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MFA in Studio Art - Program Overview

The UNLV/MFA in the College of Fine Arts is a research-based program that uses a tutorial and seminar system as the primary basis for teaching. Graduate students come in direct contact with faculty whose personal work is focused in a variety of media. The possibilities for interaction with established artists are increased by a visiting artists and artist-in-residence program. Each student is provided with a 300 square feet of individual studio space. There are a number of graduate assistantships available, each in amount of 15,000.00 annually to assist and support selected students in their pursuit of their creative research activities. Finally, the uniqueness of this studio art program is its placement in a unique geographical position, which creates unlimited aesthetic opportunities minutes from the surrounding desert and the Las Vegas Strip.

NOTE: Any UNLV Art Department graduate BA/BFA interested in applying to our MFA program must wait a minimum of two (2) years after graduation before applying.

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Thesis Exhibition/Oral Examination

After a mid-way exhibition and advancement to candidacy, students must complete their research project by exhibiting their final exhibition consisting of a body of creative work and an artist statement (2,000-word minimum) regarding the intent and underlying conceptualization. The thesis exhibition is prepared and conducted by the student’s graduate committee and the outside committee member. A CD of works in the exhibition along with a copy of the artist statement must be presented during the exhibition for permanent record.

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Learning Outcomes

MFA students in studio art will be able to continue developing their creative research activities, gain knowledge in contemporary issues in art practice and theory and to sustain themselves personally, economically and professionally.

Upon completion of the MFA in studio art, students should be able to:

A. Articulate proficiency in the utilization of a range of processes that encompass each student’s chosen area concentration.

B. Create successful portfolio and artist statement.

C. Articulate critical awareness of one’s own works within a larger context of contemporary art, design, theory, and practices.

D. Teach foundation courses and one's area of discipline.

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Degree Requirements

1. Three credits of Art 700 (Visiting Artists Lecture Series/Artists-in-Residence [AIR]) (Can be repeated up to 12 credits)

2. Six credits of Art 721 (One credit taken each semester for three years starting the Fall of 2014)

3. Three credits of Art 737 Theory & Criticism (Second semester and can be repeated)

4. Six credits of Art History, Theory or Directed Readings

5. Three credits of Art 777 (Thesis project, final semester)

6. The remaining 39 credits needed for graduation will be determined by advisement of the candidate’s committee chair.

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Year 1 - Degree Requirements

Fall Semester

Art 721 Graduate Faculty Studio (One credit)
Art 700 Visiting Artists Lecture Series
Art 710 with faculty in area of study
Art History, (Choose from Art 688, Art 677, Art since 1945 [if needed])

Spring Semester

Art 721 Graduate Faculty Studio (One credit)
Art 737 Theory & Criticism
Art 710 Graduate Studio with faculty in area of study
Art 710 Graduate Studio / or Art 700 AIR (Artists-in-Residence)

+++ Forming a three-member graduate committee (including a chair) at the end of first year of the graduate program ensures the graduate student will work closely with the member committee in the next two years. The selection process is based on the individual student meeting with all graduate faculty in art and art history in the first year of the studio art program. The graduate committee then supports, assists, challenges and encourages during the second and third years of the program. This provides the graduate student with philosophical, intellectual, and technical support in an art historical context.

***Art history faculty can only serve as a member committee.

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Year 2 - Degree Requirements

Fall Semester

Art 721 Graduate Faculty Studio (One credit)
Art 710 with faculty in area of study
Art 710 with faculty in area of study
Art History, (Art 688, Art 677, Art since 1945 [if needed])

Spring Semester

Art 721 Graduate Faculty Studio (One credit)
Art History (Choose from Art 688; Art 677: Art since 1945; Art 747 Directed Reading; Art 737: Theory and Criticism)
Art 720 Graduate Projects with Chair of Committee
Art 720 Graduate Project with member of committee

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Year 3 - Degree Requirements

Fall Semester

***Selection of outside committee member (graduate status)

Art 721 Graduate Faculty Studio (One credit)
Art History (directed readings/thesis paper) (if needed)
Art 720 Graduate Projects with chair of committee
Art 720 Graduate Projects with member of committee

***Thesis paper due December

Spring Semester

Art 721 Graduate Faculty Studio (One credit)
Art 720 Graduate Projects with member of committee
Art 720 Graduate Projects with member of committee
Art 777 Graduate Exhibition with Graduate Coordinator

***Thesis Exhibition

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