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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 [Archived Catalog]

Sculpture - MFA

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Degree Title: Master of Fine Arts

Program Name and Number: Sculpture - MF5175

Department/Unit: School of Art + Design

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Program Mission:  The Sculpture and Expanded practice program seeks to provide a platform for developing contemporary explorations of both traditional sculpture materials and methodologies and the engagement of the broadest array of emerging and alternative strategies and tactics.

Program Learning Objectives: Students will

  • Demonstrate mastery in skills, techniques and material germane to the student’s research focus, evidenced through a mature body of creative work
  • Identify key figures, works and sources, both historical and contemporary, as evidence to support a clearly stated thesis contextualizing the student’s work
  • Generate documents appropriate to professional practice in the student’s field of focus, and be prepared for participation in the professional world of Art
  • Execute a public exhibit of the student’s creative work

Program Overview:  The faculty and staff of the Sculpture and Expanded practice program maintain a deep commitment to the development and expansion of the work of graduate students while producing and disseminating their own work. Graduate students have access to faculty and facilities across the School and College, and are encouraged to meet with the many visiting artists and presenters hosted throughout the year.

The Master of Fine Art in Sculpture and Expanded Practice is an intensive three-year program. The first and second years are primarily devoted to studio, seminar, art history, and elective coursework. During the third year, the emphasis is an intensive commitment to studio time in preparation for the thesis exhibition. As part of this 3-year studio experience, the student will have individual and group meetings with faculty, interaction with peers in and outside of the sculpture area, and will participate in graduate critiques. A normal full-time academic load is 15 credit-hours per semester, and progress toward the degree is guided by the student’s graduate review committee members to the successful completion of 90 credit hours.

Thesis Committee: Each student accepted into the School of Art + Design graduate program is assigned an advisor within their area of specialization, who acts as the chairperson for the student’s formal reviews. The graduate student will be assigned a thesis committee consisting of their advisor and at least two other faculty members who will work with the student throughout their graduate study.

Opportunities for Graduates: Our graduate students work as professional artists, and have found employment as professors and visiting artists at colleges and universities, as artists in public schools, and as museum and gallery workers across the US.

Link to Program: http://www.ohio.edu/finearts/art/academics/programs/sculpture-expanded-practice.cfm

Link to Program Handbook: artgrad@ohio.edu

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Credit-Hour Requirements Summary: 90 Total credit hours
    • 40 studio (28 in sculpture and 12 in studio elective hours)
    • 12 art history/academic studies
    • 6 seminars
    • 25 thesis credits
  2. Thesis review requirements:
    • Students will have a series of formal reviews throughout the 3 years for the program with the members of their thesis committee.
    • The First-Year Progress Review Occurs toward the end of fall semester and constitutes a progress assessment of the student’s work by his/her committee members.
    • The First-Year M.F.A. Candidacy Review occurs toward the end of spring semester and admits the student to full candidacy for the degree by the student’s committee members.
    • The Thesis Proposal Review occurs during spring semester of the second year and establishes the goals and guidelines of the student’s thesis exhibition.
    • The Oral defense occurs before the public presentation of the Thesis work at the end of the 3rd year of study.
  3. A thesis exhibition and oral thesis is required at the conclusion of the program. A written thesis is not required.
  4. Expected time to degree if studying full time is 3 years.

Admission Requirements: Admission to the MFA program requires a bachelors degree or equivalent, and the submission of a portfolio of 20 images through slideroom, a CV, artist statement, letter of intent, and three letters of recommendation (through the online request service). You must also submit an application to Ohio University online.

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