to an additional 9 semester hours can be in concentration area
     o At least 9 semester hours are required to be outside of concentration area
     o Enrollment in Graphic Design is subject to the approval of the Graphic Design faculty. If deemed necessary, the faculty may require that the Candidate complete up to 9 hours of leveling coursework as a prerequisite to enrollment
• Up to 6 semester hours can be completed in graduate level creative-based courses beyond the Department of Art & Design in consultation with Graduate Coordinator and Thesis Committee.

MFA Studio Art - concentration in Interdisciplinary Art
36 semester hours in Studio Art or Design courses in any Studio Art program area across the department
       o Enrollment in Graphic Design is subject to the approval of the Graphic Design faculty. If deemed necessary, the faculty may require that the Candidate completes up to 9 hours of leveling coursework as a prerequisite to enrollment
     o Up to 6 semester hours can be completed in graduate level creative-based courses beyond the Department of Art & Design in consultation with Graduate Coordinator and Thesis Committee

Art History/Theory & Methods/Research Topics - 12 semester hours

• 3 semester hours in graduate Art Theory & Methods course (ARTS 5392)
• 3 semester hours in graduate Art History and Aesthetics courses (ARTS 5393)
• 6 semester hours of research topics:
      o Graduate Art History and Aesthetics courses (ARTS 5393)
      o Faculty-led research project in consultation with Graduate Coordinator and Thesis Committee (ARTS 5394)
      o Graduate level research-based course beyond the Department of Art & Design in consultation with Graduate Coordinator and Thesis Committee (see MFA Handbook for list of options)

MFA Seminar - 6 semester hours

o 3 semester hours in MFA Seminar: Professional Practices (ARTS 5191)
        • This seminar covers professional development and academic pedagogy
        • 1 semester hour course taken each Fall - Candidates from all three years are enrolled together
o 3 semester hours in MFA Seminar: Graduate Critique Seminar (ARTS 5192)
       • This course supports preparation for the first year review, second-year review, and Oral Defense.
       • 1 semester hour course taken each spring - Candidates from all three years are enrolled together

MFA Project and Thesis - 6 semester hours

• MFA Project and Oral Defense (ARTS 5398)
• MFA Thesis (ARTS 5395)

Total: 60

MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Graphic Design with separate tracks in Professional Practices or Academic Appointment:

Graphic Design - 36 semester hours
Open Electives - 6 semester hours
Art History/ Theory & Methods - 6 semester hours
MFA Project and Thesis  - 12 semester hours

The distribution of requirements is seen in the following outline:

Graphic Design - 36 semester hours

• 30 semester hours in area of concentration, Graphic Design (ARTS 5314)
• 6 semester hours Graduate Teaching Assistant Practicum in area of concentration,
Graphic Design (ARTS 5397)

Art History/Theory & Methods - 6 semester hours

• 6 semester hours in graduate Art Theory & Methods course (ARTS 5392) and Art History and Criticism courses (ARTS 5393). The 6 semester hours can both be in Art History and Criticism courses with varying topics (ARTS 5393).

MFA Project and Thesis- 12 semester hours

• 6 semester hours MFA Project (ARTS 5398)
• 6 semester hours MFA Thesis (ARTS 5395)

Total: 60
Special Requirements

First-Year Review and Second-Year Review
The Department of Art & Design faculty will review each candidate’s work following completion of 20 semester hours or first year of graduate study and following completion of 40 semester hours or second year of graduate study before permitting advancement toward
completion of an MFA Project and MFA Thesis.

Exit Requirements

In addition to meeting the university requirement of a 3.0 GPA or greater, candidates for the MFA in Studio Art must meet the following exit requirements according to concentration and emphasis of the candidate’s respective degree plan.

Upon approval of MFA Project and MFA Thesis proposals by a Candidate’s thesis committee, a completed College of Liberal Arts Graduate Thesis Request form, MFA Project and MFA Thesis Syllabi, and the approved written proposal are to be submitted to the Dean’s Office of the College of Liberal Arts. This is to be done by the last class day of the semester prior to enrolling for the MFA Project and MFA Thesis.

The MFA Project and MFA Thesis is graded on a credit/noncredit basis. Candidates who fail to complete the exit requirements during the semester with begiven an “IP” (In Progress) until the Thesis and Project are completed.

After the exit requirements are submitted to the Candidate’s thesis committee for review, the Candidate will “pass with distinction,” “pass,” or “fail.” The Thesis Committee will administer a comprehensive Oral Defense of the Candidate’s final MFA Thesis and MFA Project before the degree may be conferred . A failed Defense may be repeated once. A second failure will result in dismissal from the program .

Exit Requirements for the MFA in Studio Art Program with a concentration in Ceramics, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, or Interdisciplinary Art program:

MFA Project (ARTS 5398)
The MFA Project concentrates on the creation and execution of creative scholarship as related to the Candidate’s discipline, concentration area(s), and research. The creation and execution of those criteria require the following:
• Planning meeting with Director of University Galleries and Galleries Manager one semester prior to Exhibition
• Completion of MFA Exhibition Proposal the semester prior to Exhibition
• All communication, advertisement, and marketing leading up to the Exhibition in cooperation with CLA Events Specialist and TAMU-CC Marketing and Communications Department
• Installation of artwork
• Posted artist statement and labels
• Oral Defense scheduled within the exhibition dates structured with three rounds of questions posed by members of the Thesis Committee
• Deinstallation of artwork
• Cleanup/repairs necessary to gallery/exhibition space

MFA Thesis (ARTS 5395)
The MFA Thesis concentrates on research and writing in creative scholarship as related to the Candidate’s discipline, concentration area(s), and research. The Thesis must include the following:
• 5,000-7,000-word written Thesis (exclusive of apparatus)
• Discussion of subject matter
• Discussion of techniques used
• Historical, theoretical, philosophical, and contemporary context for the project
• Bibliography formatted according to The Chicago Manual of Style
• Photographic documentation of the MFA Project Exhibition
• List of Figures
• Institutionally mandated front matter
• A bound copy submitted to the Mary and Jeff Bell Library, as per institutional mandate
• A bound copy and digital copy on a flash drive of the written Thesis and Exhibition documentation submitted to the Graduate Coordinator

Exit Requirements for the MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Graphic Design with separate tracks in Professional Practices or Academic Appointment:

The MFA Project and MFA Thesis in Graphic Design is completed over the course of two semesters. Typically, a Candidate would enroll in three semester hours of MFA Project (ARTS 5398) and three semester hours of MFA Thesis (ARTS 5395) during the fall semester. The Candidate would then continue completing their exit requirements during the spring semester by enrolling in three semester hours of MFA Project (ARTS 5398) and three semester hours of MFA Thesis (ARTS 5395).

MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Graphic Design with track in Professional Practices

MFA Project (ARTS 5398)
A multi-media campaign project for their client of choice will be presented in a professional format as either a bound printed deck or digital website, to include:
• Campaign Overview
• Client Research
• Creative Strategy
• Implementation Strategy
• Creative Development
• Asset Development
• Future Exploration
• Conclusion
• Additional Considerations Unique to Project
• Public Presentation and Oral Defense of Final Project

MFA Thesis (ARTS 5395)

A 5,000-7,000-word written Thesis will serve as the foundational context for the Candidate’s multi-media campaign, to be developed for their client of choice. It will discuss applicable research that supports their proposed design solutions, consider the client’s market and category competitive analyses, review target audience behaviors and demographics, and defend technical and conceptual methodologies of the proposed campaign content.

MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Graphic Design with track in Academic Appointment

MFA Project (ARTS 5398)
The Candidate’s MFA Project will demonstrate advanced critical thinking in analyzing industry history, theory, criticism, and practices to support their research. The Candidate will present and defend their final Project during a scheduled public Defense. Additionally, the Candidate will adapt their self-promotional materials for application to positions in Education to include a Teaching Philosophy, Statement of Research, and Student Work samples under the department’s Portfolio and Professional Practices Course.

MFA Thesis (ARTS 5395)
A written Thesis suitable for publication as outlined by the Candidate’s Thesis Committee.

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Ryan O'Malley