PURCHASE COLLEGE CATALOG 2016–18
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MFA in Visual Arts: Academic Requirements
The MFA program is designed to be completed in two years with a minimum requirement of 60–61 graduate credits. This includes 33 credits of studio work (VIS 5210–5220, 5720–5750, and 5801–5804, and one studio art elective), 12 credits of graduate seminars (VIS 5760–5790), 8 credits of art history, 5–6 credits of elective coursework chosen in consultation with a graduate advisor, and a 2-credit writing tutorial for the MFA thesis. For successful progress through the program, a 3.0 (B) GPA must be maintained.
|First Year: 32 credits|
|VIS 5150/College Pedagogy or elective||3 credits|
|VIS 5720/Graduate Studio Critiques I||3 credits|
|VIS 5760/Graduate Critical Topics I||3 credits|
|VIS 5801/Independent Graduate Studio I||3 credits|
|ARH 5325/Master’s Colloquium I or
ARH 5—/Graduate art history elective
|VIS 5210/Professional Practices: Artists||3 credits|
|VIS 5730/Graduate Studio Critiques II||3 credits|
|VIS 5770/Graduate Critical Topics II||3 credits|
|VIS 5802/Independent Graduate Studio II||3 credits|
|ARH 5326/Master’s Colloquium II||4 credits|
|Second Year: 28–29 credits|
|VIS 5740/Graduate Studio Critiques III||3 credits|
|VIS 5780/Graduate Critical Topics III||3 credits|
|VIS 5803/Independent Graduate Studio III||3 credits|
|VIS 5870/Graduate Teaching Assistant or elective||2–3 credits|
|Studio art elective||3 credits|
|VIS 5005/MFA Thesis Tutorial||2 credits|
|VIS 5220/Professional Practices: Institutions||3 credits|
|VIS 5750/Graduate Studio Captsone||3 credits|
|VIS 5790/Graduate Critical Topics IV||3 credits|
|VIS 5804/Independent Graduate Studio IV||3 credits|
- ARH 5325 is required for students who are also enrolled in the art history MA program. Otherwise, MFA students may choose a different graduate art history course in consultation with their faculty advisor.
- Students may enroll in ARH 5325 or the graduate art history elective in the fall semester of either their first or second year. ARH 5325 and 5326 may be taken in either order.
- Students may enroll in VIS 5870 in the fall semester of either their first or second year. VIS 5150, offered in the fall semester, is a prerequisite or corequisite for VIS 5870.
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