M.F.A. in studio art and design with concentrations in Ceramics, Graphic Design, Illustration, Metal Design, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textile design, Wood Design
M.A.Ed. with a concentration in Art Education
With 600+ undergraduate students, 50+ graduate students, and approximately 50 faculty members, the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University is the most comprehensive art program in North Carolina and one of the largest in the Southeast.
The East Carolina University School of Art and Design has been an accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1962. Over forty continuous years of specialized accreditation has resulted in a rigorous curriculum with flexibility and practical applications.
We offer 2 graduate degree tracks; The MAEd with a concentration in Art Education and the MFA in Studio Art
The Master of Arts in Education in Art Education is a 33--36--semester--hour--program that takes students an average of 2--4 years to complete and can be completed completely online. Course requirements for the MAED in Art Education degree are as follows:
9 semester hours of Art Education courses
9 semester hours in art electives outside the concentration area
3 semester hours in art history 6 semester hours in professional education courses
3--9 semester hours in thesis or culminating project (culminating project requires additional courses)
All MAED in Art Education candidates complete either a thesis or a culminating project. The MAED in Art Education degree is recognized as the advanced level professional degree in art education and is required to teach studio art courses at the community college level and for admission to a doctoral program in art education. K--12 art teachers in the public schools are traditionally provided with a salary raise and increase in their level of professional licensure upon completion of the MAED in Art Education.
The Master of Fine Arts degree in studio Art is a 60-semester-hour-program that takes 3 years to complete (NOT online). Course requirements for the MFA degree are as follows:
24 semester hours of Painting and Drawing courses
12 semester hours in studio art electives outside the concentration area
12 semester hours in art history
3 semester hours in readings in art
3 semester hours of general electives
6 semester hours in thesis
All MFA candidates receive at least 3 formal evaluations of their creative work, grades, research, use and knowledge of appropriate tools, materials and technology, writing, and verbal skills to assess his or her progress through the curriculum and potential for the successful completion of the thesis exhibition. The thesis exhibition is the formal presentation of the student’s artwork in which the student demonstrates advanced professional competence. A written document, in support of the student’s artwork, which follows the guidelines of the East Carolina University Graduate School, is also required. The MFA degree is recognized as the terminal degree in the studio arts and is required to teach studio art courses at the university level.
All accepted MFA applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better and whose portfolio and application materials are deemed meritorious and received before the application deadline will be considered for assistantships, scholarships, and out of state tuition remissions (January 15 deadline only).
MFA candidates receive a number of teaching and research assistantship opportunities beginning the first semester of attendance. Teaching assistantships may be awarded once students have completed a teaching observation assistantship and have successfully completed 18 hours of course work. Most MFA candidates are provided the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses and many are able to teach several different courses.
Assistantships pay $9000 per academic year for a full-time assistantship of 20 hours per week and require twenty hours per week of work, which may be assigned in a variety of ways. Each MFA candidate receives a contract one semester in advance, that details his or her assistantship obligations.
Other MFA Financial Incentives
The Graduate Scholar Award is $4,000 per academic year for two years and is one of the highest honors given by the Graduate School. Applicants must have a 3.3 GPA and a meritorious portfolio and application materials to be eligible. Each concentration area nominates applicants, with the final decision of award made by the School of Art and Design Graduate Committee and the Graduate School.
There are a limited number of out-of-state tuition remissions, which cover the out-of-state portion of the student’s tuition. The remissions are highly competitive and each concentration area nominates applicants, with the final decision of award made by the School of Art and Design Graduate Committee.
The School of Art and Design offers attending students the opportunity to receive scholarships during the Spring semester.
Please visit this webpage for the most recent list of awards: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/soad/scholarships.cfm
NASAD, SACS, NCATE
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MAEd 33-36 / MFA
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