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MFA Drawing Overview

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60 credits, two- to three-year program of study

Drawing is a way of reasoning on paper.

The MFA in Drawing is a degree for students who wish to further their interest in observational and multi-media works on paper and other surfaces. The MFA is the credential that signifies the artist's capacity to work independently in a discriminating, distinctive, and professional manner. The Fine Arts Department provides an educational context where drawing is considered a core activity related to other disciplines, and also an end in itself. MFA candidates can pursue their own goals, hone technical skills, and advance personal vision through intense, focused individual studio activity. The faculty consists of experienced studio artists who work with the graduate students on a regular basis to further the development of their work. In addition to the studio experience, the students are required to take courses in art history, critical theory, philosophy, and a broad complement of university offerings in order to cultivate their intellectual and aesthetic maturation.

Drawing MFA Graduate Program Progress Towards Degree Sheet (PDF)

Requirements for Admission

Standards for admission include a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0, a portfolio that demonstrates your capability for advanced work in your chosen discipline, and a personal statement outlining your future direction.

All applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Office: two letters of recommendation from people who can write authoritatively about your accomplishments and potential; a statement of purpose defining the field of study you wish to pursue and describing the ideas that will inform your work; and a portfolio. A personal interview is encouraged. Applicants are urged to refer to the Graduate Catalog for complete information regarding admissions.