Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts

Jeffrey Huberman,
Dean

The mission of the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts shall be the pursuit of excellence in providing distinctive programs and learning environments most conducive to the intellectual, aesthetic, and professional development of its students and faculty. The College also recognizes its centrality to the broader University as a participant in general education and to the larger community, nation, and world as a cultural and communications center. In keeping with this mission, the College offers graduate degrees in the Department of Art, as well as courses in communication and multimedia. A dedicated faculty of professional artist-teachers is committed to providing quality educational opportunities to students desiring post-baccalaureate study.

Art

Paul Krainak,
Chair, Department of Art

Randall Carlson,
Graduate Advisor and Coordinator

The graduate degree program in art was established in 1948. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Mission

The Mission of the graduate art program is the professional development of individual studio and scholarly abilities, exemplified by the production of a significant body of work. Students admitted to the program demonstrate the potential to engage existing dialogues in the visual arts and address developing technologies and discourses.

Two levels of graduate degrees are offered: a Master of Art in Studio (M.A.) and a terminal graduate degree, Master of Fine Art (M.F.A.), which designates the highest level of academic achievement in studio art. The purpose of these degrees is to prepare students for professional practice in the field of studio art. Through participation in the program, students gain knowledge and insight into historical and contemporary ideas and studio theory and practice.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for graduate degrees in art shall demonstrate a special ability for growth and conceptual development in their area of concentration.

Following are requirements for admission to the program:

  1. Official transcript confirming an undergraduate degree with a major in art or the equivalent, and in fulfillment of requirements of the Graduate School.
  2. A CD portfolio of a cohesive body of work (20 jpeg images at 72 ppi, 1020 pixels on longest side) representing: ceramics, drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, photography or examples of visual communication production work.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. A statement of one’s interests, abilities, and direction in art and/or design. (250 words).
  5. Personal interview with graduate or studio area co-coordinator (recommended).
  6. Application deadlines are August 15 (for spring entrance) and January 15 (for fall entrance) to be assured full consideration.

In some cases, conditional acceptance is possible. Undergraduate study may be necessary where deficiencies exist. Students who already hold a Master of Arts degree in studio art may be admitted to the M.F.A. program. For details, consult the department chair or graduate coordinator.

Degree Requirements:

General requirements:

  1.  The following studio major concentrations are offered: ceramics, drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, photography and visual communication.
  2. A residency of 48 semester hours is required for the M.F.A. degree and 24 semester hours for the M.A. degree.
  3. Upon approval student may transfer 6 hours of credit in the major concentration from another accredited institution. The graduate coordinator may recommend acceptance of hours to the Dean of the Graduate School. In rare instances, and upon written approval of the Dean of the Graduate School, more than 6 semester hours may be transferred. But in no instance will Bradley accept more than 12 hours of transfer credit toward a degree.
  4. Undergraduate study may be necessary where deficiencies exist. The graduate faculty will make a collaborative decision regarding courses that fulfill specific deficiencies for the student’s continuation in the program.
  5. Each student is assigned a graduate advisory committee consisting of a major professor in the field and two additional graduate faculty members. The student must work closely with the major graduate coordinator to plan his or her program of study.
  6. Students are eligible to advance to candidacy with an oral and visual presentation to the graduate faculty after completion of 9 hours but before 18 hours.
  7. It is recommended that full-time graduate students take one seminar each semester until the requirement for seminar is completed. Twelve credits of seminar courses are required.'
  8. Students must pass a written comprehensive examination and deliver an acceptable oral presentation.
  9. Documentation of the student’s thesis exhibition and presentation shall be the responsibility of the student and will become the property of the University.

Masters of Arts in Studio Art

The Master of Arts in Studio Art requires a minimum of 33 hours of credit. The degree is offered with a required oral presentation, written comprehensive exam, and exhibit in concentrations of ceramics, drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, photography, or visual communications.

The required 33 hours includes at least 15 hours in a primary studio area, 6 hours in graduate studio electives, 3 hours graduate electives, 3 hours in art history and contemporary practice, 3 hours in theory and criticism, and 3 hours credit for thesis exhibition.

M.A. candidates must hold a B.F.A., B.A., or B.S. or equivalent in art equivalent to that offered by Bradley University. Undergraduate deficiencies must be completed but do not apply toward the 33 semester hour graduate degree requirements.

All M.A. students undergo graduate faculty review for advancement to candidacy for M.A. degree after completion of 9 hours but before 18 hours. A written artist’s statement must also be approved and accompany the work at this time.

In consultation with the graduate advisor and thesis committee, M.A. candidates will write a comprehensive exam paper leading to a thesis exhibition. This paper will be based on topics agreed upon between the candidate, the graduate advisor, and thesis committee reflecting issues contained in the body of work presented for the exhibition. The course number, Art 698, is assigned to this written element for which the student earns 3 hours credit.

Course Requirements

Studio (major concentration) - 15 hrs.
Graduate studio electives - 6 hrs.
Graduate electives (must be pre-approved University graduate courses, additional graduate studios, seminars) - 3 hrs.
Seminar in art history or contemporary practices - 3 hrs.
Seminar in theory and criticism - 3 hrs.
Thesis (exhibition) - 3 hrs.

Total: 33 hrs.

Sample plan of study:

Semester 1
Studio (concentration) - 6 hrs.
Art 690, seminar - 3 hrs.
Total: 9 hrs.

Semester 2
Studio (concentration) - 6 hrs.
Graduate level elective - 3 hrs.
Art 690, seminar or pedagogy - 3 hrs.
Total: 12 hrs.

Semester 3
Studio (concentration) - 6 hrs.
Art 690 - 3 hrs.
Art 698 Thesis Exhibition M.A. - 3 hrs.
Total - 12 hrs.

M.A. Total: 33 hrs.

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art

The Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art requires a minimum of 60 hours of graduate credit (inclusive of M.A. credits). The degree is offered with thesis exhibition and oral defense with concentrations in: ceramics, drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, photography, and visual communication.

The required total of 60 hours (inclusive of M.A.) requires at least 18 hours in a concentration area subject, at least 9 hours in secondary studio areas selected from the fields listed above, and at least 6 hours in historical seminar courses focusing on historical and theoretical themes.

M.F.A. students must hold an M.A. in art equivalent to that offered at Bradley University. Transfer credit is decided by faculty review in consultation with the Graduate School.

M.F.A. students will earn 3 hours for a written comprehensive exam that addresses issues of technical, aesthetic, and historical concerns of their work. Culmination of the M.F.A. program will result in the production and exhibit of work and presentation of an oral defense by registering for Art 699.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the M.A. program in a studio area - 33 hrs.

M.A. in Studio Art hours from Bradley are fully transferable to M.F.A.

For M.A. transfer credit from another university, see Bradley University Graduate Catalog.

Course Requirements

Studio concentration - 18 hrs.
Graduate studio electives - 3 hrs.
Graduate electives (must be pre-approved University graduate courses, additional graduate studios, seminars) - 3 hrs.
Thesis (exhibition) - 3 hrs.
M.F.A. program hours - 27 hrs.

M.A. Hours - 33 hrs.

Total Hours Required (Combined M.A., M.F.A.): 60 hrs.

Sample plan of study:

Semester 1:
Studio (concentration) - 3 hrs.
Studio elective - 3 hrs.
Seminar or University graduate elective - 3 hrs.
Total semester hours - 9 hrs.

Semester 2:
Studio (concentration) - 6 hrs.
Studio elective - 3 hrs.
Total semester hours - 9 hrs.

Semester 3:
Studio (concentration) - 6 hrs.
Art 699 Thesis Exhibition M.F.A. - 3 hrs.
Total semester hours - 9 hrs.