The University of South Carolina offers the M.F.A. degree program with a major in studio arts. Within the major, studies specialize in drawing, ceramics, painting, photography, sculpture (3-D studies), and printmaking. The M.F.A. degree provides the opportunity for professional growth and mastery of skills in the selected major and minor areas of concentration in studio art. Completion of the degree primarily affirms a candidate’s mastery in studio production. Also, through competitively assigned assistantships, opportunities are provided for candidates to develop professional competency in the teaching of studio art. The M.F.A. degree requires a minimum of 60 hours of graduate level course credit and a combined undergraduate and graduate total of 124 credit hours in art. The M.F.A. program itself consists of 60 credit hours: 33 hours of art studio; 12 hours from a group that comprises art history, theory, criticism, and art education; 6 to 9 hours of a creative terminal project, including a written proposal and project documentation; and 6 to 9 hours of electives. An oral defense of the project is also required.
Degree Requirements (60 Hours)
The University of South Carolina offers the M.F.A. degree program in Art Studio. The M.F.A. degree provides the opportunity for professional growth and mastery of skills by requiring students pursue major and minor areas of concentration from among the following subject areas: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, and/or sculpture (3-D studies). Completion of the degree primarily affirms a candidate’s mastery of studio production in their major and minor areas of concentration. Additionally, through competitively assigned assistantships, candidates may develop professional competency in the teaching of studio art at the college and university level. The M.F.A. degree requires a minimum of 60 hours of graduate level course credit:
All M.F.A. candidates are also required to complete a first semester critique with the Art Studio faculty. The critique is non-evaluative, allowing for open discussion of the student's work produced during the semester.
M.F.A. candidates must then successfully complete and pass two progress reviews, one each at the completion of the second and third semesters. Each review intends to provide a forum for discussion and evaluation of work produced during the semester, to give students an opportunity for contact with studio faculty and to monitor the candidate's progress. The reviews are equivalent to master’s comprehensive exams.
Failure to pass will result in a re-review at the end of the next semester by the entire faculty. Candidates who do not pass re-reviews may not continue in the program. Students will not be allowed to register for ARTS 896 (Project Proposal) prior to successfully completing the two reviews.
The minor is a secondary area of concentration within Art Studio. It is not a true minor, as such.
The Graduate Bulletin's Degree Requirements for the MFA in Art Studio were unclear and vague, creating a conflict between ARTS faculty expectations, student understanding, and DGS enforcement ability. The new language is much clearer and fully explains degree requirements so that there is no longer any question. We would like the new language to be effective immediately--or asap. It has been unanimously approved by SVAD's Curriculum Committee.
I think you have to put the current verion of the degree requirements in (unedited). I'm afraid they'll kick it back as it.
Minor revisisons. No BOT, CHE, or SACS approval required.
This update will appear in the 2018-19 Graduate Studies Bulletin to be published 15 February 2018.