Master of Arts

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Program Description

Master of Arts

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Degrees Available at SIUE

• Master of Fine Arts — Studio Art

• Master of Arts — Art Therapy Counseling

Art Studio at SIUE

The master of fine arts (MFA) degree is a terminal studio degree designed to further the individual development of degree candidates and to provide them with professional competency in the creative arts of ceramics, photography/ digital arts, graphic design, drawing, metalsmithing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and textile arts.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of artists and related workers is expected to grow 16 percent through 2016. Competition in all art and design fields is generally healthy. The outlook is most favorable for multimedia artists and animators as demand for special effects in movies, television and video games increases. Medical illustration also will be in demand as medical research grows. Salaries vary greatly for artists. Average earnings range from $32,570 for craft artists to $88,510 for art directors. Artists also find rewards in terms of job satisfaction. Sixty-two percent of artists are self-employed.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, an applicant seeking admission to the graduate program leading to the MFA degree shall meet the following requirements:

• A digital portfolio of representative work by the applicant must be submitted to the Department of Art and Design to be reviewed by the faculty in the applicant’s intended studio area. Where quality of slides or CD images makes evaluation inconclusive, applicants may be asked to submit the actual work. All applicants must present a letter of intention to pursue graduate study.

• Persons with deficiencies may enroll as unclassified graduate students for a limited time. Upon completion of the deficiencies, the student submits a portfolio of recent work to the graduate art faculty before admission to the program is granted.

• Students pursuing the MFA degree work toward a graduate emphasis or concentration in one of the principal studio areas. Those wishing to transfer from one studio area to another or desiring two studio emphases must submit an acceptable portfolio in each area; however, it is not possible to apply for two studio emphases when making the initial application.

• Degree seeking candidates should send the following materials directly to: MFA Admission Committee, Department of Art and Design, Campus Box 1774, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 62026- 1774.

a. Three (3) letters of recommendation, preferably from art instructors (at the undergraduate degree granting institution) or from artists familiar with the applicant’s current artwork

b. A letter of intent of approximately 500 words, indicating professional aspirations and more immediate objectives pertaining to the program of study the applicant will pursue while in graduate school at SIUE

c. A slide or CD portfolio consisting of twenty (20) slides in the area in which application is made. (Some areas also require additional drawing slides; contact the area head to discuss any additional image requirements.) GRADUATE College of Arts and Sciences • Department of Art and Design

It is the candidate’s responsibility to make sure the application, transcript(s), letters and portfolio arrive at SIUE on time. It is recommended that the candidate mail the three letters of reference and the letter of intent together with the portfolio in one mailing. In this way, the applicant will know that all materials and documentation have been mailed. Some writers of letters of reference prefer to mail their letters directly. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check to make sure that the letters have arrived. The same is true for transcript(s).

A committee consisting of the graduate studio faculty who offer MFA degree classes will review letters, transcript(s) and portfolio. When a decision is reached, the applicant will be notified initially by the Graduate Admissions Office, and a follow-up letter will be mailed by the Department of Art and Design. Letters will be mailed approximately one month following the deadline. If an application is not approved, the carousel portfolio will be promptly returned. If approved, the portfolio will be retained by the department until the student arrives on campus or until its return is requested.

So that the MFA program can achieve a broader perspective, students who receive their undergraduate art degrees at institutions other than SIUE will be given higher priority in acceptance for admission.

Application Deadline

The deadline for admission is January 15 of the preceding spring semester. Additional applications will be considered after these dates on a space available basis.

Art Therapy Counseling at SIUE

The program leading to the master of arts degree in art therapy counseling combines classroom instruction, practicum experience and research. The program is clinically based with an emphasis on experiential learning.

Career Outlook

Art therapy counseling is an expanding field and employment continues to increase as it becomes recognized by professionals, work settings and clients. Upon completion of their degrees, graduates are prepared to accept positions as art therapists and counselors in a wide variety of clinical settings. Graduates of art therapy counseling programs are successful at finding employment in both full- and part-time positions. The salary for art therapy counselors varies geographically and with experience. Entry-level annual income is approximately $32,000-$45,000.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, an applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree in art studio, art education, psychology or a related field.

Prospective students must show evidence of having completed 18 hours of art studio, 3 hours of art therapy or art education, 3 hours of statistics, and 12 hours of psychology, including developmental and abnormal psychology, prior to admission to the program. Applicants with deficiencies will be required to take prerequisite course work before classified status is approved.

A statement of intent (500 words or less), resume, three letters of recommendation, and a slide portfolio (12-15 slides) or a disk and printouts of digital images of recent general work are required for admission. Applicants must submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and schedule a group interview with faculty and students in the graduate program in art therapy counseling.

Application Deadline

Fall only- February 1st

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Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
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9,024 USD
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USA Edwardsville, Illinois
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