The Department of Art & Design offers a Master of Arts (MA) degree and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree, 30 credits and 60 credits respectively. The graduate program encourages interdisciplinary activity and exploratory models of thinking and production. Theory and practice are closely linked through Graduate Seminars and Art History offerings, as well as a very active Visiting Artist and Scholar program. Graduate students are encouraged to explore an area of study in depth and to experiment across media and discipline, with encouragement and opportunities to explore hybrid processes, as well as engage in the history and traditions of art.
The graduate program is interdisciplinary. Students may focus in one specific area of concentration, or expand into other areas of research. Students choosing a specific concentration area may take courses across studio disciplines. The InterMedia concentration is intended to be an integrated focus that combines two or more disciplines. Students may focus within the following broad categories:
Art and Technology
InterMedia (integrated/mixed media and installation)
Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Painting and Drawing
Print and Narrative Forms
The program is structured to ensure a broad and balanced integration of media, processes and concerns allowing a rich combination of tradition and innovation. Engagement with disciplines outside of Art & Design and within the local, national, and international community is also encouraged, expected and supported. The hallmark of the department is its commitment to diverse ideas and approaches to art that foster an experimental attitude in keeping with contemporary art practice.