Studio Art Track

Entrance Requirements

Completion of Previous Degree Program

Prospective M.A. candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree in visual art or art education from a regionally accredited institution. All candidates for the graduate program are required to arrange a personal interview with the graduate art committee. 

Evaluation of Creative, Scholarly or Professional Work

The applicant for the M.A. in Fine Arts must submit a CD or portfolio of 20 works of Fine Arts, and a written statement about the applicant’s specific goals for the M.A. program. The undergraduate record will be reviewed by the departmental graduate selection committee. 

Entrance Criteria

  1. The candidate must have an undergraduate degree in visual art or art education, or a combination of experience, expertise, training and related undergraduate coursework. Candidates must have a minimum average of 3.0 in fine arts areas on a 4.0 scale.
     
  2. Deficiencies may require make-up work, which will not count towards the minimum requirement of 30 semester hours credit for the degree. Deficiency areas will be determined by the graduate admissions committee.
     
  3. Demonstration of a capacity to pursue graduate work in the department.

Curriculum

The degree will combine creative work, inquiry, and investigation in ways that focus on the advanced preparation of artists and designers. A minimum of 36 semester credits is required, apportioned as follows:

Required core courses for the M.A. in Fine Arts Degree   15 sem. hours

Includes:

FA 5020 – Issues in Contemporary Fine Arts (3)

FA 6027 – Future Directions for Fine Arts (3)

ELECTIVES  may be chosen from any area of graduate Fine Arts (3)

FA 6024 – Final Project* (6)

Required courses designated for the Studio Art Track   21 sem. hours

Includes:

Fine Arts History (3)

3 credit hours in any area of Fine Arts advanced art/design history courses and historical studies in other fine arts fields (ART/MU/THR) as appropriate to the particular studio discipline and to the individual’s program of study goals.

Studio Courses (18)

Studio courses to be selected from the Studio Art Courses listed under Course Description, or from other studio areas of Fine Arts as advisor recommends. A minimum of 6 semester hours of studio classes must be taken at 6000 level. Studio courses should be taken sequentially within the various areas of media study.

* Notes on Final Project for the Art track: 

This course is the capstone project of the M.A. experience. Comprised of an exhibit or installation, artist statement of intent, and a paper analyzing the project in formal, historical and aesthetic contexts, the Graduate Final Project will be reviewed by a committee of faculty and professionals. Committees may include no fewer than three and no more than six members, and should be established before the project is begun. Committee members will meet with the student during the semester of project development, offering critique and review of work in progress.)

Graduation Requirements

Listed below is a summary of the requirements graduate students must complete to earn a Master of Arts in Fine Arts at Cumberland University.

  1. Each student must successfully complete the required thirty six (36) semester hours of graduate coursework for the Master’s Degree within seven calendar years from the date of entry as a degree-seeking student.
     
  2. Each student must achieve a cumulative graduate grade point average of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). No more than six semester hours of “C” grade course work are acceptable in the graduate program. A grade of “D” is not acceptable; no credit hours will be earned; course must be repeated prior to graduation. A grade of “F” is unacceptable and may not be repeated without approval of the Graduate Studies Council. No student may receive a Master’s Degree with a graduate course grade of “D” or “F” that has not been successfully repeated with an earned course of “A”, “B”, or “C”.
     
  3. Each student must successfully complete a Final Project in the selected area of study. The Final Project will be reviewed by a committee of faculty and professionals, who will meet the students during the project development; offering critique and review of work in progress.
     
  4. Each student must receive the recommendation (approval) from the Graduate Fine Arts Committee of Cumberland University indicating this student to be representative of the high ideals of the graduate studies program of Cumberland University.
     
  5. Each student must file an Intent to Graduate form, pay required graduation fees, and may participate in the Commencement Ceremonies. Participation is not required.

Good Standing

Candidates for the Master’s Degree are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in all courses taken for graduate credit. No more than six semesters hours of “C” grade course work are acceptable in the graduate program. A grade of “D” is not acceptable; no credit hours will be earned; course must be repeated prior to graduation. A grade of “F” is unacceptable and may not be repeated without approval of the Graduate Studies Council. No student may receive a Master’s Degree with a graduate course grade of “D” or “F” that has not been successfully repeated with an earned course of “A”, “B”, or “C”. A grade of “I” (Incomplete) is given only when part of the work required is missing and arrangements have been made in advance with the professor to complete the work. Normally, this means that an “I” grade should be given only if circumstances arise which are beyond the control of the student; e.g., illness, accident, or other unforeseen circumstances. If the work is not completed by the end of the following semester, the “I” grade will be changed to an “F” unless the professor submits another “I grade.