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Fine Arts Studio MFA degree

Elizabeth Kronfield, Professor, Graduate Director
(585) 475-7562, edkfaa@rit.edu

Program overview

The MFA in fine arts studio is a rigorous two-year program comprised of major studio courses chosen from painting, sculpture, non-toxic printmaking, and expanded forms. The program also includes studio electives in areas such as film, ceramics, photography, industrial design, and glass in addition to theory, and contemporary art history. A thesis is required.

The program is committed to collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches both within the four major fine arts areas of study and the entire College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. The program's structure allows for personal growth, experimentation, collaboration, and unique, non-discipline specific results to occur in the thesis. Courses are meant to concentrate on creative visual work while also thinking about making and sustaining a dialogue.

Curriculum

Fine arts studio, MFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  Fine Art Studio Major Courses 15
ARTH-605 Thinking About Making 3
FNAS-702 Fine Art Research 3
  Art History (Contemporary) Course 3
FNAS-606 Business Practices 3
  CIAS Studio Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
Second Year
  Fine Art Studio Major Courses 9
FNAS-890 Research and Thesis 10
  CIAS Studio Elective 3
  Free Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 61

 

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MFA program in fine arts studio, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor of fine arts degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university,
  • Submit a portfolio containing a cohesive body of artwork that demonstrates both technical skill and visualization of conceptual thought,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit two letters of recommendation,
  • Submit a letter of intent, which should include a candidate’s interest in obtaining an MFA, the selection of RIT for the MFA degree, and professional goals to be achieved,
  • Submit an artist’s statement explaining the intention behind the portfolio submitted, and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International students whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (internet-based) are required. Scores from the International English Language Testing System are accepted in place of the TOEFL. A minimum score of 6.5 is required



Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this program's information from the retired quarter calendar

Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
 

Program overview

The MFA program in fine arts studio offers intensive study in painting, printmaking, sculpture, new forms, and related media, leading to mastery in the fine arts field on a professional level. Students will explore advanced techniques in painting, sculpture, new forms, and non-toxic printmaking. These may be pursued singly and combined, or brought together with nontraditional media to create new forms. Faculty guidance focuses upon research strategies that support sequential studio production, leading to individual solutions.

Critical discussion is developed from the traditions of fine art and contemporary directions in our culture. These contemporary and historical concepts stimulate and provoke the development of an individual approach to expression. Along with engaging in critical dialogues, students progress toward the production of a body of work and a report for the master’s thesis.

Gallery r, an art gallery in downtown Rochester operated by School of Art students, helps solidify the learning experience by bringing the work of students to the greater Rochester community.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their graduate program adviser with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Fine arts studio, MFA degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
2039-715 Thinking About Making 3
2021-872 Business Practices 3
2037-790 Forms of Inquiry 2
2021-780 Fine Art Studio Graduate I: Painting, Printmaking Sculpture, or New Forms 18
2021-890 Fine Art Studio Thesis 3
  Studio/Open Electives 12
  Humanities 8
Second Year
  Fine Art Studio Graduate II: Painting, Printmaking Sculpture, or New Forms 12
2021-890 Fine Art Studio Thesis 11
  Studio/Open Electives 18
Total Quarter Credit Hours 90

Fine arts studio, MFA degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  Fine Art Studio Major Courses 15
ARTH-601 Forms of Inquiry 3
  Art History Course 3
FNAS-702 Fine Art Research 3
ARTH-605 Thinking About Making 3
  Open Elective 3
  Studio Elective 3
Second Year
  Fine Art Studio Major Courses 9
FNAS-606 Business Practices 3
  Studio Elective 3
FNAS-890 Research and Thesis 10
  Open Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 61