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  • The Master of Fine Arts degree is awarded for completion of 60 credits. No credits may be transferred. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.

    For a complete listing of courses and course descriptions, visit the university course catalog.

    The curriculum chart below reflects the typical course of study in this program. To view the curriculum that has been adjusted for the exceptional 2020-2021 academic year, click here.

  • First Year Summer
    PGPH 5000 Graduate Seminar 1 3
    PGPH 5001 Major Studio 1 6
    Subtotal 9
    First Year Fall
    PGPH 5003 Independent Studio 1 3
    3
    Non-Course Requirement - Research/Fieldwork [Equivalency]** [3]
    Subtotal 6
    First Year Spring
    PGPH 5006 Independent Studio 2 3
    3
    Non-Course Requirement - Research/Fieldwork [Equivalency]** [3]
    Subtotal 6
    Second Year Summer
    PGPH 5100 Graduate Seminar 2 3
    PGPH 5101 Major Studio 2 6
    PGPH 5103 Teaching Methods* 3
    Subtotal 12
    Second Year Fall
    PGPH 5110 Independent Studio 3 3
    PGPH 5301 Thesis and Exhibition 1 2
    3
    Non-Course Requirement - Research/Fieldwork [Equivalency]** [1]
    Subtotal 8
    Second Year Spring
    PGPH 5113 Independent Studio 4 3
    PGPH 5302 Thesis and Exhibition 2 2
    3
    Non-Course Requirement - Research/Fieldwork [Equivalency]** [1]
    Subtotal 8
    Third Year Summer
    PGPH 5200 Graduate Seminar 3 3
    PGPH 5201 Thesis and Exhibition 3 2
    PGPH 5202 Major Studio 3 6
    Subtotal 11
    Total Credits
    60

    *Recommended elective

    **Students in the program must also complete eight equivalency credits as outlined. To earn equivalency credits, students undertake rigorous independent research/fieldwork in an area chosen in consultation with program faculty. Research projects may build upon work initiated in the intensive summer residencies or be used in support of work created for Independent Studios. Research may culminate, for example, in work for departmental publications or projects, guide professional development activities or support peer-to-peer workshops. It is assumed that for each equivalency credit three hours per week are spent for the duration of the term.

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