ART AND ART HISTORY - Dept. Codes:  ART, ARH
www.as.miami.edu/art

DEGREE PROGRAMS

Two programs serve the needs of graduate students in Art and Art History.

Master of Fine Arts program in the studio areas of
• Painting
• Sculpture
• Graphic Design/Multimedia
• Ceramics/Glass
• Printmaking
• Photography/Digital Imaging

Master of Arts program in Art History

MASTER OF ARTS

The M.A. degree is designed for students in art history who plan academic, museum or gallery careers. It entails a minimum of 36 credits in art history and related courses, including six credits of thesis. M.A. students must pass a comprehensive examination. Reading knowledge of a foreign language appropriate to the study of Art History (e. g. French, German, Italian, Spanish) is required.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN ART HISTORY ARE:

Art History at 500 level or above 21 credits
Electives not restricted to courses in Art 9 credits
Thesis 6 credits

Admission to the Master of Arts program requires a minimum of eighteen semester hours of undergraduate study in Art History. 

Applicants for admission are required to submit an example of an art history research paper they have done in addition to the general requirements of transcripts, GRE scores and letters of recommendation. It is highly recommended that applicants have reading knowledge of a foreign language (e.g., French, German, Italian, Spanish).

A maximum of six semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred from another institution, providing that the credits have been taken within six years prior to matriculation at the University of Miami and have been passed with a grade of B or higher.

Applicants for admission to the Master of Arts program are responsible for the submission of the following materials to the Graduate Secretary in Art and Art History:
• All transcripts of college-level academic work;
• GRE scores (and TOEFL score for foreign students);
• A research paper from an undergraduate art history course;
• Three letters of recommendation;
• Application form.

Applicants for the M.A. degree are considered in the Spring and Fall. The deadlines for applying are February 15 for Fall admission and September 15 for Spring admission.
FINANCIAL AID: Graduate Teaching Assistantships and tuition waivers are awarded by the department in studio areas.

The G.R.E. is required for the M.A., but not for the M.F.A. degree.

All M.F.A. students with Teaching Assistantships must contribute to the teaching program as an essential part of their responsibilities.

MASTER OF FINE ARTS

The Master of Fine Arts degree is the terminal degree for students interested in the creation of art who plan to pursue careers as practicing artists/teachers.

The students will take a minimum requirement of 60 credit hours in approved graduate courses.

Teaching assistants can opt to take 10 credits each semester, or will take 9 credits each semester the first year, 12 credits each semester the second year, and 9 credits each semester the third year.

A Supervisory Committee will be assigned when the student is formally admitted to the program.
It will be comprised of at least four members.
The Supervisory Committee chair will be from the student’s area of concentration and a member of the graduate faculty.
The head of the Supervisory Committee will select the membership of the Committee after conferring with the student.
The Supervisory Committee will formally review the student’s progress; the student may be put on probation at the end of any semester, and given one semester to improve or be removed from the program.

Application for candidacy may be made any time after the completion of 30 credits, but must be attained prior to registration for the final semester.

The Supervisory Committee will determine whether the student should be admitted to candidacy.
When the student is admitted to candidacy, a Thesis Committee is formed with at least four members, who need not be the same as the Supervisory Committee.
The Chair should be from the student’s area of concentration and a member of the graduate faculty.
Two others should be department faculty, and the fourth person must be from outside the studio faculty.
This committee will consult with and advise the student on his or her work, meet twice a semester to review progress, read and comment on the thesis document, and conduct a final oral exam during the thesis exhibition.
The thesis exhibition will be scheduled after the successful completion of ART 599; the show will be installed after the candidate has submitted an accepted thesis document. All incompletes must be cleared before the exhibition can be scheduled.
No student gains the right to be recommended for the degree simply by completing requirements. This right is reserved to the students Thesis Committee in coordination with the Graduate Program Director.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF FINE ARTS DEGREE IN STUDIO:

ARH 598, ART 604, ART 681 (3 seminars); 9 credits
Area of studio concentration; 24 credits
Art History at 500 or 600 level 6 credits
Electives, not restricted to courses in Art or Art History; 12 credits
ART 599 Exhibition Preparation 3 credits
Thesis, consisting of a body of studio work accompanied by a written document. 6 credits

Applicants for admission to the Master of Fine Arts program are responsible for the submission of the following materials to the Graduate Secretary in Art and Art History:

1. All transcripts of college-level academic work;
2. 20 slides of studio work; OR 20 images on a CD/DVD
3. Three letters of recommendation;
4. Application form.

Applicants for MFA degrees are considered in the Spring and Fall. February 15 is the postmark deadline for Fall admission and September 15 is the postmark deadline for the Spring admission. Teaching Assistantships are available only with Fall admission. The deadline for international applications for the following Fall semester is January 15.