Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Art, Art History, and Design

Graduate Study
Studio Art - Master of Fine Arts

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Arts and Letters, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Applicants must meet the general requirements for consideration for admission to master's and doctoral degree programs in the College of Arts and Letters referenced in the college statement.

To be considered for admission to the Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art, an applicant must submit a portfolio of 15 to 20 images of original artwork and provide supplemental information as outlined at www.art.msu.edu.

To be admitted to the program on regular status, an applicant must have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from a recognized educational institution, or have completed the courses in art that are required for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art at Michigan State University or their equivalents. A cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 is required for regular admission.

Students are admitted to the Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art for fall semester only. Applications materials for admission must be received by January 5.

The department believes that studio space must be made available to students who are admitted to the program as a means of fostering their creativity.  Therefore, the number of students who can be admitted to the program will  be limited by the availability of suitable studio space.

Residence

The student must earn a minimum of 6 credits in the degree program in residence on campus during the final two semesters of enrollment in the program.

Requirements for the Master of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art

The program is available only under Plan B (without thesis).  A total of 60 credits is required for the degree.  The student's program of study must be approved by the student's academic advisor.  The student must meet the requirements specified below:

  1. Be enrolled in the program for a minimum of four semesters.
  2. Complete at least 6 credits of  STA 892  Master of Fine Arts Seminar. The student must enroll in 3 credits of Studio Art 892 during the first semester of enrollment in the program.
  3. Complete 3 credits of STA 893 Master of Fine Arts Professional Seminar.
  4. Complete at least 36 additional credits in Studio Art courses including:
    a.    A minimum of 30 credits in one of the following six areas of concentration:  ceramics, electronic art and intermedia, graphic design, painting, printmaking, or 
            sculpture.
    b.    At least 6 credits of Studio Art 898  Master of Fine Arts Research.  These credits must be completed while in residence during the 
            final two semesters of enrollment in the program.
  5. Complete at least two courses at the 400–800 level in History of Art.
  6. Complete any courses outside the department that may be required.
  7. Pass an oral final certifying examination over the student's research.  The student must take this examination while in residence during the final semester of enrollment in the program.
  8. Participate in the Master of Fine Arts Exhibition accompanied by a public presentation in the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.
Academic Standards

During the semester leading to the completion of 15 degree credits, but not later than the semester leading to the completion of 20 degree credits, students must participate in the 15-Credit Review. During the second year of study, students will participate in an additional review. A student may accumulate no more than 9 credits with a grade below 3.0 in courses that are to be counted toward the degree.

Transfer Credits

Transfer credits must have been completed within the time limit for the degree.