The Department of Art offers a program of graduate study leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree. The program's Graduate Faculty consists of over 15 active professional artists specializing in the traditional studio areas of painting, sculpture, printmaking,drawing and digital media. Additional interests are reflected in the program's course offerings, including areas such as new genre and installation i.e computer based work.
To apply to the MFA Program applicants are encouraged to complete the Graduate School application available online at www.gradschool.umd.edu/admission. Applicants are also required to pay the requisite appliation fee.
For admission to the graduate program, The Department of Art requires an undergraduate degree with a major in art from an accredited college or university, or its equivalent. A minimum of 30 credit hours of undergraduate work in studio courses and 12 credit hours in art history courses is recommended.
The MFA Degree is the final degree in studio art. Only the highest level of undergraduate artistic achievement is appropriate for graduate application. The Department of Art seeks students who have developed coherent bodies of work that are personal and focused. This body of art work, as professionally documented on CD's, Videos or websites is the primary basis for admittance.¬
Type of Applicant Fall Spring
Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and Permanent Residents with foreign credentials; International Applicants seeking admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas and immigrants
Deadline: January 15
International Applicants seeking admission under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
Deadline: January 15
No Tests 3 Letters of Recommendation 1 set of complete transcripts reflecting undergraduate and graduate work 20 Digital Images, website/software or videos/videos documentation
(Work samples are submitted through slideroom. For instructions on how to submit portfolio submissions go to http://umdart.slideroom.com.)
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Candidates for the Master of Fine Arts Degree must complete a program that consists of 60 credit hours. These 60 credit hours are distributed as follows: 30-33 credits in Studio,0-3creditsDesign Practicum and/or Teaching Internships, 6 credits in Art History/Art Theory, 12 credits in Graduate Colloquium and 9 credits in Masters Thesis Research. Graduate Reviews, with committees made up of Graduate faculty members take place at the end of each semester. Each MFA candidate in his/her final semester must select a thesis advisor with a thesis committee. Students must present their artwork in a Thesis Exhibition, usually installed in the Art Gallery at a designated time near the end of the spring semester. Students must also develop a written component to the Thesis (These have varied in length from five to 50 pages), and present an oral defense of the Thesis to the Thesis committee.
Studio facilities are spacious and well-equipped. Painting students are able to work in oils, acrylic, watercolor, fresco and encaustic. The sculpture area includes a woodshop, a welding and forging area, a stone and related materials area, and an active foundry. Printmakers can choose to work in intaglio, lithography, photo-etching, silkscreen or woodcuts. Drawing facilities are also available as well as special project rooms. Each graduate student is provided with a studio and access to models and classroom facilities. Sculptural installations may be built both indoors and outside on the grounds.
Within the building housing the Department of Art, there are two galleries and two libraries. The University of Maryland Art Gallery, an independent unit that works closely with the Department of Art, features national and international contemporary and historical exhibitions as well as faculty and annual MFA Thesis shows. The Herman Maril Art Gallery is a student organized gallery that features student exhibitions, lectures, special projects and a space for social activities. The Art Library, separate from the large research libraries on campus, has an outstanding collection of books, catalogues, periodicals and reproductions, all indexed on computer and CD ROM systems.
The Department offers eight teaching assistantships and one fellowship. A number of Graduate School Fellowships are also available. Applications should be submitted by January 15 for consideration for a graduate assistantship or fellowship.
For further information, contact:
Danielle M. Curtis,MFA Administrative Assistant
University of Maryland College Park Department of Art
rm. 1211E Art/Sociology Building #146
Telephone: (301) 405-1445
Prof. Dawn Gavin, Graduate Director
Rm.1211E Art-Sociology Bldg #146