Winthrop University: Graduate School - MFA Required Program
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Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
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Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art Required Program

With approval of MFA advisor, prior to the end of 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 followed by the Committee's 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 Criticism of Art


500-600 level art history courses


500-600 level electives outside Fine Arts


ARTS 695 Thesis*


ARTS 696 Thesis*


Graduate Exhibition**


Total Semester Hours


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

Visit the graduate course descriptions webpage to view course descriptions.

*A thesis project is required for the MFA in Studio Art, creative in content and including a written thesis statement that may 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 Studio Art.  

Last Updated: 3/27/20