MFA : General Requirements

Below are the basic requirements for gaining entrance to the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Texas Arlington Art + Art History Department. If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please do not hesitate to contact Nancy Palmeri,

1. MFA Course Requirements
  The graduate course requirements for the MFA of 60 semester credit hours would normally be distributed over six semesters of a three-year program. The student will be required to spend a minimum of three semesters in the MFA program with one academic year in residency as a full time student.

2. Specific Course Requirements
  Area of Concentration: 39 semester credit hours
Supporting Studio Courses: 9 semester credit hours
Art History: 9 semester credit hours
Free Electives: 3 semester credit hours
Combination will total: 60

Courses outside the area of concentration (supporting and free electives) should be taken from faculty other than the major professor. It is strongly recommended that the students study with a minimum of three additional faculty members during the course of his/her program. Students are also encouraged to take a free elective outside the Art and Art History Department.

The supervisory committee will approve the course options (work) and scholarly research based on the unique direction of each individual student.

3. Departmental Assistantships  Although graduate students enrolled in the MFA program have a very good chance of receiving a graduate teaching or graduate research assistantship at some time during their program of study. GTA and GRA awards are made based on the quality of the applicant, the needs of the department and the available resources. The Department of Art and Art History is committed to offering as many other types of employment opportunities within the department as possible (i.e. assignment as a student assistant in the Gallery at UTA).

To receive a GTA or GRA, a student must be full-time (i.e. enroll in at least 9 hours, but not more than 12 hours each semester) and must be making and continue to make significant progress towards the completion of the degree (cf. selection II. E. Academic Warning and Dismissal, Graduate Faculty Handbook, Department of Art and Art History).