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Master of Fine Arts Required Program

Students are required to complete at least 60 semester hours of approved graduate-level work. At least half the work presented for the degree must be 600-level courses.  

With approval of MFA advisor prior to end or the first semester, MFA students select a major professor; with the completion of 9 to 12 graduate credit hours from Winthrop, students must form a Graduate Committee and apply for Candidacy with Committee review of work; and at the end of 18 hours students must apply for Approval of Thesis Proposal together with a Candidacy exhibition and statement.


Semester Hours

500-600 level courses in approved studio curriculum (Including Special Topics in Art, MFA
Studio Seminars- ARTS 584, ARTS 585, and ARTS 690)
Art History  
ARTH 683 Seminar in Aesthetics, Theory and Criticsim of Art 3
500-600 level art history courses 6
500-600 level electives outside Fine Arts 3-9
ARTS 695 Thesis** 3
ARTS 696 Thesis** 3
Graduate Exhibition*** 0
Total Semester Hours 60

Note: registration for GSTC 600, Continuing Graduate Studies, may be required. Check with advisor.

Visit the graduate course descriptions webpage to view course descriptions. 

*Courses must be in related area of art and design approved by advisor.

**A thesis project is required for the MFA degree in art and design, creative in content and including a written thesis statement that can be retained by the University. Upon completion of the thesis, students must pass an oral examination (to be completed at least two weeks prior to final examinations).

***Documented exhibition is required of every candidate for the MFA degree in art and design.  

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Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
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