Master of Fine Arts Degree (MFA) Procedures & 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. 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 Dodd Graduate Art Office informed regarding changes of address, phone number and email. 1. Major Professor A temporary advisor/major professor is assigned by the Graduate Coordinator at the beginning of the first semester of enrollment. 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. 2. Minimum Course Requirements are As Follows: Graduate Level Coursework 42 hours Art History 6 hours Art Criticism or Art History 3 hours MFA First Year Seminar (ARST 8100) 3 hours Graduate Exit Seminar (ARTS 8900) 3 hours Graduate Exit Studio (ARST 9210) 3 hours Minimum Credit Hours 60 hours Graduate Level Coursework (42 credit hours) includes those studio courses approved by the student's advisor but can also include graduate-level courses taken outside the Art department, pending instructor approval. 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 6000, Art Research Methods ARTS 6920, Seminar in Contemporary Art ARTS 6930, Critical Evaluation Methods in 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 MFA Exit Courses (6 hours) Graduate Exit Studio, ARST 9210 and Graduate Exit Seminar, ARTS 8900 taken in the final year of study. The Graduate Exit Studio may be taken up to four times for a total of 12 hours credit, but only 3 hours may be counted toward the 60 minimum hours required for the degree. The Graduate Exit Seminar is to be taken once. Refer to the School of Art graduate brochure for details. Teaching Pedagogy Class and Practicum (6 hours) are to be satisfied with the GRSC 7770 and ARTS 7990 class. They are to be taken the first year of the MFA program. The courses do not contribute toward the student's Program of Study but are required before teaching as an Instructor of Record with a graduate assistantship . 3. Continuance Review Following completion of 12 hours of coursework, MFA students are required to organize a Continuance Review with a Major Professor and committee of their choosing (between 3-5 faculty in total). At the time of the review, students should show (or make available) a variety of recent work and, in advance of the meeting, they should prepare and distribute a written statement about their research (no more than 3 pages), along with a list of 5-10 readings (books, essays or articles) to be completed by the student before his/her Candidacy Review. Questions to be addressed in the statement should include but are not limited to the following: What is the work about? What are the dominant concerns of the work? How does the work engage these concerns? Is the work guided by certain questions? What are they? How do you anticipate the work changing? What aspects of the work require further development? What artists are working in a similar vein (either conceptually or formally)? In the event a candidate fails a review, the committee may elect to schedule a second examination. In the event the candidate fails the review a second time, s/he will be dismissed from the program. 4. MFA Candidacy Review Following 30 hours of coursework, MFA students are required to organize a Candidacy Review with their committee and Major Professor. At the time of the review, students should show or make available a curated, polished body of work that reflects the direction of their research going forward. In advance of the meeting, they should prepare and distribute a statement (not more than 3 pages) about the work they’ve elected to show, along with an annotated bibliography comprised of readings that have been particularly useful or influential. For each reading, students should provide 2-3 sentences that describe the reading’s significance for their practice. In addition, students should prepare and distribute a list of 5-10 readings (books, essays or articles) they intend to complete before their Final Review. During the continuance review, students will be expected to introduce their work, dominant concerns within their research, and the broader context in which their practice operates. Students should be prepared to field questions about their work, reading to date, and plans going forward. Always, students should consult with their Major Professor about his/her expectations and any additional requirements. In the event a candidate fails a review, the committee may elect to schedule a second examination. In the event the candidate fails the review a second time, s/he will be dismissed from the program. PASS: May continue toward the degree objective. 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. FAIL: Does not show promise toward completing the degree and, therefore, should not continue in the graduate art program. 5. 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. 6. 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. 7. 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. 8. Final Oral Examination The Final Examination is held during the course of the MFA show. The works exhibited and the final, written report will serve as the basis for this exam. The written report is a 10-20 page account of the student’s thesis work (including documentation), some or all of which may be included the thesis show. Students should identify the work’s key concepts and strategies and explore key questions as engaged by their work. In addition, the written report should establish a historical and theoretical context for the student’s research, identifying any artists, theorists, and writers who have been particularly influential or important. Reports should include documentation of the student’s work and its installation in the MFA show, as well as proper citations and a properly formatted bibliography. Students are expected to work closely with their Major Professor on their reports and regular meetings should be scheduled to assess student progress in the course of the final year. A draft of the student’s written report is due to the Major Professor and committee members two weeks prior to the Final Examination. In the event a candidate fails the final review, s/he will receive a failing grade in ARST 9210, which is required for graduation. The candidate will be allowed to take this course a second time and to schedule a second, final examination. 9. 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. An electronic copy (pdf file) should be submitted to a) the Graduate Coordinator's office b)the Major Professor c)all members of the student's committee and d)to the Art Library for inclusion in the UGA Library repository Anthenaeum. Copies of past graduates' Written Reports can also be found on Anthenaeum. 10. 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, electronic copy of the Written Report to the Graduate Coordinator's Office and one copy to the Major Professor. — (b) Check that the Major Professor has delivered the Final Oral Examination results to the School of Art Graduate Office.