Winthrop University: Graduate School - MFA Required Program
Contact Information
Graduate School
211 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
800/411-7041 (toll free)
803/323-2292 (fax)

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art Required Program

With the completion of 9 to 15 graduate credit hours from Winthrop, students must apply for Candidacy with committee review of work. By the end of 30 hours students must apply for Approval of Thesis Proposal with a Thesis Proposal presentation, exhibition, and statement. All details and requirements are located in the MFA Student Handbook. 

Required Coursework

Semester Hours

Studio Art Courses


ARTS 600 Graduate Research A


ARTS 601 Graduate Research B


ARTS 695 Thesis Statement I


ARTS 696 Thesis Production


 ARTT 697 Thesis Statement II


ARTS Electives (choose from):


ARTE 650: M.F.A. Teaching Practicum


ARTS Electives + Special Topics


Academic Studies of Visual Media


ARTT 690 Graduate Seminar


ARTH 683 Seminar in Aesthetics, Theory, and Criticism of Art


Electives (choose from):


ARTS, Art History, or outside research electives (must be >500-level course) 


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.  

Students must work directly with Graduate Program Coordinator, Stephanie Sutton, to determine the most appropriate course sequence. 

Last Updated: 1/18/23