Parents   |   Community   |   Current Students   |   Faculty & Staff  

College Catalog:


A Message From the President

About Purchase College

Faculty & Administration

Academic Programs & Courses

Academic Resources

Academic Calendar

Academic Policies


Home / College Catalog / 2013-15 / Academic Programs / School of the Arts / Art+Design

Draft in progress

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 | Second Year

First Year: 32 credits
Fall: 16 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
4 credits
Spring: 16 credits
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
Fall: 14–15 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
Spring: 14 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

For updates during 2016–2018, please visit

Arrow up icon | << School of Art+Design home

Search the Catalog

School of Art+Design


MFA in Visual Arts:

MFA Program Overview

Academic Requirements

MFA in Visual Arts/MA in Art History: Academic Requirements

Graduate Courses

Advising & Review Process

MFA Thesis & Exhibition