Students are assigned an individual faculty sponsor/advisor upon admission to the program. In their final semester, students are free to select a sponsor from the MFA faculty (with the new sponsor’s consent) for their MFA thesis and final exhibition. Formal meetings and end-of-semester faculty reviews serve as advising tools.
Reviews for MFA students take place at the end of each semester. In addition, a comprehensive review is conducted at the end of the first year of the program. At the culmination of the program, the final review takes place during the thesis exhibition.
The end-of-semester review includes a group of at least four faculty members, with representation from different areas in the School of Art+Design, along with the student’s faculty sponsor. Each faculty review group meets with the student for approximately 30 minutes to discuss the semester’s work. Recommendations are given and each student is assigned a grade. The format is designed to encourage intellectual, artistic, and theoretical exchange.
Each student’s progress determines his or her continuation in the program. Probation can be recommended at the conclusion of the first semester only. Invitations to continue in the MFA program are extended at the conclusion of the first year. Failure to demonstrate adequate professional growth during the first year will lead to dismissal at the end of that year.
Updated March 21, 2013