Studio Art M.F.A.

MASTER OF FINE ARTS DEGREE (MFA) PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS

It is the student's responsibility to review material available online and to meet all requirements for his/her degree, including School Art requirements listed below; and to observe all appropriate deadlines as your graduate program progresses.

Deadlines and other pertinent information are posted on this website. The University of Georgia’s Graduate School procedures and requirements are available online here. Each graduate student is assigned a mailbox (located around the corner from the administrative offices) where mail and notices will be placed for your convenience. Check your mailbox often for important announcements. To the left of the mailboxes is a bulletin board for general information.

Keep the Graduate Coordinator's Office informed regarding changes of address, phone number, and email.

1.  Temporary Advisor

A temporary advisor/major professor is assigned by the Graduate Coordinator in consultation with the Area Chair at the beginning of the first semester of enrollment.


2.  Major Professor

The student should select a Major Professor during the first week of the second semester of enrollment by securing the appropriate signature on the form provided by the Graduate Coordinator’s Office. If the student wishes to change the Major Professor at any time during his/her program of study, a form for this purpose is available here.


3. Minimum Course Requirements are As Follows:

Studio 33 hours
Art History  6 hours
Art Criticism or Art History 3 hours
MFA First Year Seminar (ARST 8100) 3 hours
Teaching Pedagogy Class and Practicum 6 hours
Approved  Electives 6 hours
Graduate Exit Studio (ARST 9210) 6 hours
Minimum Hours 63 hours

Studio (33 hours) includes those studio courses approved by the student's advisor. Minimum requirements involve 21 hours of major studio concentration with the remaining 15 hours as Studio Electives. Studio Electives are ARST classes or classes determined by the Advisory Committee.

Art History (6 hours) requirements are to be satisfied with courses numbered at the 6000 level or above taught by the faculty in art history.

Art Criticism (3 hours) requirements can be met by satisfactory completion of one of the following:

  • ARTS 6920, Seminar in Contemporary Art
  • ARTS 8100, Graduate Seminar in Art
  • ARTS 8350, Aesthetics and Art Criticism

MFA First Year Seminar (3 hours) requirements are to be satisfied with the course ARST 8100

Teaching Pedagogy Class and Practicum (6 hours) are to be satisfied with the GRSC 7770 and ARTS 7990 class.
—These are to be taken the first year of the MFA program.—

Approved Electives (6 hours) subject to approval of the Major Professor, may be chosen from courses:

  • (a) Outside the School of Art
  • (b) In the School of Art, but outside the concentration area
  • (c) Additional courses in the concentration area
  • (d) Teaching preparation, practicum, cognate study are recommended
  • (e) Any combination of the above

Graduate Exit Studio, ARST 9210 and Graduate Exit Seminar. The Graduate Exit Studio may be taken up to four times for a total of 12 credit hours but only 3 hours may be counted toward the 60 minimum hours required for the degree. The Graduate Exit Seminar is to be taken only once. 


4. Continuance Review

The continuance review occurs at the end of the first year (second semester) after the completion of 12 hours of resident graduate work. The student must pass an oral examination that, along with supporting artwork, will constitute an evaluation of his/her capabilities for continuing toward the MFA degree. The examination is not a mere formality, but a determination of appropriateness for continuance in the program. 

The major professor has the responsibility for preparing the student for this exam and consulting with the student concerning selection of committee members. The Continuance Review Committee consists of at least three and no more than five faculty members, including the Major Professor. It is not mandatory that this be the committee for the Candidacy Review. Members of the committee may include faculty from outside the student’s concentration area, subject to the Major Professor’s approval. The student should choose committee members who have some familiarity with their work.

The purpose of this review is to provide first year students with a formal venue to engage vigorous critical feedback and to develop their critical and communication skills and for the faculty to evaluate the quality of his/her studio and academic research required for continuation in the MFA program. Approval is determined by the Continuance Review Committee and approved by the Graduate Coordinator. The form for the Continuance Review is available here.

Please Note: The Photography Area has specific requirements for the continuance review, which is outlined below:

Photography Continuance Review

This review serves as an opportunity to reflect upon and discuss your overall progress and trajectory in your research and coursework with your committee. It does not emphasize critiquing a specific selection of work, although you should put up or have available, a selection of recent or significant work from the past year for reference.

You will prepare a written response to the following questions regarding your research. Be succinct in your writing, answering these questions within 2–3 pages. You can answer them sequentially, or integrate them into a paragraph or research statement structure. 

Distribute your written responses to your committee members at least 2 days prior to your review.

  • What are the dominant concerns? 
  • How are these ideas being presented? 
  • How do you anticipate the work changing? 
  • What are the strongest aspects of the work? 
  • What have you learned about your studio practice?
  • What are the areas you feel need to be developed? 
  • What are the very broad concepts you have been dealing with? 

Please provide a list of ten readings you plan on completing in the upcoming year. These readings may be chapters from books, selections from collected essays or articles. 

PASS: May continue towards degree objective
FAIL: Does not show promise toward completing the degree, and therefore, in the graduate program.


5. MFA Candidacy Review

At the completion of 30 hours of resident graduate work and before completing 39 hours, the student must pass an oral examination which, along with supporting art work, will constitute an evaluation of his/her capabilities for continuing toward the MFA degree. The examination is not a mere formality, but a determination of appropriateness for candidacy. Form for Candidacy Review can be found here.

[ Students who become eligible for the MFA Candidacy Review during the summer may be deferred until the following fall. ]

Successful completion of the MFA Candidacy Review is prerequisite to the student being permitted to begin his/her final graduate art course, ARST 9210.

The major professor has the responsibility for preparing the student for this exam and consulting with the student concerning selection of committee members. The examining committee consists of at least three and no more than five faculty members, including the major professor. This committee normally will also serve as the Final Oral Examination Committee; however, this is not mandatory. Members of the committee may include faculty from outside the student's concentration area, subject to the major professor's approval. The student should choose committee members who have some familiarity with their work.

The purpose of the MFA Candidacy Review is for the committee to get a good idea of what the student intends to do for their MFA Final Exhibition. The review should be conceptually and stylistically consistent enough to suggest that, with further concentration during the remainder of the program, a strong and cohesive body of work will be ready for their final exhibition.

The committee Chair, a committee member other than major professor, will report their recommendations to the Graduate Coordinator. There are three options:

  1. PASS: May continue toward the degree objective.
  2. DEFERRED: (“suggest re-examination”): Needs to resolve certain aspects of his/her art and requires at least one additional semester before applying for re-examination.
    If the examining committee determines the student to be unprepared for candidacy so that additional semesters of work will be required, the major professor may recommend that the student delay beyond 39 hours before being presented for re- examination.
    If the three-member committee recommends re-examination, the student may add two  more  voting  committee  members  to  expand  the  dialogue.  However,  the addition of these new members is subject to the approval of the Major Professor and all three of the original examining committee members who must remain in the re- review.  A second examination must follow within two semesters of the first.
    If the reexamining committee determines that the student demonstrates insufficient promise for mastering the M.F.A. during a re-examination, he/she will be counseled to discontinue as a graduate student in art.
  3. FAIL: Does not show promise toward completing the degree and, therefore, should not continue in the graduate art program.

6. Changing Concentration Area

If a student wishes to formally change his/her concentration area prior to taking the continuance examination, he/she must submit a request in writing stating the reasons for the change to the Graduate Coordinator. A review of the student's file by the faculty in the new concentration area will then be initiated. The student will be notified of the Area decision.


7. Program of Study

A Program of Study form (Program of  Study for Non-Doctoral Professional Degrees) must  be  filed  with  the  Graduate  School  after  successful  completion  of  the  Continuance Examination and no later than the second full week of classes of the final semester, as noted in the Graduate School deadlines. This form must reach the Graduate School by 5:00 pm on that day. The form is available online here. If a change in the Program of Study is necessitated (i.e., change in coursework) after it has been approved, notify the Graduate Coordinator's Office so these changes can be forwarded to the Dean for approval.


8. Application for Graduation

An online Application for graduation must be filed with the Graduate School through ATHENA no later than Friday of the first full week of classes of the semester the student plans to graduate, as per the Graduate School deadlines.


9. Final Exhibition

The student will select a site and schedule the final exhibition in consultation with his/her major professor. Students may participate in the M.F.A. spring exhibition only if they are graduating that spring or one semester prior to or after the exhibition. They may choose to exhibit their work at an alternate location, subject to the approval of your major professor.


10. Final Oral Examination

The final oral examination is held during the final exhibition. The student provides the names of at least 3 and no more than 5 committee members (in consultation with his/her major professor), dates and location of the exhibition to the Graduate Coordinator who will appoint the committee. Normally, members of the Continuance Examination Committee serve as the Final Oral Examination committee. The student will consult with the major professor to determine if changes should be made in the selection of faculty who will serve on this committee. The committee chair will report the results of the examination to the Graduate Coordinator by the specified deadline. Find form for the Final Oral Examination here.


11. Written Report

A Written Report, descriptive of the issues the candidate's work in the final exhibition addresses, is required for graduation. While the Written Report is not technically a 'thesis' and does not require the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School, a student guide for preparation of theses is available from the Graduate School. Typing and binding information, samples of the format for the Title Page and the Approval Page are available from the Art Library. Copies of past graduates’ Written Reports are on file in the Art Library and may be checked out for review.

Bound copies required are as follows: One copy for the Graduate Coordinator's Office and one copy for the Major Professor.


12. Degree Completion

A student must enroll for a minimum of 3 hours of credit the semester in which degree requirements are completed. Prior to the deadline for completion of degree requirements, the graduating student must:

— (a) Submit one signed and bound copy of the Written Report to the Graduate Coordinator's Office and one copy to the Major Professor.

— (b) Check of the Committee Chair has Delivered the Final Oral Examination results to the Lamar Dodd School of Art Graduate Office.