Master of Arts – Commerce Campus
The Department of Art offers general programs in studio art leading to the Master of Art degree. The graduate curriculum includes painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, ceramics, and mixed and multi-media art. The University Gallery hosts an annual series of exhibits of interest to the University and the Commerce community. Studio/Fine Arts emphasis areas include ceramics, experimental studies, painting, and sculpture. In photography, facilities are available for both digital color and black and white photography. Students wishing to improve their portfolios, while pursuing graduate degrees in the Studio Arts or Communication Design (new media, art direction, design communications, illustration, and copywriting), may count two upper-level undergraduate courses toward the master’s degree with prior approval of the Graduate School.
Admission to pursue the MA degree in Art must be granted by both The Graduate School and the Department of Art. The applicant should submit a link to a digital portfolio of work and other supportive materials the department requires. Contact the departmental Graduate Coordinator for these requirements. The graduate degree program in Art is individually designed to meet the unique educational and professional needs of the student. In consultation with the graduate coordinator and the department head, students pursuing the MA degree will devise an appropriate degree plan during the first semester.
Graduate Faculty may accept a maximum of 12 semester hours for the M.A. degree or up to 1/3 of the credit required for a Master’s degree as transfer credit from another accredited graduate school. Transfer credit must be in art and will be granted only for those courses in which the student received a grade of “B” or better and for which evidence of work can be demonstrated in the form of a portfolio review. Students desiring to transfer courses toward their degree requirements must complete a Graduate Transfer Course Request Form, available in the department office. Students concurrently enrolled or enrolled at another institution during the final semester in a program can anticipate a one-semester delay in graduation. The combination of transferred credit and credit earned by extension may not exceed 12 semester hours or 1/3 of the credit required for the Master’s degree.
The Master of Arts with an emphasis in Studio Arts requires at least 36 semester hours.
Master of Arts with an emphasis in Studio Art – Option II Non-Thesis
|ARTS 595||Research Lit & Techniques||3|
3 semester hours required
15 semester hours from the following (Courses are Repeatable)
|ARTS 524||1st Year Studio Prob 2nd Area||4|
|ARTS 525||Special Prob Studio Empha||4|
|ARTS 526||Adv Prob Studio Emphasis||4|
|ARTS 503||Graduate Seminar (3 semester hours (12 semester hours required))||3|
|6 semester hours Graduate level Art History||6|
For any Master of Arts degree a minimum of 36 semester hours is required for the M.A. degree.
Six to ten graduate courses within the major department are required to constitute a major field of concentration.
From two to four courses may be taken outside the major and four courses in one subject may be designated as a minor.
After submitting a thesis proposal, the candidate must conduct original research and write a thesis (six semester hours), reporting this research under the supervision of an advisory committee
The candidate must pass a comprehensive examination administered by the advisory committee covering all the work within the Master’s degree program, including an acceptable defense of the thesis, if applicable.
M.A. Advisory Committees
The student must choose a committee chair by the end of the first semester, and the complete committee must be chosen by mid-term of the second semester or the student’s work will not be reviewed.
The chairperson may be any full-time member of the graduate faculty in either art or photography, though it is advisable that the chairperson be an instructor in the student’s area of concentration. At least one instructor in the student’s major area must be included among the four members of the advisory committee.
Unless staffing changes require otherwise, a student will be allowed to make one change on the committee.
The M.A. advisory committee consists of a chairperson and two other members of the faculty, selected by the student from the full-time graduate faculty. The committee must be selected before the end of the student’s first term. For that purpose a Committee Selection Form is available in the department office. This form must contain the names of the three committee members, together with their signatures. The chairperson plays an important role on the committee, for he/she is responsible for determining the final grades in studio courses. While every member of the faculty will recommend a grade for the student’s studio courses on the Graduate Review Form (G.R.F.), the committee chairperson, as the instructor most familiar with the student’s work, has the final decision in assigning a grade which reflects the consensus of the faculty.
Graduate students pursuing the M.A. degree in studio art are required to participate in the mid-term and final graduate reviews, as are the students en route to the M.F.A. degree.
The method used to evaluate the graduate reviews is the Graduate Review Form (G.R.F.), which the members of the faculty complete following the day of the reviews. The G.R.F. informs the student of progress or deficiencies in a clear, objective and useful manner as measured against the standards and criteria of graduate study at A & M Commerce. The graduate coordinator collects the G.R.F. forms and the student’s primary advisor takes into consideration this data while assigning the grade. The G.R.F. forms are then copied and returned to the student by the department office and become a permanent part of the student’s file.
Credit earned over six years prior to graduation will require specific written department justification and approval by the Dean for Graduate Studies in order to be counted towards a Master’s degree. In no case may courses more than ten years old be counted towards a Master’s degree.
With the approval prior to enrollment of the Dean for Graduate Studies, the Department of Art, and the instructor(s) of the course(s) in question, up to two undergraduate courses at the 300 or 400-level may be counted towards a Master’s degree. In such cases a student will be expected to complete additional work beyond the normal course requirements at a level commensurate with graduate instruction.