Graduate – M.F.A.
Masters of Fine Art
The MFA in Studio Art is ordinarily a three-year, sixty-semester hour program of advanced fulltime study in concentrations of ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, new media printmaking, or sculpture, with related coursework in art history and criticism. Benefiting from access to a wide spectrum of faculty viewpoints and expertise, many students work between these areas of concentration. The objective of this terminal degree is to prepare students for careers as professionals in the visual arts. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
New 13,500 sq foot sculpture & ceramics facilities with 18, 300 plus square foot individual studios. Individual studios near spacious common facilities, outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, are provided to all MFA students. Studio access is 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students have the opportunity to participate in two-person and group exhibitions at UTSA’s Satellite Space, located at the Blue Star Arts Complex in downtown San Antonio. The on-campus Art Gallery hosts exhibitions by professional artists and the Annual Juried Student Exhibition. The Visiting Artist Program sponsors a nationally recognized artist or critic for a full semester of teaching and working with graduate students in the MFA program.
In addition to satisfying University-wide graduate admission requirements, applicants are expected to have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in art or the equivalent, including 45 semester credit hours in studio art and 14 semester credit hours in art history. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not a requirement for admission to the program. Special Graduate and Non-Degree seeking students will not be accepted into the MFA program.
An application to The University of Texas at San Antonio is made at www.utsa.edu/graduate. Application to the graduate school should include an artist statement, a statement of intent that should discuss the objectives of proposed graduate study, and three letters of recommendation.
In addition to submitting application materials to the University’s Office of Graduate Studies, all applicants must submit to the Graduate Advisor of Record in the Department of Art and Art History, 20 images in PowerPoint format of their most current work, and an artist statement.
Departmental Application Priority Deadlines (Rolling deadlines until the beginning of each semester, thereafter.)
For admission in the Fall Semester – February 1
For admission in the Spring Semester – October 1
Assistantships, Scholarships and Financial Support
Graduate teaching and research assistantships are available to students enrolled in the program. $100,000 in competitive scholarships are awarded on merit to incoming and current students. The College of Liberal and Fine Arts also provides competitive grants to support students’ research, travel, or creative work. Applicants from out-of-state are encouraged to apply and may qualify through scholarships for in-state tuition.
Areas of Study
The graduate Ceramics program is intended for self-motivated, dedicated artist committed to the practice of making art and to the dialogue around it. The program offers the opportunity to further the conceptual development, aesthetic presentation, technical skills and career goals of the MFA candidates.
While an understanding of the history and tradition of new media and a proficiency in the tools of contemporary creative work are essential to an art student’s education and further career, the emphasis of our program, ultimately, is on ideas. Students are expected to be involved in discussion and debate about relevant topics in contemporary art practice, and, in the studio, to apply themselves to find creative solutions to aesthetic problems. The New Media program also emphasizes public display of projects, and builds opportunities into coursework for off-campus exhibition.
Painting/Drawing seeks motivated artists that are searching for a way of working that is progressive and contemporary in practice and conceptual thrust. Each MFA student in Painting is given private studio space in a large secured room on the fourth floor of the Fine Arts Building that overlooks the campus and the Texas Hill Country. Studio assignments are made on the basis of availability, scale of work and seniority in the program. Studio access is available at all times and there are shop facilities in the building. Graduate students are required to maintain a presence on campus where their work may be viewed and discussed by students and faculty, but may also choose to rent additional space off campus later in the program.
Graduate Photographic studies seek to develop the student’s chosen photographic concerns so that the appropriate techniques and presentation are wedded with specific ideas and images. Graduate students are expected to consider ideas their photographs might relate to and gain a sense of art historical or cultural reference, as well as learn to evaluate the work aesthetically and technically.
At the graduate level, it is expected that the student enter the program with a well-developed technical background in their chosen printmaking specialty. Therefore, the program’s emphasis is placed on development of the conceptual nature of the student’s work and aligning it more finely with the formal and technical aspects. The graduate program emphasizes the importance of understanding and engaging with current art issues. Students will be expected to have a technical working knowledge of the major print processes of lithography, intaglio, relief and monoprinting and to develop and demonstrate a particular expertise in one or more of these. Print students are also required to study in studio areas outside of printmaking (five semesters) and are also reviewed in a series of reviews by faculty in other areas to broaden their artistic and conceptual base.
Graduate Sculpture students are expected to be motivated, inquisitive, capable, resourceful and articulate about their work. We encourage development toward that end. MFA candidates in Sculpture are encouraged to work in cross-disciplinary fields as may be appropriate to their research.
Graduate Advisor of Record
Ricky Armedariz, Associate Professor
Department of Art and Art History
6900 North Loop 1604 West
San Antonio, TX 78249-0642