Master of Fine Arts in Studio
Students should have clear educational goals and be interested in research and advanced study. Each should have working knowledge of graphic design concepts based on undergraduate and professional experiences, and have developed a body of design work. Students from other disciplines may be asked to complete additional coursework prior to enrollment in the program.
In seminars and studios, students examine core precepts of graphic design, uncovering larger ideas behind design practice, by studying cognitive, aesthetic, social and technical issues as they relate to design. This experience allows students to focus their interests and clarify their goals. Students develop skill in presenting their ideas, both visually and verbally.
Students have the opportunity to engage in specialized study and research through relevant electives, directed study, and thesis research.
Course Requirements for Graphic Design Concentration
Thirty hours of coursework in a studio concentration.
Twelve hours of coursework in art history.
Six hours of non-art electives or art electives from outside the area of concentration.
Twelve hours of thesis research in the appropriate studio area.
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 60 Hours
Application to the Program
Applicants must fulfill all requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Art and Design, including providing 10-20 examples of their work in slide, reel, or disk form. Do not send original work. Prospective students are encouraged to contact faculty prior to application in order to discuss their intent and requirements. For more information on College and Department requirements, see the current College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Bulletin or go to:
Additional Admission Requirements
In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Art and Design has the following requirements:
Applicants for the M.F.A. degree must submit:
Still image submissions:
Label all materials with name and area of study. Include no more than 20 images. A list with the title of the work, date, medium and dimensions should accompany slides or CD-ROM. Label slides with name, title of work, date, medium and orientation of slide.
Moving image/sound submissions:
Label all materials with name and area of study. Include no more than 6 minutes of audio-visual material. Work must be accompanied by a list with the title of the work, date, full running time, and the student's role (e.g., director, actor, etc.) in each work. Cue tape to desire location. List starting point for DVD-ROM viewing.
If an applicant wishes to include a mixture of stills, sound, written or moving images, then the materials will be divided evenly. For example, if slides and video tape are submitted, 10 slides and 3 minutes of video are allowed.
No URLs will be accepted.
Do not send additional work. If more materials are included than requested, the committee will only view the first 20 images or first 6 minutes.
Work must be packaged in such a way that they can be easily transported and viewed. If slides and/or photographs are submitted, they should be labeled with the applicant's name and should be numbered to correspond to a list of slides on a separate sheet of paper. This sheet should contain dimensions, medium, date, title, and any other pertinent information about the work. Each slide should have a red dot attached to the bottom left corner on the front side. All slides should be inserted into plastic slide sheets. Photographs reproducing work should 8" x 10."
Portfolios should be mailed along with all other application materials to the address provided on the application. Portfolios may be picked up from the School of Art and Design Graduate office in room 124 of the Arts and Humanities Building at 10 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia after applicant has received notification from the Director of Graduate Studies of the School of Art and Design. Work sent by mail or express must have a return address and must be accompanied by return postage. Applicants should check with the United States Post Office or an express mail company for size limitations. In order to be processed for review, mailed or shipped work must be postmarked by the deadline listed in the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Bulletin.
The School of Art and Design will take reasonable care of the handling of portfolio materials but will not be held responsible for damage or loss.
For more detailed information about the program please see the Georgia State University General Catalogues.