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    Mississippi College
   
 
  Feb 18, 2019
 
GRADUATE CATALOG 2016-2017 
    
GRADUATE CATALOG 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog]

M.F.A. in Visual Arts & M.F.A. in Graphic Design


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The Master of Fine Arts Degree is recognized as a terminal degree in studio art and as a normal requirement for studio art teaching positions at institutions of higher education. Through research and application in either a two-dimensional or three-dimensional concentration, the MFA degree offers a program of study that fosters intensive creative activity for professional artists and art educators. Students will have the opportunity to study art at an advanced level in an environment where the emphasis is on the study of art from a Christian world view.

These degrees are offered in studio art, which includes studies in two-dimensional arts such as painting and drawing, the three-dimensional arts including sculpture and ceramics, and graphic design.

Courses will normally be offered to allow completion of course work in two years plus one semester of full-time study, but actual completion of course requirements is dependent on course availability and the taking of required courses when offered. The Department of Art cannot guarantee a completion date for the degree.

The Thesis is offered only as a fall/spring sequence. Those not taking Studio Thesis I in the fall semester will be unable to begin the thesis in the following spring and will therefore begin the thesis in another fall/spring cycle.

Application for Full Admission

In addition to the requirements set forth by the Graduate Office, the applicant must comply with the following and have approval for admission by appointed graduate art faculty:

For the MFA in Visual Arts, the applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree in studio art with a major in two-dimensional or three-dimensional art or have the equivalent undergraduate preparation in art (contact the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Art for information on equivalency of preparation). The undergraduate transcripted program in art must be substantially complete for Regular or Provisional Admission to a graduate program to be possible. At the option of the graduate admissions committee, applicants without this degree or equivalent transcripted undergraduate preparation may be required to take undergraduate prerequisite courses as specified prior to Regular Admission to the MFA in Visual Arts program, but the undergraduate transcripted program in art must be substantially complete for Provisional Admission to a graduate program to be possible.

For the MFA in Graphic Design, the applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree in graphic design with courses or preparation equivalent to the undergraduate graphic design degrees (B.S. or B.A.) offered by Mississippi College. At the option of the graduate admissions committee, applicants without this degree or equivalent transcripted undergraduate preparation may be required to take undergraduate prerequisite courses as specified prior to Regular Admission to the MFA in Graphic Design program, but the undergraduate transcripted program in graphic design must be substantially complete for Provisional Admission to a graduate program to be possible.

  1. GRE Requirement: If the applicant has not taken the GRE examination, make arrangements to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and have the scores directed to the Graduate Office. Students lacking the GRE examination can receive only provisional admission. Master of Fine Arts applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination for regular admission, which requires the following scores:  A verbal score of 146 or more and a quantitative score of 140 or more, or one of these scores on either section and a score of 2.5 on the writing assessment of the GRE General Examination, is required. The verbal and quantitative scores will not be combined. Departments may exercise discretion for students who score below the ranges. Students will be allowed to register for graduate classes for one semester or summer session without having the test score on file. Students in an M.F.A. program who have not obtained the necessary score on the G.R.E. after two attempts may, with the permission of the Chair of the Department of Art, take ART 6507 - Research Topics in Art History: Artists , or ART 6508 - Research Topics in Art History: Periods or Styles  successfully in lieu of the G.R.E. score requirement, or present an acceptable grade for having taken one of these courses.
  2. Students seeking Class AAA Educator License must have: (1) satisfactory scores on the PRAXIS I Core CASE (Core Academic Skills for Educators) Reading-5712 (passing score 156); Writing-5722 (passing score 162); Math-5732 (passing score 150); and (2) PRAXIS II (Content Area Exam**)                                                                                                                                                                               **Approved content area tests and passing scores are determined by MDE, are subject to change pending MDE approval, and are listed at the State Dept of Education website, http://www.mde.k12.ms.us.
  3. Students interested in the Master of Science in Graphic Design degree should complete the online application for Graduate Admission at the following website: https://www.mc.edu/application/. All admission documents should be sent to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (Box 4067, Clinton, MS 39058).
  4. Enclose a $35.00 application fee.
  5. Have one official copy of all transcripts sent directly to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies.
  6. If the applicant has not taken the GRE examination, make arrangements to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and have the scores directed to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies.  A verbal score of 146 or more and a quantitative score of 140 or more, or one of these scores on either section and a score of 2.5 on the writing assessment of the GRE General Examination, is required for most graduate programs. The verbal and quantitative scores will not be combined. The Department of Art may exercise discretion for students who score below this range and have at least a 3.5 undergraduate GPA. Students will be allowed to register for graduate classes for one semester or summer session without having the test score on file.
  7. Students pursuing a Master of Fine Arts graduate degree for the purpose of obtaining a standard AAA educator license are required to submit a copy of the appropriate VALID Mississippi standard A educator license along with the application.
  8. Send a portfolio that reflects proficiency and preparation for graduate study in studio art including painting, and drawing, and for three-dimensional studies, sculpture or ceramics.

    For the MFA in Graphic Design the applicant should supply a portfolio of work in graphic design showing proficiency and accomplishment in graphic design.

    The portfolio should consist of a maximum of 20 images. The applicant may send a CD of 20 digital images of artworks or 20 digital images sent to the Mississippi College Department of Art by email, or a printed portfolio of images may be sent. This portfolio must be approved by appointed graduate art faculty for the applicant to receive regular admission.
  9. Submit a resume.
  10. Submit a formal statement of intent of 200-500 words setting forth a personal philosophy and professional objectives for the degree. The statement may be sent in digital word-processing format to the Mississippi College Department of Art by electronic mail, or supplied to the Department in printed form.
  11. Complete an interview with the Graduate Coordinator or graduate faculty as designated by the Chair of the Art Department.

A foreign language is not required for the Master of Fine Arts degree.

International Student Admissions

The following exceptions to admissions procedures of Mississippi College may be made for international students applying for the Master of Fine Arts:

  1. The GRE score is required by the Graduate School but regular admission may be granted without the GRE score. The GRE test must be taken by international students prior to earning six semester hours of graduate credit. Failure to obtain the necessary GRE scores as required by the Graduate School will result in termination of the student's regular admission status.
  2. The interview may take place upon arrival at Mississippi College.

Scholarships for Graduate Candidates

The Department of Art offers a limited number of scholarships for MFA candidates. Contact the Mississippi College Department of Art for details.

Additional scholarships and loans are available. For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies or the Financial Aid Office.

 

Requirements of the Master of Fine Arts Program


A minimum of 60 hours of graduate work in art is required in either two-dimensional, three-dimensional, or graphic design concentration, selected in consultation with the graduate coordinator and the area coordinator for the studio discipline.

All Master of Fine Arts candidates must take the following courses:


Candidates must complete six hours of Studio Thesis:


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The thesis for the Master of Fine Arts degree is a studio and written project which proves that the candidate for the degree is capable of solving a creative problem in visual art at a professional level with adequate scope, and is also capable of scholarly research and writing which states, supports, and analyzes the creative problem along with historical and critical perspectives applicable to the creative problem. The Thesis consists of both studio and written components which are interdependent. The Thesis Research Director, who is responsible for teaching ART 6563 - Studio Thesis I  and ART 6564 - Studio Thesis II , will serve as the chair of the student’s committee along with Studio Research Faculty as appointed by the Chair of the Department of Art. The Thesis is offered only as a fall/spring sequence. Those not taking Studio Thesis I in the fall semester will be unable to begin the thesis in the following spring and will therefore begin the thesis in another fall/spring cycle. The studio component and the written component must be approved by a majority of the committee.

The student will take an oral examination for the thesis which must be passed by a majority of the examining committee.

Students who do not complete the studio thesis at the conclusion of ART 6564 - Studio Thesis II  must take ART 6565 - Studio Thesis III  (1 semester hour) in the semester in which the thesis is planned to be completed, whether actual completion occurs or not. If activity involving the thesis which utilizes university resources of faculty time, facilities, library, or any other resources such as electronic mail continues in an intervening semester in which completion is not planned and no other course work is done, the student must pay the thesis continuation fee required by the Graduate School.

Transfer Credit

 A student may request to transfer a maximum of 12 hours of graduate credit from another regionally accredited college or university. Only courses in which the student received the grade of B or higher may be transferred. Contact the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Art for details.

Mississippi College graduate students currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Art, the Master of Science in Art (Studio Art), and the Master of Science in Graphic Design or Master of Education (with emphasis in Art) degree programs may transfer a maximum of 30 resident art graduate hours into the MFA degree program. Mississippi College alumni with a Master of Arts in Art, the Master of Science in Art, the Master of Science in Graphic Design or a Master of Education in Art Education degree may transfer a maximum of 30 resident hours of graduate art into the MFA program with approval of the Chair of the Department of Art. All other conditions and requirements outlined by the Graduate School concerning transfer credit must be observed. Refer to the General Requirements for Graduation in this catalog.

Master of Fine Arts Program of Study


Option 1: M.F.A. in Visual Arts


60 semester hours of graduate credit in art in a program of studies to be approved by the graduate coordinator and the studio area coordinator, to include:

A. Core Courses (12 sem. hrs.)


B. Two-dimensional Studio Concentration


30 semester hours of two-dimensional studio courses as approved by the graduate coordinator and the studio area coordinator, from the following:

C. Approved elective graduate courses in art (18 sem. hrs.)


Option 2: M.F.A. in Visual Arts (Three-dimensional Studio Concentration)


60 semester hours of graduate credit in art in a program of studies to be approved by the graduate coordinator and the studio area coordinators, to include:

A. Core Courses (12 sem. hrs.)


B. Three-dimensional Studio Concentration


30 semester hours of three-dimensional studio courses as approved by the graduate coordinator and the studio area coordinators from the following:

C. Approved elective graduate courses in art (18 sem. hrs.)


Option 3: Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design


A. Core Courses (12 semester hours)


B. Graphic Design Courses


30 semester hours in graphic design or graphic design-related courses as approved by the graduate coordinator and the graduate graphic design coordinator from the following:

Graphic Design-related courses


C. Approved elective graduate courses in art (18 sem. hrs.)


Note(s):


NOTE: Courses ART 6591 , ART 6592 , and ART 6593  may be repeated as necessary for up to six hours credit. In most cases, the student should not expect to earn more than six semester hours in any combination of field experiences courses.

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