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Graduate Degree Program - Art

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    Visual Arts Building, Room 120
    (201) 200-3214

    Prof. Herb Rosenberg, MFA Chairperson
    (201) 200-3241

    Graduate Coordinator
    (201) 200-3214

  • Visit the Art Department website for more information 

    MASTER OF FINE ARTS
    The Master of Fine Arts program is an intense 60-credit interdisciplinary studio and design program that results in the terminal degree. Studio practice and the study of critical theory are employed to foster intellectual growth and individual achievement. The primary emphasis is the development of a personalized, sophisticated, art-making practice that may be carried through to a lifetime career. By focusing on art production along with historical and critical studies, the MFA program stresses skill, critical thinking knowledge and awareness of cultural and social frameworks as intrinsic parts of the curriculum. Students can individualize the program by exploring combinations of courses in: Painting/Drawing, Clay, Computer Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Jewelry/Metalsmithing, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture. MFA students work closely with a selected group of faculty and culminate their studio and written thesis in a solo exhibition.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION
    Istudies admission requirements, each applicant must have successfully completed a Bachelor of Fine Art degree and a minimum of 83 credits in art, with a grade point average of 3.0 or above.

    In certain cases where an applicant has a baccalaureate degree and a number of years of professional art activity, admittance may be granted based on the quality of the applicant’s portfolio.

    Transcripts of previous college study, a professional resume, two letters of recommendation, a two-page statement of purpose relative to interest in and understanding of a direction of study, and a portfolio of studio work of 20 images on slide, CD or website must be sent to the Graduate Art Coordinator. For each specific studio program, a graduate faculty committee assesses and evaluates all submitted materials for evidence of individual capability and demonstrated capacity for professional work in the student’s specific studio area.

    The department can require undergraduate courses it deems necessary to satisfy the prior requirements for participation in the MFA program. Forty-five credits of the MFA program must be completed at NJCU.

    Transfer applicants must fulfill the application requirements requested of those wishing to enter the MFA program for the first time.

    ADVISEMENT
    The Graduate Coordinator performs preliminary advisement in charting initial curriculum choices tailored to the needs and backgrounds of each admitted applicant. Once enrolled in the MFA program, the student works with faculty advisors who guide the student through the program, mentor the student’s independent studio work, and provide career guidance and counseling to achieve comprehensive development of the student’s professional potential. It is possible for students to request a change of advisors during their programs, but it is recommended they remain with the same faculty for the last two semesters while they are working on their exhibition and thesis.

    REVIEW/EVALUATION
    To assure proper guidance of the student’s progress, periodic reviews take place in the MFA program. At the completion of twelve credits of specified course work, an Art Department faculty committee reviews the development of the MFA thesis-exhibition and critiques the student’s progress. Successful evaluations permit the student’s continuation in the program. Interim progress evaluations occur at the end of each semester.

    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    Code Title
    Credits
      Studio art and related courses
    36
      Art History courses
    9
      Aesthetics & Criticism
    3
    ART 660 Master Thesis Seminar I
    3
    ART 661 Master Thesis Seminar II
    3
      Non-art course(s) or cooperative education assignment
    6

     

    Final, successful completion of specified course work in a given studio program requires a 3.0 GPA and the presentation of a master’s project (exhibition) and thesis (written document and verbal defense) for assessment by a faculty committee which determines degree completion.

    The visual project and the written thesis are expected to be of comparable quality to professional work in the field by demonstrating studio talent, conceptually and technically strong approaches, and informed scholarly research.

    The exhibition/thesis, in line with the objectives of the program, gives evidence of the student’s ability to produce a professionally significant visual body of work and to present his/her aesthetic ideas competently in written and verbal form.


    MASTER OF ARTS IN STUDIO ART
    The Master of Arts in Studio Art is a 39-credit degree program designed to provide continued professional development in a selected specialized area of the visual arts: Fine Arts, Design and Crafts, or Communication Design.

    Augmented by studies in art history, aesthetics, other art electives or art education, the program also serves as a foundation for advanced work at the MFA or doctoral levels.

    Of the 39 credits required for the degree, 18 must be taken in the specialization area, with an additional six credits in other studio areas. Six credits in art history, aesthetics, and theoretical studies enhance the studio program. Three credits in non-art courses, education courses, or cooperative education placements broaden the focused studio program.

    Under faculty supervision, a culminating research project is developed, which leads to a comprehensive master’s research thesis. MA students may elect to develop an accompanying studio art exhibition in addition to their written thesis. Either option is accompanied by an oral defense before a faculty committee and supported by photo documentation.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION
    IIn addition to fulfilling the general graduate studies admission requirements, each applicant must have successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree or 58 credits in art, with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above.

    In certain cases where an applicant has less than 58 credits in art, but a number of years of professional art activity, admission may be granted based on the quality of the applicant’s portfolio and/or the sponsorship of a faculty member.

    Transcripts of previous college study, a professional resume, two letters of recommendation, a two-page statement of purpose relative to interest in and understanding of a direction of study, and a portfolio of studio work either 15-20 images on slides, CD or website must be sent to the Graduate Art Coordinator. The department can require undergraduate courses it deems necessary to satisfy the prior requirements for participation in the M.A. program, in particular if a student is applying with less than 58 credits in art.

    Students admitted without matriculation in a conditional status may complete up to twelve credits in art (nine credits in studio). Students wishing to then apply for matriculation must have earned a 3.0 GPA in the twelve credits taken. Studio work completed during the conditional/non-matriculation period will be reviewed by the Graduate Committee before continuation in the program is permitted.

    ADVISEMENT
    The Graduate Coordinator performs preliminary advisement in charting initial curriculum choices tailored to the needs and backgrounds of each admitted applicant. Once enrolled in the M.A. program, the student works with faculty advisors who may guide the student through the program, mentor them in their studio work, and provide guidance and counseling to achieve comprehensive development of the student’s potential. It is possible for students to request a change of advisors during their programs, but it is recommended they remain with the same faculty for the last semesters while they are working on their exhibition and thesis.

    RESEARCH MASTER THESIS/EXHIBITION
    The Graduate Coordinator performs preliminary advisement in charting initial curriculum choices tailored to the needs and backgrounds of each admitted applicant. Once enrolled in the M.A. program, the student works with faculty advisors who may guide the student through the program, mentor them in their studio work, and provide guidance and counseling to achieve comprehensive development of the student’s potential. It is possible for students to request a change of advisors during their programs, but it is recommended they remain with the same faculty for the last semesters while they are working on their exhibition and thesis.

    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

     

    Code Title
    Credits
      Studio art specialization courses
    19
      Studio art electives
    5
      Art history/aesthetics/theory courses
    6
      Non-art course e.g., education or Co-operative education
    assignment
    3
    ART 660 Master Thesis Seminar I
    3
    ART 661 Master Thesis Seminar II
    3

     

    ELECTIVES/COOPERATIVE EDUCATION
    To develop the student’s breadth of competence and expand the course offerings beyond the specific studio program, students must register for other courses in the University for a total of 3 credits (M.A.) or 6 credits (MFA). In preparation for a profession, students may be interested in a cooperative education experience or master’s-level academic classes, including education.

    As many master’s graduates will seek teaching positions or work in the business world as independent artists, designers, or participants in larger arts organizations, the cooperative education experience provides an opportunity, in a professional setting, for development and application of special skills for a variety of career plans appropriate to the student’s particular area of emphasis.