The 60-credit M.F.A. signals the highest level of professional competence in the Fine Arts. It requires the development of a verbally and visually articulate argument in a chosen medium, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, print media, metals, woodworking, ceramics, fibers, and trans-media collaborations. The art student‘s research and development culminate in a written thesis and a mature body of artwork presented in a thesis exhibition.
Art students who desire professional practice or university/college level teaching upon graduation should choose the M.F.A. program. Preparation for professional practice and teaching in higher education is exercised through rigorous, diverse components of the program such as critiques, studies in contemporary culture in the contexts of art history, art theory, and criticism.
The M.A. and M.F.A. degree programs at IUP are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and conform to guidelines and standards of the College Art Association.
Individuals seeking admission to the graduate study within the Department of Art must meet the general admission standards and adhere to academic policies established by the School of Graduate Studies and Research at IUP. These specific policies are described in the Graduate Catalog.
An applicant must either be a graduate of an accredited B.F.A., B.A., or B.S.Ed. in Art Education (appropriate for M.A. applicants only) or be judged to possess the necessary prerequisite studio proficiency. Admission into the M.A. or M.F.A. program of the Department of Art is based on the nature, extent, and quality of the preparation in studio, art history, criticism, and other academic subjects. If an applicant is deemed to be deficient in any of these particular areas, the graduate committee may require satisfactory completion of certain undergraduate courses.
All of the application materials must be received by the School of Graduate Studies and Research before a review of materials can take place.
All of the application materials must be received by the School of Graduate Studies and Research before a review of materials can take place. Students seeking assistantships must apply by the February 15 deadline for priority consideration. Applications are accepted for:
¹Graduate Studio Courses that can count towards the major and minor studio concentration are:
²Nine transfer credits will be accepted from the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb, successfully earned as part of the College of Fine Arts’ specific international exchange program and will be applied to Graduate-Level Electives (6 cr.) and ART 680 Graduate Studio Critique course requirements.
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