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Master of Arts in Studio Art Program

This program provides opportunity to improve and expand artistic skills and technical abilities. We expect students to develop capacities to work independently, make effective artistic and intellectual judgments and professional decisions in their areas of specialization. 

Program length & format

This full-time program is typically completed in 2-3 years. A mix of both day and evening classes are offered. 

Program requirements & areas of specialization

Students must complete 30-36 credit hours, depending on their choice of the non-project or graduate project/thesis option. A minimum of 15 hours must be completed in one of three concentration areas:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Ceramics 

Two program options

This graduate program provides two separate tracks for students, depending on their overall learning goals. The thesis/project track focuses on results—what students are able to achieve on their own—and the coursework option focuses on helping students define and develop what work they’d like to achieve. 

Non-project option

Students in this track spend their time with coursework, which gives them time to study techniques, concepts and history of art.

  • 36 hours of coursework

Graduate project/thesis option

This track is designed to give students time in the studio where they build on their skills and prepare for their thesis exhibition.

  • 24 hours of coursework
  • 6 hours of ART 590 Thesis/Project (thesis must be approved before enrolling in ART 590)

Thesis requirements

  • A coherent series of works exemplifying the artist’s abilities and knowledge
  • A written thesis explaining the work, concept and historical precedents
  • Artist’s statement
  • Exhibition of thesis/project
  • Digital portfolio and documentation of the exhibition
  • The final review of thesis/project by the Faculty Graduate Committee

Courses enrich art appreciation and development

  • Art Since 1900
  • Women in Art
  • Methods & Materials for Curriculum & Instruction
  • Methods & Materials for Two-Dimensional Art
  • Methods & Materials in Three-Dimensional Art
  • Ceramics Technique
  • Advanced Painting
  • Advanced Drawing
  • Special Topics in Art
  • Thesis


Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $508/credit hour. Students are responsible for their own textbooks and course materials. Learn more about financial aid for graduate students ►

When can I start?

Students may begin the program in August or January, provided they have completed all admission requirements and have been accepted into the program. The program follows a rolling admissions policy; however, applicants who complete the admissions process by July 15 for Semester I (Fall 2016) and Nov. 1 for Semester II (Spring 2017) will be given priority consideration. 

Check out our academic calendar to see when classes begin ►