MFA in Metals

MFA in Metals

The interdisciplinary program offers the opportunity to focus on methods that are most appropriate to the individual students. This may include traditional studio practice, digital technologies or a multi-disciplinary course of study. A critical dialogue will be developed between the graduate advisors and the students investigating the questions: What are the ideas most essential to express in the work and what are the most effective methods of expression? Through seminars and discussion, students are encouraged to consider the social, cultural and physical context of their work as central to its interpretation.

Study is possible in traditional and non-traditional studio practice, including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, book arts, photography, printmaking, fibers, ceramics, installation, animation, public interventions, performance, video, other digital media or an individually tailored program of interdisciplinary study. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of media to find the most successful and efficient methods of expressing their ideas. Combinations of media are encouraged, as is collaboration with other graduate students where appropriate.

Head of Metals

billpriceprintBill Price

Associate Professor

BFA, Memphis College of Art
MFA, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Bill Price is a working artist/blacksmith, and full-time assistant professor of Metal Arts and Sculpture at Memphis College of Art. In 2006 he earned a master’s degree in Blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has a BFA from Memphis College of Art. Bill maintains a studio and blacksmith shop, making both functional and sculptural pieces for private and corporate collections. He has shown work extensively, in both juried and invitational exhibitions, throughout the U.S. and abroad. Read more…

MFA Curriculum

The MFA curriculum can be completed in four semesters of full-time (in residence) study, with a fifth or sixth semester optional at either the faculty or student’s request. The MFA degree requires 60 semester credit hours distributed as follows:

Major Studio 36

Liberal Arts – General Ed 12

Elective Studio 12

Total 60

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The recommended semester course load for MFA students is 9 to 15 credit hours. Course loads over this limit must have prior written approval by the graduate director.

MFA in Metals

1st Semester

  • Metals Seminar 1
  • Metals Workshop 1
  • Studio Elective
  • Critical Theory

2nd Semester

  • Metals Seminar 2
  • Metals Workshop 2
  • Studio Elective
  • Liberal Arts/Art History Elective

3rd Semester

  • Metals Seminar 3
  • Metals Workshop 3
  • Studio Elective
  • Liberal Arts/Art History Elective

4th Semester

  • Metals Seminar 4
  • Metals Workshop 4
  • Studio Elective
  • Liberal Arts/Art History Elective

Courses Descriptions

MT601 Metals Seminar 1

Students meet collectively to discuss their graduate work and the professional practices involved in being a professional and educator. Group critiques are scheduled to encourage interaction between students and readings are assigned to provide context to contemporary trends. Enrollment is required in each semester a grad student is enrolled in the MFA in Metals program. Lectures concentrate on documentation and web materials necessary to be a relevant artist/professional. MFA in Metals major requirement. Pre-reqs: Enrollment in the MFA in Metals program

MT602 Metals Seminar 2

Students meet collectively to discuss their graduate work and the professional practices involved in being a professional and educator. Group critiques are scheduled to encourage interaction between students and readings are assigned to provide context to contemporary trends. Enrollment is required in each semester a grad student is enrolled in the MFA in Metals program. Lectures concentrate on grant and residency opportunities and their application processes. MFA in Metals major requirement. Pre-reqs: MT601

MT651 Metals Workshop 1

Working independently from a traditional course- based process and from the other MFA candidates, this course is self-directed study, each student conducting his/her own personal exploration of concept and technique in the illustration process under the guidance of the faculty advisors. Student should demonstrate a willingness to take risks in their investigations. While a consistent body of work is not required, an openness to experimentation and the ability to succeed should be evident. MFA in Metals major requirement. Pre-reqs: Enrollment in the MFA in Metals program

MT652 Metals Workshop 2

Working independently from a traditional course- based process and from the other MFA candidates, this course is self-directed study, each student conducting his/her own personal exploration of concept and technique in the illustration process under the guidance of advisors. Student should be able to articulate the pertinent issues in the work and a finished, resolved piece will be presented at finals. MFA in Metals major requirement. Pre-reqs: MT651

MT701 Metals Seminar 3

Students meet collectively to discuss their graduate work and the professional practices involved in being a professional and educator. Group critiques are scheduled to encourage interaction between students and readings are assigned to provide context to contemporary trends. Enrollment is required in each semester a grad student is enrolled in the MFA in Metals program. Lectures concentrate on the research and documentation involved in a career in academia. MFA in Metals major requirement. Pre-reqs: MT602

MT702 Metals Seminar 4

Students meet collectively to discuss their graduate work and the professional practices involved in being a professional and educator. Group critiques are scheduled to encourage interaction between students and readings are assigned to provide context to contemporary trends. Enrollment is required in each semester a grad student is enrolled in the MFA in Metals program. Lectures concentrate on fellowship applications and presentation skills. MFA in Metals major requirement. Pre-reqs: MT701

MT751 Metals Workshop 3

Working independently from a traditional course- based process and from the other MFA candidates, this course is self-directed study, each student conducting his/her own personal exploration of concept and technique in illustration under the guidance of advisors. Students are required to apply for Advancement to Candidacy when he/she will be expected to present a draft of their thesis and finished series of work. MFA in Metals major requirement. Pre-reqs: MT652

MT752 Metals Workshop 4

Working independently from a traditional course- based process and from the other MFA candidates, this course is self-directed study, each student conducting his/her own personal exploration of concept and technique in the illustration process under the guidance of the faculty advisors. Student will present a body of work in the MFA Thesis exhibition and a written thesis paper that will articulate their intentions, conceptual, aesthetic and technical strength. MFA in Metals major requirement. Pre-reqs: MT751

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