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Requirements for M.F.A. in Art Studio

The M.F.A. in Art Studio is a two-year program. Our academic year is divided into three 10-week quarters (Fall, Winter and Spring). View the course plan details here.

Degree progress

Accepted students spend two quarters on a conditional basis. During the second quarter, the student presents a body of work done at UC Davis for faculty review (Art 291). If Art 291 is passed, the conditional status is removed.

In the fourth quarter, the graduate student presents a new body of work for faculty criticism and review (Art 292). Passing Art 292 indicates the student is ready to undertake the production of a comprehensive body of work.

Final exhibition

During the final two quarters, the artist completes a body of independent artwork known as the comprehensive project. It is presented as an exhibition. If the faculty accepts the work, the M.F.A. degree is granted.

The final exhibition/comprehensive project (Art 299D) is a body of original work done instead of a written thesis. The work is required to show involvement and commitment of the highest quality. It should be of the depth and quality of a solo exhibition in a reputable commercial or public gallery or, in the case of site-specific works, of a similar professional quality in consideration of siting, process, and fabrication. The student will place this artwork in one of the galleries either on campus or in the city of Davis. This exhibition is known as the Annual M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition. It is usually scheduled in the month of June. M.F.A. candidates submit a package at the time of their thesis review which includes: an artist statement, a resume, a CD/DVD of 20 images, including the work from the Thesis Exhibition, and an annotated image index.

Typical Course of Study (12 units each quarter)

Miscellaneous course notes:

Foreign language and art history courses are not required.

Art 299 is individual work under a specified faculty member.

First-Year courses

Fall
  • Art 290 Graduate Seminar (4 units)
  • Art 299 Individual Study (4 units)
  • Art 299 Individual Study (4 units)
Winter
  • Art 290 Graduate Seminar (4 units)
  • Art 291 Critical Evaluation (1 unit)
  • Art 299 Individual Study (3 units)
  • Upper Division or Graduate Class (4 units) in any subject on campus
Spring
  • Upper Division or Graduate Class (4 units) in any subject on campus
  • Art 290 Graduate Seminar (4 units)
  • Art 299 Individual Study (2 units)
  • Art 299 Individual Study (2 units)

Second-Year courses

Fall
  • Art 290 Graduate Seminar (4 units)
  • Art 292 Comprehensive Qualifying (1 unit)
  • Art 299 Individual Study (7 units)
Winter
  • Art 290 Graduate Seminar (4 units)
  • Art 299 Individual Study (4 units)
  • Art 299D Comprehensive Project (4 units)
Spring
  • Art 299 Individual Study (4 units)
  • Art 299D Comprehensive Project (8 units)

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