student paintingLander University is accredited by the National Association of Schools in Art and Design (NASAD).  The MFA program at Lander University is an advanced graduate degree program with a focus in studio art.  The MFA is a terminal degree which prepares students at the graduate level for a professional studio career in art and preparation for teaching at the university level which meets the standards put forth by NASAD.  This rigorous studio-based program is designed to engender contemporary art practice by challenging students with new and innovative approaches to materials and techniques while fostering growth within their chosen area of specialization.  Students gain in-depth knowledge and professional competence in one or more disciplines through creative endeavor, inquiry, and investigation.  Students are encouraged to consider the relationship between multiple disciplines through required intermedia study.  Students can pursue an MFA in 2D Visual Art or MFA in 3D Visual Art.  Each program of study will provide:

  • Opportunity to create studio art or design work that shows specific intent, content, methodology, and product
  • In-depth professional competence in one or more discipline of studio art and design
  • Opportunity to investigate the relationship between materiality, technique and conceptual content. 
  • Opportunity for research and scholarship in the areas of art and design history, theory, criticism, and pedagogy
  • Opportunity to contextualize art and design research on a larger social, cultural, educational, economic and technological scale
  • Opportunity to contribute to the body of knowledge and practice in art and design.
  • Opportunity to enlarge breadth of competence between areas of art and design specialization
  • Opportunity to teach undergraduate majors and non-majors at the university level

 

2D Visual Art

MFA students may pursue a major in 2D Visual Art.  This major is designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in teaching at the college level or pursuing a professional studio practice in 2- dimensional image making with a variety of media and in a variety of disciplines.  These can be traditional disciplines such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, or experimental and/or mixed media.  Students will be encouraged to consider 2D image making a mindset more than media specific.  Experimentation will be highly encouraged.  2D classes will be complimented with intermedia classes and/or other optional studio electives.  The intermedia studies will require that students deliberately integrate different media to create new artwork.  This will foster innovative ways to work with various media resulting in new unique work which can energize a student’s studio practice and promote exponential growth.

 

3D Visual Art

MFA students may pursue a major in 3D Visual Art.  This major is designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in teaching at the college level or pursuing a professional studio practice in 3-dimensional object making with a variety of media and in a variety of disciplines.  These can be traditional disciplines such as sculpture or ceramics, or experimental and/or mixed media.  Students will be encouraged to consider 3D object making a mindset more than media specific.  Experimentation will be highly encouraged.  3D classes will be complimented with intermedia classes and/or other optional studio electives.  The intermedia studies will require that students deliberately integrate different media to create new artwork.  This will foster innovative ways to work with various media resulting in new unique work which can energize a student’s studio practice and promote exponential growth.

 

Pedagogy

MFA Candidates will have the opportunity to gain teaching experience as part of their graduate studies, both in a team-teaching model and as Teacher of Record.  This will include teaching majors and non-major undergraduate students in the areas of studio foundations and art history.