art students in ceramics studioAs per the standards outlined by the National Association of School of Art and Design (NASAD), the MFA is recognized as the terminal degree for art practitioners and educators which requires 60 semester hours of graduate study.  Students graduating from Lander University with a MFA degree in 2D or 3D Visual Art will have demonstrated the professional intensity and high standards expected of a terminal degree program.  Graduates will demonstrate exceptional skill in studio art and design within a well-developed personal aesthetic.  Specific standards outlined by the National Association of School of Art and Design include:

  1. Demonstrate a high degree of knowledge and professional competence in contemporary studio art practice through a significant body of work.
  2. Demonstrate a breadth of understanding in one or more art disciplines through independent thought and studio practice, and art historical contextualization-both past and current.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary art practice and ideals in primary area of focus in order to actively contribute to the growth of current knowledge base in the field of art and design. 
  4. Demonstrate breadth of competence and engagement in areas beyond the major area of specialization, the ability to connect art to other fields, and an understanding of art historical context, art theory and criticism.
  5. Plan and execute an exhibition of a cohesive thesis body of work in chosen area(s) of emphasis in studio art, to be accompanied by a formal published thesis statement and an oral presentation.
  6. Demonstrate advanced capabilities with technology in areas of specialization and resources associated with the field of art, art studio practice, and pedagogy. 

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

MAJOR PROGRAM STUDIO REQUIREMENTS
3D VISUAL ART
CREDIT HOURS
 

Art Studio 3D 
ART 624, ART 627, ART 750

6
 

Art Studio 3D 
ART 724, ART 727ART 750

6
 

Art Studio Thesis Research I 
ART 824, ART 827

3
 

Art Studio Thesis Research II 
ART 834, ART 837

3
ART 629

Intermedia Studies

3-6
ART 729

Intermedia Studies

3-6
ART 829

Intermedia Studies

3

 

Art Studio Elective
ART 623, ART 624, ART 625, ART 626, ART 627, ART 723, ART 724, ART 725, ART 727, ART 750, ART 823, ART 824, ART 825, ART 827

3-6

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
 

Art History 
ART 651, ART 652, ART 653

9
 

Graduate Seminar 
ART 641, ART 741ART 841

6
 

Thesis
ART 851, ART 852

6
 

 

 

Total Major Program Studio Requirements

57
Additional Electives 3
TOTAL FOR MFA DEGREE 60

 

 

MAJOR PROGRAM STUDIO REQUIREMENTS
2D VISUAL ART
CREDIT HOURS
 

Art Studio 3D 
ART 623, ART 625, ART 626ART 750

6
 

Art Studio 3D 
ART 723, ART 725ART 750

6
 

Art Studio Thesis Research I 
ART 823, ART 825

3
 

Art Studio Thesis Research II 
ART 833, ART 835

3
ART 629

Intermedia Studies

3-6
ART 729

Intermedia Studies

3-6
ART 829

Intermedia Studies

3

 

Art Studio Elective
ART 623, ART 624, ART 625, ART 626, ART 627, ART 723, ART 724, ART 725, ART 727, ART 750, ART 823, ART 824, ART 825, ART 827

3-6

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
 

Art History 
ART 651, ART 652, ART 653

9
 

Graduate Seminar 
ART 641, ART 741ART 841

6
 

Thesis
ART 851, ART 852

6
 

 

 

Total Major Program Studio Requirements

57
Additional Electives 3
TOTAL FOR MFA DEGREE 60