Art (MFA)

Art (MFA)

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The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Art is organized within a two- dimensional and a three-dimensional structure. Our students specialize in drawing, ceramics, painting, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, photography, design, installation, performance, or mixed media. The MFA in Art requires the completion of a total of 60 semester hours of course work, which includes 33 hours of studio courses; 24 hours must be taken in the student’s area of concentration; 9 hours will be taken in a minor studio area. The student must take 12 hours of art history courses and 3 hour seminar, ART 6383, The Art Profession. The final semester includes Art 7300, Graduate Exhibition and Art 7301 Graduate Paper on Art 7300, Graduate Exhibition and Art 7303 Graduate Thesis. In addition, graduate students must complete six hours of graduate level university electives.

  • Why UTRGV?

    • Ranked #79 among 300+ national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018
    • Ranked 4th best college in Texas 2018 by BestColleges.com
    • Accredited, cutting edge degree program
    • Experienced, dedicated faculty
    • Affordable tuition (ranked #1 in net price among national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018 and #3 most affordable university in America 2018 by BestValueSchools.com)
    • Demonstrated student success in research, professional certification and career advancement
  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. There is no application fee.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

     
    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.
     

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field, with a minimum of 60 hours of art at the undergraduate level.
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Personal statement detailing artistic direction and professional goals.
    • Three  letters  of  recommendation  from  professional  or  academic sources.
    • Submission of  20 digital  images of recent works in major area of concentration with label information (Title, Medium, Size, Date).

    Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the Additional Documents for Domestic Applicants who Attend Foreign Universities section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.

    Additional requirements for international applicants:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.
    • Financial   Documentation  showing sufficient funds to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study. For additional information, visit the Financial Documentation section of our website.
    • Immigration  documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. For additional information, visit the Immigration Documents section of our website.

    UPDATE ON INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS FROM U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT:

    • SEVP regulations prohibit the issuance of a Form I-20 based on conditional admission, effective July 13, 2016. University officials can only issue a Form I-20 when students have met all standards for admission for the program of study listed on the Form I-20. These standards for admission include any English proficiency requirements.

  • Program Contact

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Robert Bradley

    Phone: 956-665-2897

    Office: Edinburg Campus, VABL 1204

    E-Mail: robert.bradley@utrgv.edu

  • Deadlines

    Deadlines:

    Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.

    *Note: This program only admits applicants during Fall, Spring, Summer I and Summer II semesters.

  • Tuition Estimate

    Residency Per 3-Credit Hour Course Semester (9-Credit Hours) Total Estimated Cost
    Texas Resident $1,359.29 $3,563.87 $27,185.80
    Non-Resident/International $2,625.29 $7,361.87 $52,505.80


    *We estimate that tuition and fees will closely approximate the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. Please note that the rates above are estimated for on-campus students and those enrolled in 16-week online programs. The rate is different for Accelerated Online Programs (AOP). Visit the tuition and fees page for detailed information.

  • Course Requirements

    Required Courses 3
    ARTS 6384: The Art Profession 3
    Choose one of the following concentrations:
    2D Studio Art Concentration
    Art History 12
    Chosen from the following:
    ARTS 6350: Art History Seminar I: Topics in European Art 3
    ARTS 6351: Art History Seminar II: Topics in American Art 3
    ARTS 6352: Art History Seminar III: Topics in Latin American Art Prior to A.D. 1521 3
    ARTS 6353: Art History Seminar IV: Topics in Latin American Art Since A.D. 1521 3
    ARTS 6354: Topics in Art History 3
    ARTS 6355: Art History Seminar V: Topics in Viceregal Latin American Art 3
    ARTS 6356: Art History Seminar VI: Research Methods in Latin American Art and Architectural History 3
    ARTS 6357: Advanced Studies in Art History and Criticism 3
    Art Studio (Major) 24
    ARTS 6301: Studio Experience (2‐D) (Repeatable for a total of 12 hours) 12
    ARTS 6605: Graduate Studio (2‐D) (Repeatable for a total of 12 hours) 12
    Art Studio (Minor) 9
    ARTS 6304: Graduate Studio Techniques (3‐D) (Repeatable for a total of 9 hours) 9
    Electives 6
    (Outside the Art Department)
    Capstone Requirements 6
    Choose one of the following options:
    ARTS 7300: Graduate Exhibition 3
    ARTS 7301: Graduate Paper 3
    OR
    ARTS 7300: Graduate Exhibition 3
    ARTS 7303: Graduate Thesis 3
    Total graduate hours for degree: 60

     

    3D Studio Art Concentration
    Art History 12
    Chosen from the following:
    ARTS 6350: Art History Seminar I: Topics in European Art 3
    ARTS 6351: Art History Seminar II: Topics in American Art 3
    ARTS 6352: Art History Seminar III: Topics in Latin American Art Prior to A.D. 1521 3
    ARTS 6353: Art History Seminar IV: Topics in Latin American Art Since A.D. 1521 3
    ARTS 6354: Topics in Art History 3
    ARTS 6355: Art History Seminar V: Topics in Viceregal Latin American Art 3
    ARTS 6356: Art History Seminar VI: Research Methods in Latin American Art and Architectural History 3
    ARTS 6357: Advanced Studies in Art History and Criticism 3
    Art Studio (Major) 24
    ARTS 6302: Studio Experience (3‐D) (Repeatable for a total of 12 hours) 12
    ARTS 6606: Graduate Studio (3‐D) (Repeatable for a total of 12 hours) 12
    Art Studio (Minor) 9
    ARTS 6303: Graduate Studio Techniques (2‐D) (Repeatable for a total of 9 hours) 9
    Electives 6
    (Outside the Art Department)
    Capstone Requirements 6
    Choose one of the following options:
    ARTS 7300: Graduate Exhibition 3
    ARTS 7301: Graduate Paper 3
    OR
    ARTS 7300: Graduate Exhibition 3
    ARTS 7303: Graduate Thesis 3
    Total graduate hours for degree: 60
    Design Concentration
    Art History 12
    Chosen from the following:
    ARTS 6350: Art History Seminar I: Topics in European Art 3
    ARTS 6351: Art History Seminar II: Topics in American Art 3
    ARTS 6352: Art History Seminar III: Topics in Latin American Art Prior to A.D. 1521 3
    ARTS 6353: Art History Seminar IV: Topics in Latin American Art Since A.D. 1521 3
    ARTS 6354: Topics in Art History 3
    ARTS 6355: Art History Seminar V: Topics in Viceregal Latin American Art 3
    ARTS 6356: Art History Seminar VI: Research Methods in Latin American Art and Architectural History 3
    ARTS 6357: Advanced Studies in Art History and Criticism 3
    Art Design (Major) 24
    ARTS 6303: Graduate Studio Techniques (2‐D) (Repeatable for a total of 9 hours)
    ARTS 6604: Graduate Studio Techniques (3‐D) (Repeatable for a total of 9 hours)
    ARTS 6337: Design Seminar (2‐D) (Repeatable for a total of 9 hours)
    ARTS 6338: Design Lab (Repeatable for a total of 12 hours)
    ARTS 6639: Design Studio (Repeatable for a total of 12 hours)
    Art Studio (Minor) 9
    ARTS 6303: Graduate Studio Techniques (2‐D) (Repeatable for a total of 9 hours)
    OR
    ARTS 6304: Graduate Studio Techniques (3‐D) (Repeatable for a total of 9 hours)
    Electives 6
    (Outside the Art Department)
    Capstone Requirements 6
    Choose one of the following options:
    ARTS 7300: Graduate Exhibition 3
    ARTS 7301: Graduate Paper 3
    OR
    ARTS 7300: Graduate Exhibition 3
    ARTS 7303: Graduate Thesis 3
    Total graduate hours for degree: 60

     

     

    Course Descriptions

    ARTS 6301: Studio Experience (2‐D)          [3‐0]

    Exploration of personal vision within a two‐dimensional framework. Emphasis on group discussion and clarification of direction. Repeatable for a total of 12 hours.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    ARTS 6302: Studio Experience (3‐D)          [3‐0]

    Exploration of personal vision within a three‐dimensional framework. Emphasis on group discussion and clarification of direction. Repeatable for a total of 12 hours.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    ARTS 6303: Graduate Studio Techniques (2‐D)          [3‐0]

    This course is intended for pursuing a minor area. Emphasis will be given to working in a technical direction outside the student’s designated major area. Repeatable for a total of nine hours.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    ARTS 6304: Graduate Studio Techniques (3‐D)          [3‐0]

    This course is intended for pursuing a minor area. Emphasis will be given to working in a technical direction outside the student’s designated major area. Repeatable for a total of nine hours.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    ARTS 6311: Graduate Studio Problems in Drawing Arts          [3‐0]

    Technical, formal and conceptual aspects of drawing.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Bachelor's degree that included six hours of advanced undergraduate drawing. Candidates must submit a portfolio of their art work and be interviewed by the graduate art faculty or graduate advisor before registering for this course.

    ARTS 6321: Graduate Studio Problems in Painting          [3‐0]

    Technical, formal and conceptual aspects of painting.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Bachelor's degree that included six hours of advanced undergraduate painting. Candidates must submit a portfolio of their art work and be interviewed by the graduate art faculty or graduate advisor before registering for this course.

    ARTS 6337: Design Seminar (2‐D)          [3‐0]

    Concentration on design processes, research, and methodologies. Students work on project‐specific assignments and assigned readings for discussion. Repeatable for a total of 9 hours.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    ARTS 6338: Design Lab          [3‐0]

    Provides students the opportunity to test and expand their ideas through implementation of design research in a lecture, exhibition, or publishing environment. Repeatable for a total of 12 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    ARTS 6341: Graduate Studio Problems in Sculpture          [3‐0]

    Technical, formal and conceptual aspects of three‐dimensional design and sculpture.

    Prerequisites:  Graduate  standing. Bachelor's degree that included six hours of advanced undergraduate sculpture. Candidates must submit a portfolio of their art work and be interviewed by the graduate art faculty or graduate advisor before registering for this course.

    ARTS 6350: Art History Seminar I: Topics in European Art          [3‐0]

    Seminar/lecture on selected topics of European art history will be presented. Paper required.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    ARTS 6351: Art History Seminar II: Topics in American Art          [3‐0]

    Seminar/lecture on selected topics in American art history will be presented. Paper required.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    ARTS 6352: Art History Seminar III: Topics in Latin American Art Prior to A.D. 1521          [3‐0]

    Seminar/lecture on selected topics in Latin American art prior to A.D. 1521 will be presented. Paper required.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    ARTS 6353: Art History Seminar IV: Topics in Latin American Art Since A.D. 1521          [3‐0]

    Seminar/lecture on selected topics in Latin American art since A.D.  1521  will be  presented.  Paper required.  

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    ARTS 6354: Topics in Art History          [3‐0]

    Seminar/lecture concerned with the philosophical overviews of selected art epochs will be presented. Paper required.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    ARTS 6355: Art History Seminar V: Topics in Viceregal Latin American Art          [3‐0]

    Seminar/lecture on selected topics of Viceregal Latin American art and architecture from the founding of the city of Santa Domingo in 1502 to the end of Spanish hegemony in 1821.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    ARTS 6356: Art History Seminar VI: Research Methods in Latin American Art History          [3‐0]

    Seminar on the major theoretical and critical lines of inquiry and their application to advanced research in selected topics of Latin American, Mexican or Latin@ art or architecture. Paper required. This is the capstone course for the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in Art History.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    ARTS 6357: Advanced Studies in Art History and Criticism          [3‐0]

    Analysis of selected areas of art history and criticism from established periods and styles of art.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Bachelor’s degree that included six hours of advanced art history. Candidates must submit a portfolio of their art work and be interviewed by the graduate art faculty or graduate advisor before registering for this course.

    ARTS 6358: Design History and Criticism          [3‐0]

    In a broad sense the seminar examines the history and ethnography of material objects. This includes utilitarian and symbolic invested things. To close the gap between this vast agenda and our closest interest, the history of graphic design, we focus our concern on printed materials, looking even closer to the combination of text and image in the mass printed page from antiquity to the digital era.

    Prerequisite: Graduate Standing, interview with instructor, and submission of a portfolio.

    ARTS 6359: Topics in Museum Studies          [3‐0]

    This course explores museum theory and practice in a changing technological, social, and political environment. It examines technology’s critical role in today’s museum and investigates new models of education, exhibition, and business strategies while considering the institutional role of the museum in society.

    ARTS 6371: Graduate Studio Problems in Ceramics          [3‐0]

    The variety of pottery as a sculptural medium.  Development of individual expression through the use of volume, form, space and mass. Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Bachelor's degree that included six hours of advanced undergraduate ceramics. Candidates must submit a portfolio of their art work and be interviewed by the graduate art faculty or graduate advisor before registering for this course.

    ARTS 6381: Current Topics in Art Education          [3‐0]

    Exploration of the ever‐changing environment of schools, curriculum and the general problems of the working art educator in today's educational environment. Tools and strategies relevant to art education and teaching.

    Prerequisites:   Graduate standing, Bachelor's degree and Texas Teacher's Certification.

    ARTS 6382: Art Education in Western History          [3‐0]

    An examination of art education in Western history, from its origins to the present, focusing on social context, philosophical background and relevance and events in art history and culture that have shaped its development.

    Prerequisites:  Graduate standing, Bachelor's degree and Texas Teacher's Certification.

    ARTS 6383: Art Education Studio          [3‐0]

    Overall view of advanced plastic arts creativity in both 2‐ and 3‐dimensional disciplines, emphasizing a holistic and generalist approach to studio activities. This experience will translate into a wide range of studio activities for future classroom instruction.

    Prerequisites:   Graduate standing, Bachelor's degree and Texas Teacher's Certification.

    ARTS 6384: The Art Profession         [3‐0]

    Strategies for professional representation, establishing an art business and considerations for teaching in higher education are discussed in a seminar format. A review of financial opportunities is also included. Paper required.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    ARTS 6387: Special Topics Studio          [3‐0]

    Special Topics Studio Topics for graduate instruction. Immersion within an artistic discipline to study specialized studio art topics outside the established curriculum.

    Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.

    ARTS 6605: Graduate Studio (2‐D)          [6‐0]

    Students are expected to develop professional competence in the area of their special studio direction. Research relating to the student’s topic will be pursued. Repeatable for a total of 12 hours.

    Prerequisite: Acceptance to MFA candidacy.

    ARTS 6606: Graduate Studio (3‐D)          [6‐0]

    Students are expected to develop professional competence in the area of their special studio direction. Research relating to the student’s topic will be pursued. Repeatable for a total of 12 hours.

    Prerequisite: Acceptance to MFA candidacy.

    ARTS 6639: Design Studio          [6‐0]

    A structures course based upon advanced design issues. Students work in a collaborative environment using design as an effective method of change and research. Repeatable for a total of 12 hours.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    ARTS 7300: Graduate Exhibition          [3‐0]

    Planning and producing an exhibition for work previously prepared for this course. This course will be taken during the student’s final semester of study and is an integral part of ARTS 7301 or ARTS 7303.

    ARTS 7301: Graduate Paper          [3‐0]

    A description paper focused on the considerations that were made manifest through the works included in the Graduate Exhibition. This will be the final requirement for completion of the MFA degree and will be taken in conjunction with ART 7300. The paper will be presented to the student’s graduate committee.

    ARTS 7303: Graduate Thesis          [3‐0]

    Student will complete a thesis in accord with the regulations of the Graduate College during the final semester of study. Studio and Design Majors, this will be the final requirement for completion of the MFA degree and will be taken in conjunction with ARTS 7300.

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