MFA in Studio Art

MFA in Studio Art

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 Studio Art

O. Gustavo Plascencia

O Gustavo PlascenciaAssociate Professor
Director of MFA Programs

BFA, University of Texas-Arlington
MFA, University of Colorado-Boulder

O. Gustavo Plascencia comes to MCA with several years of experience in teaching and working with both undergraduate and graduate art programs at institutions around the country including Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, and Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He has participated in numerous residency programs and exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally, in countries Colombia, Mexico, Bulgaria, Spain, and Italy. The constructive nature of identity, the conflict that individuals face constructing their identities, and the duality of private and public lives are the main elements in his creative artwork. Many of the stories depicted in Plascencia’s work are metaphors of family secrets, personal struggles, and shared experiences—both in public and private places. 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 Studio Art Progression

1st Semester

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

2nd Semester

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

3rd Semester

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

4th Semester

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

Courses Descriptions

GS601 Studio Art 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 Studio Art program. Lectures concentrate on documentation and web materials necessary to be a relevant artist/professional. MFA in Studio Art major requirement. Pre-reqs: Enrollment in the MFA in Studio Art program

GS602 Studio Art 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 Studio Art program. Lectures concentrate on grant and residency opportunities and their application processes. MFA in Studio Art major requirement. Pre-reqs: GS601

GS651 Studio Art 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 Studio Art major requirement. Pre-reqs: Enrollment in the MFA in Studio Art program

GS652 Studio ArtWorkshop 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 Studio Art major requirement. Pre-reqs: GS651

GS701 Studio Art 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 Studio Art program. Lectures concentrate on the research and documentation involved in a career in academia. MFA in Studio Art major requirement. Pre-reqs: GS602

GS702 Studio Art 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 Studio Art program. Lectures concentrate on fellowship applications and presentation skills. MFA in Studio Art major requirement. Pre-reqs: GS701

GS751 Studio Art 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 Studio Art major requirement. Pre-reqs: GS652

GS752 Studio Art 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 Studio Art major requirement. Pre-reqs: GS751

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