M.F.A. in Visual Art, Painting & Drawing Track

Earn an M.F.A. in Visual Art—Painting and Drawing

Framed in the rigorous pursuit of individual research and an ongoing dialogue of theoretical, historical, and cross-disciplinary concerns, Herron’s Master of Fine Art degree in Visual Art with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing deepens graduate students’ techniques as they expand the language of these media within a comtemporary context. Students learn how to maintain a rich and rewarding studio practice while building a body of work that is both personal and relevant. They refine a highly individual and concentrated studio practice and sharpen a skill set rooted in the lauguage of Painting and Drawing applied to discovery and problem solving.

Working with Herron’s outstanding faculty, facilities, and equipment, Herron graduate students gain practical strategies for making art as well as an understanding of the theoretical issues, historical influences, and cultural forces at play in a 21st century urban context. They gain an in-depth understanding of professional studio practices and explore a range of professional opportunities such as university teaching, interdisciplinary collaboration, and community based, site-specific initiatives.

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Accreditation

This program meets the educational requirements as mandated by the National Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Plan of study

  • Year 1, Fall semester (15 credits)
    • Studio Emphasis I: Materials and Methods in Painting and Drawing (6 credits)
    • Graduate Studio Elective in Painting and Drawing (3 credits)
    • Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Visual Arts (3 credits)
    • Art of the Past Two Decades or Visual Culture: A Visual Studies Approach (3 credits)
  • Year 1, Spring semester (15 credits)
    • Studio Emphasis II: Theory and Practice in Painting and Drawing (6-9 credits)
    • Graduate Studio Elective (0-3 credits)
    • Project Management/Public Art (3 credits)
    • University Visual Art Teaching Practicum or Art History Elective (3 credits)
  • Year 2, Fall semester (15 credits)
    • Studio Emphasis III: Advanced Practices in Painting and Drawing (6-9 credits)
    • Interdisciplinary Critique (3 credits)
    • Graduate Studio Elective or Academic Elective (0-3 credits)
    • Art Theory and Criticism (3 credits)
  • Year 2, Spring semester (15 credits)
    • Studio Emphasis IV: Thesis (6-9 credits)
    • Graduate Studio Elective (3-9 credits)
    • Art History or Academic Elective (0-3 credits)