M.A. in Art

  • The 30-credit MA conveys the precepts of contemporary fine art aesthetics and professional practices directed toward the creation of works of art, the application of creative ideas, and the transmission of knowledge about works of art and their interrelationships.

    The MA is a practice-oriented degree leading to personal creative development and achievement. The summer residency and blended online offerings are designed to accommodate the working art educator who desires a studio-focused degree. The program is also appropriate for educators seeking to fulfill PDE Level II Certificate requirements.

    Admission Requirements

    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.

    An applicant must either be a graduate of an accredited BFA, BA, or BS in Art Education (MA only), or be judged to possess the necessary prerequisite studio proficiency. Admission into the MA or MFA 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.

    Application for Admission

    1. Application Form and Fee
    2. Official Transcripts - include all undergraduate/graduate course work
    3. Resume
    4. Artist/Goal Statement (one page) articulating the subject matter and artistic content of the applicant’s work as well as professional goals.
    5. Two Letters of Recommendation—These letters should be written by professional artists or educators in the arts with whom the applicant has recently studied or worked and who can assess the applicant’s studio and scholastic competencies.
    6. CD Portfolio - Twenty images representing the applicant’s professional artistic work. Each image should be numbered and identified by medium, size, and date of completion. Please limit jpegs to 1200 x 1600 ppi.

    Application Deadlines

    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:

    • Summer only admission to MA program
    • Fall admission to MFA program

    The Department of Art requires:

    1. First admission consideration and applications for assistantships - February 15
    2. Final admission consideration - April 15

    Program Requirements

    I. Core Courses (12 credits)

    ART 610 Creative Inquiry: Visual Concepts 3 credits
    ART 611 Creative Inquiry: Inter-Media Contexts 3 credits
    ART 612 Expanded Drawing 3 credits

    Select one course from the following:

    ART 680 Graduate Studio Critique 3 credits
    ART 630 Critical Practice 3 credits

    II. Studies in Visual Culture (3 credits)

    ART 620 Art and Visual Culture 3 credits


    III. Graduate-Level Elective Courses (6 credits) 4, 5

    IV. Synthesis (9 credits)

    MA Studio Concentration 1, 2, 3 6 credits
    ART 740 MA Exhibition 3 credits

    Total 30 credits

    1. Courses that can count toward the concentration are:

    ART 557 Graduate Studio in Print Media
    ART 559 Graduate Studio in Fibers
    ART 560 Graduate Studio in Jewelry and Metal Work
    ART 572 Graduate Studio in Ceramics
    ART 573 Graduate Studio in Sculpture
    ART 574 Graduate Studio in Oil Painting
    ART 575 Graduate Studio in Drawing
    ART 576 Graduate Studio in Woodworking

    2. Select two Graduate Studio Courses in concert with MA Project goals as approved by the student’s MA Project Committee.

    3. Student will submit a MA Project Proposal and undergo a candidacy review by the Art Graduate Committee upon the completion of 12-15 credits.

    4. Elective coursework must relate to your artistic research and requires advisor approval.

    5. Educators choosing to use their free electives to fulfill Inclusive Classrooms and/or Standards Aligned Systems (SAS) requirements for Level II Certification should seek advisement from the College of Education for appropriate courses.