MFA in Studio Art

Admission without deficiencies requires a grade point average of at least 2.750 based upon the last 60 credit hours of coursework, the other general requirements of the Graduate School, with the additional requirement of a 3.000 grade point average in the emphasis (ceramics, painting, photo media, printmaking or sculpture). Also required is a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, or the equivalent of a BFA, that includes a minimum of 12 credit hours of art history, 15 credit hours in the emphasis, and 20 credit hours of related work. Completed application materials must be received by the first Wednesday in February for admission to the following fall semester and the first Wednesday in October for the following spring semester. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not a requirement for admission.

Application Procedures

Applicants should forward the following to:

Graduate School
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260-0004

  1. Completed application for admission to Graduate School. Online application: Graduate School website. Paper application: Contact the Graduate School (316) 978-3095, email, or the Graduate School website;
  2. Nonrefundable application fee; and
  3. An official transcript of all college-level academic work in sealed envelopes.

Applicants must apply to the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries at http://wsufinearts.slideroom.com. Please note that an additional fee may be required by slideroom.

Through the slideroom portal, applicants will be prompted to submit:

  • an application including a statement of intent (outlining artistic goals, professional objectives, and expectations of graduate study experience) and an artist’s statement (outlining artistic philosophy and the nature of work presented in the portfolio);
  • a resume listing education, academic and art awards and recognition, exhibitions and any relevant information;
  • three original letters of recommendation (recommenders will be listed in the online portal); and
  • a portfolio with 15–20 examples of recent work, labeled with title, description, size, medium and date.

Do not send materials directly to the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries. They will be returned unopened.

Prerequisites: Students who have not been accepted to the degree status for the MFA in art may enroll in 800-level courses only with the written consent of the course faculty and graduate coordinator, and must be admitted to at least nondegree Category A status in any graduate area.

Questions regarding application procedures should be directed to:

Graduate Coordinator
School of Art, Design and Creative Industries
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, Kansas 67260-0067
(316) 978-7700
Email

Program Requirements

Minimum course requirements for completion of the MFA degree are outlined below for each studio discipline. In addition, 45 of the 60 hours must be taken in courses numbered 800 or above.

MFA Studio Arts - All Emphases

Required Courses
ARTS 790Graduate Teaching Seminar1
ARTS 895Professional Practices in Studio Art2
Art History
Select a minimum of 6 credit hours6
Seminar In Art History
ARTH 520_
Topics Courses
Independent Study in Art History
Seminar: Topics in Modern Art
ARTH 540_
Topics Courses
ARTH 550_
Topics Courses
ARTH 560_
Topics Courses
Independent Study in Art History
Independent Study
Electives
Select a maximum of 6 credit hours6
Art or non-art courses 500 level or above. May include ARTH, ARTE, or ARTG courses. May include ARTS 800. Courses must be approved by the faculty advisor. See the Graduate Catalog and online schedule of courses.
Total Credit Hours15

MFA Studio Arts - Ceramics

Studio — Emphasis
Complete 23 credit hours of the following23
Special Problems in Ceramics
Advanced Research of Ceramic Materials
Advanced Study of Ceramic Glazes
Studio — Minor
Select 12 credit hours from the following12
Seminar in Art Topics
Galleries and Exhibitions
Special Problems in Photo Media
Special Problems in Life Drawing
Special Problems in Drawing
Special Problems in Painting
Special Problems in Printmaking - Intaglio
Special Problems in Printmaking - Lithography
Special Problems in Printmaking - Lithography
Special Problems in Sculpture
Terminal Project 1
ARTS 878Terminal Project - Ceramics5
ARTS 879Terminal Project - Ceramics5
Total Credit Hours45

MFA Studio Arts - Painting

Studio Emphasis
Complete 23 credit hours of the following23
Special Problems in Painting
Studio — Minor
Select 12 credit hours from the following12
Seminar in Art Topics
Galleries and Exhibitions
Special Problems in Photo Media
Special Problems in Life Drawing
Special Problems in Drawing
Special Problems in Printmaking - Intaglio
Special Problems in Printmaking - Lithography
Special Problems in Printmaking - Lithography
Special Problems in Ceramics
Advanced Research of Ceramic Materials
Advanced Study of Ceramic Glazes
Special Problems in Sculpture
Terminal Project 1
ARTS 858Terminal MFA Project - Painting5
ARTS 859Terminal MFA Project - Painting5
Total Credit Hours45

MFA Studio Arts - Photo Media

Studio — Emphasis
Complete 23 credit hours of the following23
Special Problems in Photo Media
Seminar in Art Topics (photo media)
Studio — Minor
Select 12 credit hours from the following12
Seminar in Art Topics
Galleries and Exhibitions
Special Problems in Life Drawing
Special Problems in Drawing
Special Problems in Painting
Special Problems in Printmaking - Intaglio
Special Problems in Printmaking - Lithography
Special Problems in Printmaking - Lithography
Special Problems in Ceramics
Advanced Research of Ceramic Materials
Advanced Study of Ceramic Glazes
Special Problems in Sculpture
Terminal Project 1
ARTS 838Terminal Project - Photo Media5
ARTS 839Terminal Project - Photo Media5
Total Credit Hours45

MFA Studio Arts - Printmaking

Studio — Emphasis
Complete 23 credit hours of the following23
Special Problems in Printmaking - Intaglio
Special Problems in Printmaking - Lithography
Special Problems in Printmaking - Lithography
Studio — Minor
Select 12 credit hours from the following12
Seminar in Art Topics
Galleries and Exhibitions
Special Problems in Photo Media
Special Problems in Life Drawing
Special Problems in Drawing
Special Problems in Painting
Special Problems in Ceramics
Advanced Research of Ceramic Materials
Advanced Study of Ceramic Glazes
Special Problems in Sculpture
Terminal Project 1
ARTS 868Terminal Project - Printmaking5
ARTS 869Terminal Project - Printmaking5
Total Credit Hours45

MFA Studio Arts - Sculpture

Studio — Emphasis
Complete 23 credit hours of the following23
Special Problems in Sculpture
Studio — Minor
Select 12 credit hours from the following12
Seminar in Art Topics
Galleries and Exhibitions
Special Problems in Photo Media
Special Problems in Life Drawing
Special Problems in Drawing
Special Problems in Painting
Special Problems in Printmaking - Intaglio
Special Problems in Printmaking - Lithography
Special Problems in Printmaking - Lithography
Special Problems in Ceramics
Advanced Research of Ceramic Materials
Advanced Study of Ceramic Glazes
Terminal Project 1
ARTS 888Terminal Project - Sculpture5
ARTS 889Terminal Project - Sculpture5
Total Credit Hours45
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The terminal project consists of an exhibition of original studio artwork, accompanied by the MFA terminal project report, which is a documentation of the candidate’s studio work (slides, video, photographs, CD), a written statement, and a resume.

Plan of Study

In order to define a program of study for the graduate degree, students must submit the Graduate Plan of Study form leading to admission to candidacy for the degree no later than one month following the completion of 24 credit hours of graduate credit.

Assessment Reviews and Examinations

First Year Review. At the end of the second semester, degree candidates must submit materials including digital portfolio, resume, proposed plan of study, and narrative self-evaluation for review by graduate faculty in the studio emphasis area. Quality of studio work, engagement with the program of study, and academic standing are assessed.

Mid-Program Review. At the end of the third semester, degree candidates must present materials including digital images of studio research, bibliography of relevant source material, and self-evaluation addressing issues of content, technique and contextual basis for review by graduate faculty participating in the MFA review process. Quality of studio work, scholarly engagement, academic standing, and progress toward terminal project proposal are assessed.

Terminal Project Proposal Review. At the end of the fourth semester or before enrollment in Terminal Project courses, degree candidates must satisfactorily complete the review with graduate faculty participating in the MFA review process. Quality of studio work, academic standing and ability to begin terminal project are assessed. If the proposal review is successful, the terminal project faculty committee is determined. In the event that the proposal is not accepted, the faculty recommends that the candidate either (1) Revise the proposal for a second and final review, or (2) The student is moved to nondegree status. Eligibility for the review and enrollment in the Terminal Project coursework requires good academic standing with an overall GPA no lower than 3.000. Any exception must be approved by a majority of graduate faculty participating in the MFA review process.

Terminal Project Progress Review. At the end of the fifth semester, degree candidates must satisfactorily complete the review with the terminal project faculty committee. Academic standing and progress toward successful completion of terminal project are assessed.

Terminal Project Review. During the semester in which the degree is to be conferred, degree candidates must satisfactorily complete two reviews with the terminal project faculty committee. At or near midterm, final plans, anticipated studio work and artist statement for the terminal project exhibition are assessed. Prior to the public presentation of the terminal project exhibition, the oral examination is conducted. Quality of the terminal project and oral examination are assessed. If the examination is successful, the committee recommends the candidate to the Graduate School for degree conferral.

Transfer of Credit

All graduate credit accepted for transfer will be at the discretion of the departmental advisor and graduate coordinator and must meet the transfer of credit conditions of the Graduate School. A maximum of 24 credit hours from prior graduate study may be considered for transfer to the MFA program. Final determination of transfer will be made after the student has successfully completed 12 credit hours at WSU and the first graduate review. A maximum of 12 credit hours can be applied to the emphasis. If a transfer of credit is allowed, it may reduce course requirements but not entrance requirements. A ruling on hours converted to the MFA program by the dean of the Graduate School, graduate coordinator, and the emphasis faculty is final. Graduate nondegree work obtained before admission to a planned degree program will not be accepted.

Required Prerequisite

Students who have not been accepted to degree standing in the MFA — studio program may enroll in 800-level courses only with written consent of the course faculty and graduate coordinator.

Policy On Retention of Student Work

Conforming to College Art Association MFA Standards Guidelines, the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries does not retain student work without compensation.