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Visual Design Program Track

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2 YEAR PROGRAM IN DESIGN

Full-time MFA program, entrance based upon candidate's portfolio review. A minimum of 60 credits is required in the Master of Fine Arts degree curriculum. The program of study culminates in a visual thesis exhibition and an accompanying written thesis. The curriculum requires a minimum of two years full-time study to complete. However students in Visual Design may choose to devote up to three years full- or part-time study to complete coursework, make up deficiencies, and develop the professional body of work required for completion of the degree. The best schedule for you should be formed in consultation with your advisor and the MFA Degree Program Director. The graduate student's committee may also suggest changes in the timetable as it monitors degree completion progress.

Year 1

  • Fall Semester: 15 cr
    • ART 505 Graduate Seminar I (3)
    • ARH 500 Graduate Art History (3)
    • ART 525/625 Visual Design Grad Studio (3)
    • ART 5XX Graduate Studio I (6)
      or
    • ART 5XX Graduate Studio I (3)
    • ART XXX Graduate Studio Elective (3)
  • Spring Semester: 15 cr
    • ART 531 On Creativity (3)
    • ART 590 Instructional Development (or academic elective) (3)
    • ART 5XX Graduate Studio II (9)
      or
    • ART 5XX Graduate Studio II (6)
    • ART XXX Graduate Studio Elective (3)
      or
    • ART 5XX Graduate Studio II (3)
    • ART XXX Graduate Studio Elective (3)
    • Graduate Studio Elective or Academic Elective (3)

Year 2

  • Fall Semester: 15 cr
    • ART 515 Writing Seminar (3)
    • ART 525/625 Visual Design Grad Studio (3)
    • ART 6XX Graduate Studio III (6)
    • Graduate Studio Elective or Academic Elective (3)
  • Spring Semester: 15 cr
    • ART 512 Thesis: Visual Component (6)
    • ART 516 Thesis: Written Component (3)
    • ART XXX Graduate Studio Elective (3)
    • Graduate Studio Elective or Academic Elective (3)

Total Credits 60

3 YEAR PROGRAM IN DESIGN

72-credit MFA program for candidates needing preliminary studies in Design. A minimum of 60 credits is required in the Master of Fine Arts degree curriculum. The program of study culminates in a visual thesis exhibition and an accompanying written thesis. The curriculum requires a minimum of two years full-time study to complete. However, students in Visual Design may choose to devote up to three years full- or part-time study to complete coursework, make up deficiencies, and develop the professional body of work required for completion of the degree. The best schedule for you should be formed in consultation with your advisor and the MFA Degree Program Director. The graduate student's committee may also suggest changes in the timetable as it monitors degree completion progress

Year 1

  • Fall Semester: 12 cr
    • DES XXX Studio Elective (3)
    • DES XXX Studio Elective (3)
    • ART 5XX Graduate Studio I (3)
    • Graduate Studio Elective or Academic Elective (3)
  • Spring Semester: 12 cr
    • DES XXX Studio Elective (3)
    • DES XXX Studio Elective (3)
    • ART 5XX Graduate Studio I (3)
    • Graduate Studio Elective or Academic Elective (3)

Year 2

  • Fall Semester: 12 cr
    • ART 505 Graduate Seminar I (3)
    • ARH 500 Graduate Art History (3)
    • ART 525/625 Visual Design Graduate Studio (3)
    • ART 5XX Graduate Studio I (3)
  • Spring Semester: 12 cr
    • ART 531 On Creativity (3)
    • ART 590 Instructional Development (or academic elective) (3)
    • ART 5XX Graduate Studio II (6)
      or
    • ART 5XX Graduate Studio II (3)
    • Graduate Studio Elective or Academic Elective (3)

Year 3

  • Fall Semester: 12 cr
    • ART 515 Writing Seminar (3)
    • ART 525/625 Visual Design Graduate Studio (3)
    • ART 6XX Graduate Studio III (3)
      or
    • ART 6XX Graduate Studio III (3)
    • Graduate Studio Elective or Academic Elective (3)
  • Spring Semester: 12 cr
    • ART 512 Thesis: Visual Component (3)
    • ART 516 Thesis: Written Component (3)
    • Graduate Studio Elective or Academic Elective (3)

Total Credits 72

3 YEAR PART-TIME PROGRAM IN DESIGN

Part-time MFA program for working design professionals, entrance based upon candidate's portfolio review. A minimum of 60 credits is required in the Master of Fine Arts degree curriculum. The program of study culminates in a visual thesis exhibition and an accompanying written thesis. The curriculum requires a minimum of two years full-time study to complete. However students in Visual Design may choose to devote up to three years full- or part-time study to complete coursework, make up deficiencies, and develop the professional body of work required for completion of the degree. The best schedule for you should be formed in consultation with your advisor and the MFA Degree Program Director. The graduate student's committee may also suggest changes in the timetable as it monitors degree completion progress.

Year 1 (18 cr, with min of 6 cr grad studio)

  • Fall Semester: 9 cr
    • ART 505 Seminar I (3)
    • ART 525/625 Visual Design Grad Studio (3)
    • ART 5XX Grad Studio I (3)
      or
    • ART XXX Studio Elective (3)
  • Spring Semester: 9cr
    • ART 531 On Creativity (3)
    • ARH 590 Instructional Development (or academic elective) (3)
    • ART 5XX Grad Studio I (3)
      or
    • ART XXX Studio Elective (3)

 

Year 2 (21 cr with min of 6 cr grad studio)

  • Fall Semester: 9 cr
    • ARH 500 Methods and Theories (3)
    • ART 525/625 Visual Design Grad Studio (3)
    • ART 5XX Grad Studio II (3)
      or
    • ART XXX Studio Elective (3)
  • Spring Semester: 12cr
    • ART 5XX Grad Studio II (3)
    • ART XXX Studio Elective (3)
    • ART XXX Studio Elective (3)
    • Graduate Studio Elective or Academic Elective (3)

Year 3 (21 cr with min 6 cr of grad studio)

  • Fall Semester: 12cr
    • ART 515 Writing Seminar (3)
    • ART 6XX Grad Studio III (6)
    • Graduate Studio Elective or Academic Elective (3)
  • Spring Semester: 9cr
    • ART 516 Thesis: Written Component (3)
    • ART 512 Thesis: Visual Component (6)

Total Credits 60

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