Master of Fine Arts in Studio
Drawing and Painting
Artists who are articulate about their work and who have knowledge of contemporary issues in art will gain the most benefit from this professional program. A serious commitment to art and to craft is essential. We encourage applicants who are enthusiastic and have a real understanding for how the MFA program will impact their own artistic and professional development.
Concept and content are placed at a premium. Artists must demonstrate innovation in their work. We are looking for applications that exhibit consistency toward a body of work that can be expanded upon while at GSU. We embrace applicants that will engage in and contribute to the community at GSU and toward the contemporary discourse at large.
Course Requirements for Drawing and Painting Concentration
Twenty-four to thirty hours of DP 8500/8100 Graduate Seminar (Graduate Seminar must be taken each semester the student is enrolled in this program.)
Nine hours of Art History
Six to twelve hours of Electives. Must be 6000-level courses or above.
Up to six hours of DP/PRT 8980 Independent Study.
Twelve hours of DP 8999 Thesis Research. (No more than 6 Thesis Research hours may be taken during any one semester.)
A written thesis
A graduate thesis exhibition, presentation or screening.
Each student must pass a review after completing 24 hours of coursework. A list of required and recommended courses for each concentration is available from either the Office of the Welch School of Art and Design or the Director of Graduate Studies.
Total Program Hours 60
M.F.A. candidates must complete a compliment of 30 credit hours within their concentration, two related studio experiences, and four art history courses. A mid-program review and a review for thesis approval are held as significant check points during the student’s program. Upon fulfilling all course requirements, a graduate student selects a faculty committee to guide the exploration, development and completion of a thesis project. The committee must have a minimum of three members, the majority coming from the candidate’s area of concentration. Once the thesis project is agreed upon, an exhibition and written text must be satisfactorily developed and produced with the approval of the committee members as well as that of the Director of the School of Art and Design.
Prospective students should:
1.Contact the Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking area coordinator during Fall or Spring semesters to discuss intent and requirements.
2.Visit the studio and meet with faculty and students (optional but encouraged).
3.Fulfill all requirements for the University, the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Art and Design.
4.Applications may be obtained from the College of Arts and Sciences website: www.gsu.edu.
Careers of successful graduates include:
1.practicing professional artists of national and international status
2.graphic artists working in areas of design, television, theatre and film
3.gallery owners, directors and associates
4.arts program coordinators and administrators, and,
5.artist educators conversant on all levels of artistic achievement, primary school through terminal degree research at the university level.
For more detailed information about the program please see the Georgia State University General Catalogues.