MFA : Calculation of Graduate Credit


The calculation of graduate credit at the University of Texas at Arlington consistently accords to the published credit policies and is in compliance with NASAD standards.

Credit for MFA courses within the Department of Art and Art History are calculated using the following NASAD formula; (1) a semester hour of creditrepresents at least three hours of work each week, on average, for a period of fifteen to sixteen weeks. Graduate credit is earned only when curricular, competency, and all other requirements are met and the final examination or equivalent is satisfactorily passed.

In lecture/discussion courses requiring outside preparation, one hour of credit represents one hour each week of the term in class, and two hours ofwork outside class. In studio/laboratory courses, one hour of credit represents three hours of studio/laboratory time and space each week of the term: normally, studio classes led by an instructor meet for a minimum of 1.5 hours per week for each credit granted, and more often than not, for two hours per week; the remaining time is for studio/laboratory class preparation. Any explanations and justifications regarding variations from these norms are to be substantiated with evidence of student achievement relevant to the purpose of the course. In all cases, faculty contact is sufficient to ensure the development of knowledge and skills required by each course.

In the case of abbreviated time periods (Intersession courses), or in independent study, students must acquire levels of knowledge, competence, and understanding comparable to that expected of students completing work in the standard time period. In order to earn one hour of credit during an Intersession courses, graduate students must attend approximately the same number of class hours and make the same amount of preparation as they would in attending a three-hour-per-week course for one term during the regular academic year.