The University of Texas at Arlington: Graduate Catalog 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog 2007-2008
Note: This Catalog was published in July 2007 and supersedes the 2006-2007 Catalog.

Department of Art and Art History

department web page: www.uta.edu/art/
department contact: art@uta.edu
graduate web page: www.uta.edu/art/graduate_program/index.htm
graduate contact:

Chair

Robert Hower
335 Fine Arts
817-272-2891
rhower@uta.edu

Department of Art and Art History Overview | Program in Studio Art Admissions Requirements | Fellowships | Degree Requirements | Courses: ART

Areas of Study and Degrees

Film and Video, Glass, Intermedia (Expanded Studio), Visual Communication M.F.A.

Master of Fine Arts

The M.F.A. is a professional degree in the practice of art. The program of study proposed here is designed to guide and encourage students in the development of their skills, the definition of their goals and the recognition of their responsibilities, as artists. The educational objective is to provide training that will make it possible for each student in the program to achieve professional excellence. The Graduate experience places an emphasis on theory, research and critical thinking, and an awareness of the function of art and design in the world today. The M.F.A. degree is unique in that it is the artist's terminal degree. The UTA M.F.A. requires the CAA suggested 60 credit hours and a two to three year commitment.

The M.F.A. program will provide a demanding educational environment appropriate for strongly motivated students. Artists and designers will be chosen for the program on the basis of work that demonstrates artistic individuality and promise.

The many resources of UTA, including the Gallery West and The Gallery at UTA, the libraries, visiting artists and critics – when coupled with the metroplex cultural venues – will provide an exceptional base for meaningful and rewarding educational experiences.

The new program will invite and encourage non-traditional and traditional art experiences and will support interdisciplinary projects in the student's final thesis research presentation.

Master of Fine Arts Degree Plan

Thesis Exhibition Requirements

Director, MFA Program

Robert Hower, Chair
Art and Art History
335 Fine Arts Building, 817-272-2891

Graduate Advisor/Coordinator

Nancy Palmeri
124B Studio Arts Center, 817-272-2819

Graduate Faculty

Professor

Anderson, Keens, Hower, North, Wright

Associate Professor

Graham, Grame, Huerta, Jolly, Maroney, Ortiz, Palmeri, Plummer, Vaccaro, Weiss, Wood

Assistant Professor

Furniss, Hartley, McWilliams, Murillo, Northum, Reedus

Objective

The mission of the Program in Studio Art is to:

  1. Encourage and guide MFA students to successfully complete the recognized terminal degree in the practice of art.
  2. Enable artists, filmmakers, and designers in the program to develop habits of:
    1. Self discipline
    2. Self confidence
    3. Proficiency in their work
    4. Open Communication
  3. Enable students to:
    1. Make connections with various media and mediums to expand visual and conceptual vocabulary
    2. Meet distinguished artists, filmmakers and designers to enhance the meaningful on-going dialogue related to their work and future.
  4. Provide studio space for students to explore methods of concept development, the exploration of time based media, reflection and development of personal work.
  5. Encourage students to develop new skills and enhance existing ones. Expand the conventional concepts of the “studio” and are encouraged to develop their personal style and direction.
  6. Encourage graduates to compete for professional positions in teaching, artistic fields and pursue careers as exhibiting artists, filmmakers/writers, and designers.

Admissions Requirements

A personal interview with the Graduate Advisor or members of the Studio Art faculty is recommended.

Three letters of recommendation are required, and it is suggested that at least two of the letters come from former educators or academic contact. A portfolio, transcripts, and letter of intent are also required. Please review the Art and Art History website for materials due dates.

Unconditional Admission

Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Submit transcripts from all previous college or university work, and three letters of recommendation are required of all applicants. In addition, applicants should have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0, as calculated by the Graduate School. Applicants must submit a portfolio and statement of intent. The Art and Art History faculty review all materials and positively recommend acceptance into the M. F. A. program.

Provisional Admission

Those who have submitted their applications forms, but whose packets are incomplete, can be admitted provisionally if their GPA is at least 3.0, and if the program and the Graduate School have received official transcripts. In this case, incomplete materials could include letters of recommendation.

Probationary Admission

Those who have weaknesses in no more than two of the Degree Requirements (letters of recommendation, portfolio, statement of intent, and GPA), can be admitted on probation, with the condition that they make no less than a B in the first 12 hours of coursework in their art concentration. Such students must complete no fewer than 9 credits during the semester in which they are on probation.

Deferred Admission

Those who have weaknesses in no more than two of the Degree Requirements (letters of recommendation, portfolio, statement of intent, and GPA), and/or who have not submitted all of the materials required for unconditional admission, can have their applications deferred for one semester, until outstanding requirements and criteria are met.

International Student Admission

International applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or its foreign equivalent, a GPA of at least 3.0 as calculated by the Graduate School, 3 letters of recommendation, portfolio and letter of intent to be considered for admission. In addition, applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English by earning a score of at least 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of at least 213 on the computer-based test, or a minimum score of 40 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE). The Internet-based TOEFL examination (TOEFL iBT) will be accepted as an alternative to the paper and computer-based TOEFL for admission purposes. Students taking TOEFL iBT must attain a minimum total test score of 79 and meet or exceed the following scores on each of the sections of the test:

Writing: 22
Speaking: 21
Reading: 20
Listening: 16

Those who do not meet the English proficiency requirement must satisfactorily complete courses in the ESOL area, as approved by the program and the Graduate School.

Graduate Teaching Assistant

To be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistant position, the candidate must be admitted unconditionally. Candidates whose native language is not English must submit a score 45 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE-A), a score of 23 on the TOEFL iBT Speaking subtest, or a score of 45 on UT Arlington’s SEA test. GTA positions in the Department of Art and Art History are limited and are very competitive.

Fellowships

To be considered for a Dean’s Fellowship the candidate must have a favorable review in most of the evaluation criteria. Candidates must be new students coming to The University of Texas Arlington, must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours plus any graduate credit hours of 3.0, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours in both long semesters to retain their fellowships. Fellowships in Department of Art and Art History are limited and very competitive.

Advisement and Supervisory Committees

The Graduate Advisor will advise all incoming graduate students. After a student has selected a supervisory committee and submitted a program of work, the major professor becomes his/her advisor. Students should consult the Graduate Student Handbook for details on forming a supervisory committee, creating a program of work and other requirements.

Degree Requirements

M.F.A. Course Requirements

The graduate course requirements for the M.F.A. of 60 semester credit hours are normally distributed over six semesters of a three-year program. The student will be required to spend a minimum of three semesters in the M.F.A. program with one academic year in residency as a full time student.

Specific Course Requirements:

Area of Concentration 39 semester credit hours
Supporting Studio Courses 9 semester credit hours
Art History 9 semester credit hours
Free electives 3 semester credit hours
Combination will total 60

Courses outside the area of concentration (supporting and free electives) should be taken from faculty other than the major professor. It is strongly recommended that the students study with a minimum of three additional faculty members during the course of his/her program. Students are also encouraged to take a free elective outside the Art and Art History Department.

The supervisory committee will approve the course options (work) and scholarly research. It is emphasized that this is a committee/department option, not a student option.

Studio Art (ART)

Concentration Required Courses:

ART5330 CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES IN THE VISUAL ARTS & VISUAL COMMUNICATION
ART5340, 5640 RESEARCH IN INTERMEDIA (STUDIO)
ART5342, 5642 RESEARCH IN GLASS
ART5355, 5655 RESEARCH IN VISUAL COMMUNICATION
ART5360 TOPICS IN THE HISTORY OF ART (VARIED)
ART5383, 5683 RESEARCH IN FILM/VIDEO
ART5698 THESIS EXHIBITION
  (6 HOURS OF CONCENTRATION COURSE)

Prescribed Elective Courses:

ART5320 HISTORY OF ART CRITICISM
ART5341, 5641 RESEARCH IN SCULPTURE
ART5342, 5642 RESEARCH IN GLASS
ART5343, 5643 RESEARCH IN PRINTMAKING
ART5347, 5647 RESEARCH IN DRAWING
ART5353, 5653 RESEARCH IN METALS
ART5355, 5655 RESEARCH IN VISUAL COMMUNICATION
ART5357, 5657 RESEARCH IN FILM/VIDEO
ART5359, 5659 RESEARCH IN PHOTOGRAPHY DIGITAL IMAGING
ART5363, 5663 RESEARCH IN CLAY
ART5371, 5671 RESEARCH IN PAINTING
ART5391 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Example Course Sequence:

FIRST YEAR

FALL SPRING
5330 Critical Perspectives 5300 Topics in the History of Art
56xx Research in Concentration 56xx Research in Concentration
  53xx Research in Supporting Studio
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9 Credits 12 Credits

SECOND YEAR*

FALL SPRING
5360 Topics in the History of Art 53xx Research in Supporting Studio
56xx Research in Concentration 56xx Research in Concentration
53xx Free Elective  
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12 Credits 9 Credits

THIRD YEAR

FALL SPRING
53xx Research in Supporting Studio 53xx Research in Concentration
56xx Research in Concentration **56xx Thesis Exhibition
  (Research in Concentration)
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9 Credits 9 Credits

Total 60 credit hours required for MFA

*Mid-Program review completed after 30 credits
**Thesis Exhibition, Oral Exam and research paper completed during this semester. Summer opportunities may be available to complete required course work. This is dependent upon the faculty availability.

Graduate Review Exhibition Requirements

Each spring semester, the graduate students will be required to organize an exhibition of their work.

  1. The number of work each student may exhibit will depend upon the number of exhibitors, size of work, etc., but we would expect that each student will be able to exhibit or screen several.
  2. These exhibitions and screenings will be drawn from the work done by each student in the previous spring and fall semesters—and will therefore represent each student’s most recent efforts.
  3. Each student will write an “artist’s statement” to accompany his/her work on exhibit.

At the end of the exhibition, the graduate students will hold a formal “closing”. All graduate students are expected to attend.

Mid-Program Review Requirements

The preliminary examination for the M.F.A. degree at the University of Texas Arlington is the Mid-Program Review.

When the student has completed one-half of her/his program of study, the supervisory committee will conduct a comprehensive review of the student’s work in order to ascertain if satisfactory progress is being made toward completion of the degree. The student will present all visual work done to this point, along with an outline and preliminary draft of the written document which is part of the thesis requirement (see below).

To pass, the student must receive a unanimous vote of the committee members. A failed review may be retaken once with permission from the Director of the MFA program and the MFA Graduate Studies Committee. If the student still does not pass, the Director of the MFA program will report the failure and the termination of the student’s enrollment in the M.F.A. program to the Graduate School.

M.F.A. Thesis Requirements

The thesis requirement for the M.F.A. degree consists of the following:

Specific requirements for the written document are found in Guidelines for the M.F.A.

M.A. in Humanities with Art History Concentration
(See Program in Humanities for additional requirements)

The graduate course offerings in art history are provided to support other graduate degree programs, for example, an art history concentration in Humanities, and to meet the express needs of students. No program leading to a graduate degree in art or art history exists at this time.



The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of I) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded I. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an I, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an I was earned cannot change a grade of I. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour dissertation courses and nine-hour thesis courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses in Art (ART)

ART5000 - SUPERVISED TEACHINGSTUDIO ART (1 - 0)
Training in teaching methods and procedures for studio art classes, including weekly group meetings with the instructor and individual consultations. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art, or graduate standing and appointment as a teaching assistant. May be repeated.

ART5320 - ART CRITICISM & THEORY (3 - 0)
A discussion of placing art within the context of the history of ideas.

ART5330 - CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE IN THE VISUAL ARTS & VISUAL COMMUNICATION (3 - 0)
Seminar course that focuses on graduate student interaction with visiting artists, scholars, curators, critic, designers, and filmmakers.

ART5340 - RESEARCH IN INTERMEDIA (5 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and graduate advisor.

ART5341 - RESEARCH IN SCULPTURE (5 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and the graduate advisor.

ART5342 - RESEARCH IN GLASS (5 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and the graduate advisor.

ART5343 - RESEARCH IN PRINTMAKING (5 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and graduate advisor.

ART5347 - RESEARCH IN DRAWING (5 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and graduate advisor.

ART5353 - RESEARCH IN METALS (5 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of the instructor and the graduate advisor.

ART5355 - RESEARCH IN VISUAL COMMUNICATION (5 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and graduate advisor.

ART5359 - RESEARCH IN PHOTOGRAPHY DIGITAL IMAGING (5 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and graduate advisor.

ART5360 - TOPICS IN THE HISTORY OF ART & DESIGN (3 - 0)
Special seminar/topics course focusing on enhancing the art and design knowledge base of MFA candidates in the areas of film/video, visual communication, intermedia-expanded studio, and glass as art.

ART5363 - RESEARCH IN CLAY (5 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and the graduate advisor.

ART5371 - RESEARCH IN PAINTING (5 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and the graduate advisor.

ART5383 - RESEARCH IN FILM/VIDEO & SCREENWRITING (5 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and the graduate advisor.

ART5391 - INDEPENDENT STUDY (6 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and the graduate advisor.

ART5397 - EXHIBITION: THESIS (6 - 0)
Written discussion of the work undertaken in the graduate program, addressing concepts of and influences on the work, and including a digital portfolio of major works. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art, passage of the required thirty-hour oral diagnostic examination and consent of the graduate advisor.

ART5640 - RESEARCH IN INTERMEDIA (11 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and the graduate advisor.

ART5641 - RESEARCH IN SCULPTURE (11 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and the graduate advisor.

ART5642 - RESEARCH IN GLASS (11 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and the graduate advisor.

ART5643 - RESEARCH IN PRINTMAKING (11 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and the graduate advisor.

ART5647 - RESEARCH IN DRAWING (11 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and the graduate advisor.

ART5653 - RESEARCH IN METALS (11 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and the graduate advisor.

ART5655 - RESEARCH IN VISUAL COMMUNICATION (11 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and the graduate advisor.

ART5659 - RESEARCH IN PHOTOGRAPHY DIGITAL IMAGING (11 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and the graduate advisor.

ART5663 - RESEARCH IN CLAY (11 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and the graduate advisor.

ART5671 - RESEARCH IN PAINTING (11 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and the graduate advisor.

ART5683 - RESEARCH IN FILM/VIDEO & SCREENWRITING (11 - 0)
Independent and directed research in the student's area of concentration. Studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing in studio art and consent of instructor and the graduate advisor.

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