As part of the student's studio and discretionary electives, he/she may register with a faculty member under a Directed Study Contract. All M.F.A. students are required to take coursework for a grade until they have formed their Supervisory Committee. The descriptions for Directed Study are as follows:
ART6940, Selected Topics in Art, Grading option Regular (For a grade), 1-4 credits
Suitable for coursework by contract in an area in which the student has prior skill.
ART5910, Research, Grading option Regular (For a grade), 1-4 credits
Suitable for coursework by contract in an area in which the student has little or no prior skill.
ART6907, Independent Study, Grading option S/U, 1-19 credits.
Suitable for graduate level coursework in any area for which the student does not wish a letter grade, or which justifies more than 4 hours of credit. May be used only after the student's Supervisory Committee is formed. (See S/U Grades)
ART6911, Directed Research, Grading option (For a grade), 1-19 credits.
Suitable for graduate level coursework in any area that justifies more than 4 hours of credit. May be used only after the student's Supervisory Committee is formed.
As noted, ART 6907 and ART 6911 are not for use by M.F.A. students who have not yet established their Supervisory Committees. The other, media specific, course numbers such as Sculpture or Painting are not often used as they are fixed at 4 credit hours.
Requests for use of transfer credits or credits earned under non-degree seeking student status should be made when the student applies to the graduate major. The faculty will decide at the time of admission whether or not transfer credits and credits earned will be used toward the requirements for the M.F.A. degree. Transfer credit and credit earned as a non-degree seeking student to be used toward the students' M.F.A. degree is limited to 8 semester hours.
A Student may not take any course work for a grade of "S/U" until they have elected a supervisory committee, usually by the fourth semester. All course work taken during the first three semesters must be taken in course work assigning letter grades that designate quality points. Appropriate contract numbers would include graduate level studios such as Sculpture or Painting, and ART 5910 for an area in which a graduate student did not have prior skill, or ART 6940 for studies in an area where prior skill exists but the student requires variable credit or the research does not conform to clear categorization by discipline. ART 6907 Independent Study offers the S/U grading option and is not to be used until after the student has elected a supervisory committee.
GRADUATE SUPERVISORY COMMITTEES
The Graduate Supervisory Committee consists of a chair and two members from the Studio Art faculty. The Supervisory Committee must be approved by the MFA Coordinator. Exceptions only with approval of the MFA Faculty Coordinator and the Director of the School.
FACULTY EVALUATIONS AT THE END OF FIRST, SECOND and THIRD SEMESTER
At the end of the first, second and third semester, students will receive a written evaluation from a faculty committee regarding their progress in the major based on a presentation of their work. A student receiving “unsatisfactory” evaluations for any two of these three semester reviews will be dropped from the major.The full faculty will review a student with two unsatisfactory evaluations before they can be dismissed.