The Master of Fine Arts degree is the terminal graduate degree in studio art offered on our Statesboro campus. Graduate students in the M.F.A. program are charged with surpassing their previous art achievements by evolving a fresh conceptual premise into a body of artwork relevant to today’s contemporary art world. M.F.A. candidates achieve new heights as a studio artist through coursework that challenges them to advance their conceptual, historical, theoretical, and practical knowledge.
- Concentration in Graphic Design – Statesboro campus only
- Concentration in Studio Art – Statesboro campus only
Regular Admission Requirements
- Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in a college accredited by the appropriate accrediting association.
- Satisfactory Completion of a minimum of 18 semester hours of undergraduate studio arts courses and an additional minimum of 9 semester hours of art history.
- A 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or higher on all undergraduate work.
- In addition to application materials required by the College of Graduate Studies, prospective students are required to submit a creative portfolio for consideration by the admissions committee in the Department of Art
- Portfolio – submitted to the program director:
Department of Art
- Letter of Interest which includes a Statement of Intent describing the purpose of entering full-time graduate studio art program and ultimate goal(s) as an artist.
- 20 to 30 images of current artwork representing a mature, post-baccalaureate, body of work. Submit images on printed tear sheets, minimum 4×6 each; including proper identification of title, media, year, size AND on CD/DVD in 300 dpi jpeg format.
- Artist’s Statement highlighting the body of work presented in the portfolio.
- Three (3) letters of reference identifying your studio practices and ability to pursue coursework of an advanced critical and theoretical nature.
- Curriculum Vitae
*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA.
Degree Requirements: 60 Credit Hours
Tuition fees are available here.
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M.F.A. Thesis Work
The MFA prepares students for professional careers as practicing artists and designers, for positions as studio art professors in higher education, or for work in other Arts-related fields requiring advanced study in studio arts. Georgia Southern’s MFA degree program guides graduate students toward competence in specific art media while addressing that in contemporary art the boundaries of various disciplines often consciously cross when relevant to student conceptual and production goals.
The MFA degree program at Georgia Southern offers concentrations in Studio Art or Graphic Design. Each degree consists of graduate level courses in studio, art history, and theoretical disciplines. The full-time, residential program requires a maximum of three years for completion. The program culminates with an MFA thesis exhibition, demonstrating professional level competency, accompanied by a written support thesis reviewed by a graduate thesis committee. Formal faculty reviews of student work are conducted throughout the semester to guide students forward in completing their degree requirements.
MFA candidates are offered their own private studio space to create and develop their artwork. The BFSDoArt also offers many graduate assistantships and graduate teaching positions to help cover tuition, fees, and supply costs. These assistantships also provide valuable work experience which gives the Department’s graduates a valuable edge in their career goals.
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