The Master of Arts in Fine Arts Education: Studio Option is designed primarily for individuals interested in advanced work and professional development in the studio arts. The degree provides an essential means for practicing art educators to upgrade their professional profile and substantively increase their earnings. Many school districts provide funding for this pursuit. The M.A. degree also advances an “area of artistic specialization” for each student, leading to gallery-ready work and the establishment of personalized, artisan-based and potentially marketable commodities. These exciting areas of specialization include drawing, painting, printmaking, jewelry/metals, textiles, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and furniture.
The 33 credit program is designed to engage each student in graduate level study characterized by enhanced skills development and conceptual understandings, which culminate in the form of a professional thesis exhibition. Many enrolled students are working artists, teachers and professionals. Although demanding of qualitative work, the program provides enough flexibility to take courses at the pace which best accommodates their individual lifestyles. In certain cases, students have completed the program in two years, however a minimum of three years should be expected as the number of credits taken per semester and rate of progress will vary among students. Interviews are held throughout the calendar year, by appointment. Students may begin taking courses in either spring or fall semester.
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