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MFA/MA Program and Academic Requirements

Graduate students have an opportunity to earn both an MA in art history (through the School of Humanities) and an MFA in visual arts at Purchase College. In most cases, obtaining the two degrees requires three years of in-residence study with a total course load of 96 credits. For successful progress through the program, a 3.0 (B) GPA must be maintained.

Apart from preparation for museum and gallery work and writing art criticism, students enrolled in the MA/MFA program gain a significant competitive advantage when pursuing a teaching career in studio art. Candidates for both the MA and MFA should review the options for thesis exhibition. Studio space is provided during the first two years of the program.

First Year | Second Year | Third Year

Academic Requirements

First Year: 32 credits
 
Fall: 16 credits
VIS 5585/Graduate Studio Seminar I 4 credits
VIS 5900/Independent Graduate Studio 4 credits
ARH 5325/Master’s Colloquium I 4 credits
Elective (open) 4 credits
 
Spring: 16 credits
VIS 5595/Graduate Studio Seminar II 4 credits
VIS 5900/Independent Graduate Studio 4 credits
ARH 5326/Master’s Colloquium II 4 credits
Studio art elective 4 credits
 
Second Year: 32 credits
 
Fall: 16 credits
VIS 5605/Graduate Studio Seminar III 4 credits
VIS 5900/Independent Graduate Studio 4 credits
ARH 5—/Art history elective 4 credits
ARH 5101/Proseminar: Method and Theory in Art History* 4 credits
*ARH 5101 offered alternate years; one semester required
 
Spring: 16 credits
VIS 5615/Graduate Studio Seminar IV 4 credits
VIS 5990/MFA Graduate Project 8 credits
Studio art elective 4 credits
 
Third Year: 32 credits
 
Fall: 16 credits
ARH 5—/Art history electives (two) 8 credits
Elective (open) 4 credits
ARH 5990/Master’s Thesis 4 credits
 
Spring: 16 credits
ARH 5—/Art history electives (two) 8 credits
Elective (open) 4 credits
ARH 5990/Master’s Thesis 4 credits

Updated March 21, 2013

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