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Graduate Programs

Within these programs students will find a broad range of studio and academic disciplines housed in outstanding facilities. These various disciplines are united by a deep commitment to craft, technical development and scholarship sustained by rigorous examination of contextual and conceptual issues informing students' work. In the graduate programs at BGSU, we strive to create a productive community of diverse artists and scholars unified by our commitment to excellence. Students come to BGSU from all over the United States and the world. Graduates of our programs continue to achieve an uncommon level of professional recognition, both in terms of exhibition and publication success and in obtaining college and university teaching positions.

All students accepted into the program with a graduate assistantship are assigned shared studio space. In addition there is a graduate student workroom/lounge with computers and a printer for work with digital imaging or writing papers, graduate student mailboxes, and an announcement board.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Master of Fine Arts in art program is designed to produce professionally competent artists who are aware of the great traditions in art and related cultural fields. The intent of the program is to produce graduates who are more than mere technicians in art. Students receive training in the fundamentals and achieve a level of competence that will enable them to contribute to the field of art. The MFA program prepares students to become either professional artists or teachers of art after receiving the degree.

MFA students may choose from the following majors:

  • Digital Arts (includes Computer Animation, Digital Imaging and Interactive Media)
  • Three-Dimensional Studies (includes Ceramics, Glass, Jewelry/Metals and Sculpture)
  • Two-Dimensional Studies (includes Drawing, Painting, Photography* and Printmaking)

       *Applications in Photography are not being accepted indefinitely.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Students majoring in a studio area work with the Graduate Coordinator to choose the student's major professor. The Major Professor will work with the Graduate Coordinator to oversee the student's matriculation process and will serve as the chair of the student's Graduate Review Committee. The Graduate Review Committee is composed of three graduate faculty members, including the Major Professor.

Students entering the MFA degree program have probationary status during the first 15 semester hours of work. In the semester immediately following the completion of this 15-hour requirement (summer excepted), the student must pass the initial review for permission to continue in the program.

Candidates for the MFA degree must complete a minimum of 60 semester credit hours at the graduate level (only grades of "C" or better will count as hours toward graduation).

  • 21 semester hours within studio specialization
  • 12 semester hours of studio elective courses (may come from the specialization)
  • 9 semester hours of studio critique
  • 6 semester hours of art history class (one 500 level and one 600 level)
  • 3 semester hours of academic elective (must be graduate level)
  • 3 semester hours of general elective (must be graduate level, can be studio art or academic elective)
  • 3 semester hours of pedagogy
  • 3 semester hours of exhibition research

Awarding of the degree is contingent upon recommendation for graduation by the Graduate Review Committee after a final review of work submitted by each candidate.

Total hour requirements may be reduced for students who can apply credit from previous graduate work. Students are required to complete a minimum of two full-time semesters in residence.

The MFA exhibition, required of each student, is the culmination of the candidate's work in his/her studio discipline. The exhibition is a major show including an in-lieu-of-thesis statement and documentation of the work, which must be accompanied by an exhibition brochure. MFA exhibitions are usually held spring semester in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery in the Fine Arts Center, though exceptions can be made. The MFA exhibition must be approved by the Graduate Review Committee.

ADMISSION

Prospective graduate students need to apply to both the Graduate College and the School of Art. MFA candidates are required to submit a portfolio and application materials by the February 2nd deadline.



Applying to the Graduate College
Applying to the School of Art

Sample Graduate Program

Use this schedule for guidance when filling out the tentative Degree Program form:

Two Years

FIRST YEAR

Fall
Studio Specialization (6 hrs)
Studio Elective (3 hrs)
Studio Critique (3 hrs)
Art history 5XX or 6XX Seminar (3 hrs)

SECOND YEAR

Fall
Studio Specialization (3 hrs)
Studio Elective (6 hrs)
Studio Critique (3 hrs)
Academic Elective (3 hrs)

Spring
Studio Specialization (6 hrs)
Pedagogy (3 hrs)
Studio Critique (3 hrs)
Art history 5XX (3 hrs)

 

Spring
Studio Specialization (6 hrs)
Studio Elective (3 hrs)
General Elective (3 hrs)
Exhibition Research (3 hrs)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Master of Art with in Art History allows students to pursue advanced study in western and non-western art. Art History graduate students receive constant exposure to the various art processes and have ample opportunity to see art in production. Bowling Green's proximity to the Toledo Museum of Art gives students the advantage of close contact with one of the country's finest art collections. Here the art history major may study many excellent examples of art from all periods and cultures, view the museum's changing exhibitions, and attend special lectures and symposia.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Candidates must complete a minimum of 33 semester credit hours at the graduate level (only grades of "C" or better will count as hours toward graduation).

  • 27 semester hours of coursework in Art History, comprised of:
            - 3 hours of ARTH 6060: Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism (take in Fall 1).
            - 3 hours of ARTH 5900: Professional Practices in Art History (take in Spring 1, and
              potentially repeat in Spring 2).
            - 9 hours in 5000-level seminar courses.
            - 6 hours in 6000-level seminar courses.
            - 6 hours are at either 5000- or 6000-level.

  • 3 hours in studio art or related academic course inside or outside the School of Art.
  • 3 hours of ART 6990: Thesis Research (taken final semester enrolled).
  • 3 hours / or examination equivalency to fulfill the language requirement.
  • Master's Thesis (must be submitted to thesis committee for approval at a minimum of 7 weeks prior to Graduate College deadline for final submission of all work for graduation).

In addition to the 33 credit hours of coursework, and as a prerequisite to admission to MA degree candidacy and thesis work, students enrolled in the M.A. degree program in Art History must:

  • Submit a Tentative Degree Program (TDP) form to the Graduate College, in which students present their intention to fulfill Plan I requirements of the Graduate College (TDP is submitted end of first semester enrolled, eg. Fall 1).
  • Demonstrate reading proficiency in an approved second language of scholarship, determined in consultation with the student's advisor (who will be one of the full-time faculty in art history). Proficiency is usually certified by a "B-level" examination (usually taken in spring of their first year), or through the successful completion of a Master's equivalency language course (usually taken in the summer, if one is offered, if student does not pass the language examination in spring). For specific information on the administration of the "B-level" examination or the language equivalency course, students should contact the appropriate language department. (Students are required to bring the "yellow" form to the B-level examination to ensure accurate recording of the exam).
  • Declare chosen area of research specialization and arrange for Thesis Chair during second semester of study (usually Spring 1). The Thesis Chair, accompanied by two additional committee members, will supervise the student's progress toward the degree.
  • Submit an internal (Division of Art History only) "MA in Art History Thesis Topic Approval Form" signed by student, advisor, and all other members of the thesis committee.
  • Submit an MA thesis topic to Thesis Chair and committee for approval. The approved topic must in turn be submitted to and approved by the Graduate College (using appropriate form) prior to taking the MA comprehensive examinations.
  • Complete a Master's Thesis in consultation with student's thesis committee. Please keep in mind that student must submit their M.A. thesis to the thesis committee a minimum of 7 weeks prior to the Graduate College's deadline for graduation-this time frame includes 4 weeks for committee members to read and comment, and a minimum of 2-3 weeks for the student to work on revisions. Also please keep in mind that the Graduate College deadline is surprisingly early (usually about 6 weeks prior to graduation). Thus, for a December graduation, all theses must be submitted to the thesis committee in early Fall, and for a May graduation, all these must be submitted to the thesis committee in early Winter (late January, early February). Of course, students will be working with their committee chair prior to submitting the thesis to the committee so that the thesis submitted is the best it can be (eg, do not submit a first draft to the committee for approval!).
  • Give a professional public lecture, in coordination with the Thesis Chair, of the thesis material as a final component of the MA degree.
  • Adhere to all important College of Arts and Sciences deadlines in proposing and completing MA thesis and Comprehensive Exams. Students are expected to contact the College to make sure they are aware of and working with the most up-to-date deadlines for their cohort.

For more information on the Graduate College's requirements and guidelines, please see the Thesis and Dissertation Handbook here.

ADMISSION

Prospective graduate students need to apply to both the Graduate College and the School of Art. MA Art History candidates are required to submit application materials by February 2nd deadline.

Applying to the Graduate College
Applying to the School of Art

Sample Graduate Program

Use this schedule for guidance when filling out the tentative Degree Program form:

FIRST YEAR

Fall
5000-level Art History lecture (3 hrs)
5000-level Art History lecture (3 hrs)
5000-level or 6000-level Studio or Academic Elective(3 hrs)
6000-level Art History

Summer
"B" level language course if student failed in the Spring

SECOND YEAR

Fall
6000-level Art History (3 hrs)
5000-level or 6000-level Art History (3 hrs)
ARTH 5980: Readings in Art History (3 hours)(optional)

 

Spring
5000-level Art History lecture (3 hrs)
5000-level or 6000 level Art History lecture (3 hrs)
6000-level Art History Seminar (3 hrs)
ARTH 5900 Professional Practices in Art History

 

 

 

Spring
ART 6990 Thesis Research (1-3 hrs)
ARTH 5900 Professional Practices in Art History (3 hrs)(optional)
ARTH 5980 Readings in Art History (3 hrs)(optional)

  • You must declare an area of specialization and committee chair the first Spring Semester
  • After completing 18 credit hours, you must schedule comprehensive examinations.
  • MA comprehensive examination should be taken early in second Fall semester.
  • Thesis topic application must be submitted prior to taking MA comprehensive examinations.
  • Tentative Degree Program is due at the end of first semester of study.