Master of Arts (MA)

The M.A. in studio art is an in-depth exploration of art history and theory that is a foundation for the M.F.A. You’ll develop your artistic skills while you refine your philosophical approach to the discipline.

Preparing You For Success

Throughout the 33-hour, three-semester program, you initiate visual and conceptual concepts and develop them through the mastery of an initial studio concentration and continued growth in a related medium. You must complete the curriculum in one of seven art forms: ceramics, drawing, printmaking, painting, photography, sculpture or visual communications. As part of the curriculum, you’re reviewed by faculty after the first semester, then you finish with a presentation, thesis exhibit and comprehensive thesis paper. If approved, you can continue at Bradley to complete the terminal M.F.A.

By the time you graduate, your experiences include:

  • A 2:1 student-faculty ratio that fosters collaboration on projects
  • Professional growth and networking through student organizations
  • Attendance at National Art conferences and symposiums
  • Participation in community, regional and national art exhibits and events

Making Your Mark

In addition to being preparation for the M.F.A., the degree is an effective path to private studio practice. You may choose not to continue to the terminal degree, or faculty may vote for non-continuance to the M.F.A.

Graduate Program Requirements

Required Courses - 33 hrs.

  • 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.