MFA in Painting/Drawing

MFA in Painting/Drawing

The graduate program in Painting/Drawing offers students an opportunity to evolve and situate themselves as working artists within the sphere of contemporary painting. Students are encouraged to explore an array of materials, processes and approaches appropriate to their own interests, and to engage with the history of their chosen media while creating work that is formally thoughtful, communicative and personally expressive.

Students focus on the methods of art-making that are most appropriate to them as artists. In addition to traditional painting/drawing practices, this may include digital technologies or a multi-disciplinary course of study. Seminars, discussions and critiques bolster studio production, and a critical dialogue is developed between students and advisors, exploring the questions: What ideas are most essential in the work and what are the most effective methods of their expression?

 

Head of Painting/Drawing

Joe MorzuchJoe Morzuch

Assistant Professor

BFA, Western Illinois University
MFA, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Joe Morzuch is an observational painter currently residing in Memphis Tennessee. In addition to his studio work, he is an instructor and area head of the Painting/Drawing program at Memphis College of Art. In 2006 he received his MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has taught painting and drawing at the college level for the past 13 years, and actively exhibits his work nationwide. 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 Painting/Drawing

1st Semester

  • Painting/Drawing Seminar 1
  • Painting/Drawing Workshop 1
  • Studio Elective
  • Critical Theory

2nd Semester

  • Painting/Drawing Seminar 2
  • Painting/Drawing Workshop 2
  • Studio Elective
  • Liberal Arts/Art History Elective

3rd Semester

  • Painting/Drawing Seminar 3
  • Painting/Drawing Workshop 3
  • Studio Elective
  • Liberal Arts/Art History Elective

4th Semester

  • Painting/Drawing Seminar 4
  • Painting/Drawing Workshop 4
  • Studio Elective
  • Liberal Arts/Art History Elective

Courses Descriptions

PD601 Painting/Drawing 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 Painting/Drawing program. Lectures concentrate on documentation and web materials necessary to be a relevant artist/professional. MFA in Painting/Drawing major requirement. Pre-reqs: Enrollment in the MFA in Painting/Drawing program

PD602 Painting/Drawing 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 Painting/Drawing program. Lectures concentrate on grant and residency opportunities and their application processes. MFA in Painting/Drawing major requirement. Pre-reqs: PD601

PD651 Painting/Drawing 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 Painting/Drawing major requirement. Pre-reqs: Enrollment in the MFA in Painting/Drawing program

PD652 Painting/DrawingWorkshop 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 Painting/Drawing major requirement. Pre-reqs: PD651

PD701 Painting/Drawing 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 Painting/Drawing program. Lectures concentrate on the research and documentation involved in a career in academia. MFA in Painting/Drawing major requirement. Pre-reqs: PD602

PD702 Painting/Drawing 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 Painting/Drawing program. Lectures concentrate on fellowship applications and presentation skills. MFA in Painting/Drawing major requirement. Pre-reqs: PD701

PD751 Painting/Drawing 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 Painting/Drawing major requirement. Pre-reqs: PD652

PD752 Painting/Drawing 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 Painting/Drawing major requirement. Pre-reqs: PD751

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