The Master of Fine Arts in Studio (Sculpture, Painting, New Media) fosters the development of the individual artist's studio practice, while engaging in a critical analysis of the work that leads to an understanding of where it fits in the broad contexts of contemporary art. Central to the program is a philosophical commitment to innovation and to art as the expressing of ideas, and to the use of whatever material strategy might be appropriate, including painting, sculptural media, photography, video, performance, and web-based or community-based art practices. The MFA degree is seen as preparation for participation in a broad range of professional activities in the various economies of contemporary art, especially an exhibiting career as well as for the teaching of art at the college or university level.
Program faculty are all working artists with a diversity of practices ranging from representational, experimental, abstract and multimedia painting to installation, sculpture, digital media, photography, and Internet-based and public practices. Our faculty members pursue active careers, and are represented in galleries, museums, public venues, and in public and private collections throughout the country and internationally. This diversity allows for ample latitude for critique and consultation with faculty members who share a student's particular artistic concerns.
Frequent research and education partners for the School of Art and Design include Landscape Architecture, Computer Science, English/Creative Writing, Theater, Music, the Institute for Communication Research, the Krannert Art Museum, and the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art. The twin cities of Champaign-Urbana present many opportunities for creative cultural production and larger urban centers (Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis) are only two and a half hours away, offering destinations for galleries, exhibitions, symposia, and professional connections.
Applicants must have earned at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for last two years of undergraduate study is a minimum requirement for admission. If your undergraduate study is longer than 4 years, additional semesters may be used to calculate the admission GPA. Please note that proposed programs of study may require a higher GPA than the Graduate College's minimum standard.
Recipient: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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