Department of Art
The Department
Our Programs

The Mississippi College Department of Art offers the following graduate programs:

The Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts, 2D and 3D

A sixty-hour terminal degree in Studio Art

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The Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

A sixty-hour terminal degree in Graphic Design

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The Master of Science in Art

A thirty-hour advanced degree in Studio Art

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The Master of Education in Art

A thirty-hour advanced degree in Art Education and Studio Art

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The Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts

Introduction to the MFA degree

The Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts degree offered by the Mississippi College Department of Art is an advanced graduate degree in the field of studio art, in either two-dimensional or three-dimensional areas.   The person who has earned this degree has reached a new level of maturity as an experienced and well-prepared professional artist.   This degree shows the world that the degree holder is capable of a high level of informed creative work and aesthetic thought, and also that the person is capable of taking their place in the educational world as a teacher who can advance from instructor to full professor.

Being an integral part of an institution that has since 1826 made a place for itself for its commitment to Christian education and to challenging and respected academic standards, Mississippi College gives students and faculty a reason to strive for the highest achievement. Mississippi College is a Christian university serving more than 5,300 students from 39 states and 23 countries.  For an overall view of our university go to http://www.mc.edu/.

Why seek a terminal degree at MC?

There are a number of artists who seek the Master of Fine Arts degree for the enhancement of their personal creative and professional abilities, and the M.F.A. degree traditionally qualifies professionals to teach on the college level. Their goals may be to be exposed to varied aspects and practices of studio art which they weren’t able to receive in their undergraduate experience, to increase their skill set, to expand their range of creative work, and as a step to prepare them to move into other art careers. We have a core of courses to cover advanced studio art in its professional and creative aspects, and course options for students to be able to customize their graduate experience. Another advantage to seeking the degree is that M.F.A.’s have the flexibility to teach part-time or full-time in a college setting at any point of their careers. Within the higher education field, the M.F.A. is the creative arts equivalent to a Ph.D., which makes it a terminal degree for advancement in academic rank. We believe that the ability to teach others what you do is hard proof of mastery, and this is just one of many opportunities the M.F.A. provides.

The Program

 The Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art degree is offered in either two-dimensional or three-dimensional areas. It is a 60-hour degree (approximately 20 courses). The degree finishes with a creative thesis sequence. The creative thesis combines a major creative studio project, along with research and writing on the thesis topics and personal experiences in the project.  Program courses expand your academic experience and guide you in the creation of artworks that allow for creative growth, advanced ideas and procedures, and which demand high levels of aesthetic thought and creative effort.

 The two-dimensional major takes courses in painting, drawing, printmaking and other two-dimensional media, while the three-dimensional major takes courses in sculpture and ceramics and ventures into media experimentation. Students in both majors can take electives throughout the department, along with individually-prepared projects in studio and research areas.  Studio and lecture courses offer traditional and nontraditional experiences in the creation of visual art, and in art historical, art educational and aesthetic studies.  Students learn to recognize the history of art and design as a storehouse of priceless concepts.

Where do I begin?

Please contact Mr. Steve Cook, M.F.A., scook@mc.edu , Graduate Coordinator, for more information or if you have any questions.  We want to help you have a good experience as you consider our programs.

Admission can be granted as regular admission, or, if there are certain admissions components missing or prerequisites are required, provisional admission can be granted.

Admission requires an undergraduate degree in art or the equivalent.  Applicants without this degree or preparation will be required to take undergraduate courses and provide other evidence of accomplishment  as specified by the Chair of Department of Art prior to Regular Admission to the MFA in Visual Arts program.

To begin the admissions process:

- Go to https://mc.edu.185r.net/application/login/ and complete the online application.  A $35.00 application fee is required.  If you are unable to do this on line, contact Mr. Steve Cook, M.F.A., scook@mc.edu , Graduate Coordinator about other options.

- To compete your application and act on it, we must have one copy of all the official transcripts from previous collegiate work (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate levels), and any transferable graduate credit. Official transcripts are those mailed from the college or university directly to the Dean of the Graduate School, Box 4029, Clinton, MS 39058; those brought in by applicant, relative, etc. or marked “issued to student” are not considered official. Please contact Mr. Steve Cook scook@mc.edu about possibilities of obtaining these electronically.

- Send a portfolio that reflects proficiency and preparation for graduate study in visual arts, showing proficiency and accomplishment emphasizing either two-dimensional or three-dimensional art but for both areas applicants should include evidence of abilities in drawing and other creative areas they have experienced. The portfolio should consist of a maximum of 20 images. The applicant may send at least 20 digital images to the Mississippi College Department of Art by email to Mr. Steve Cook scook@mc.edu , or a a CD of 20 digital images of artworks, or a printed portfolio of images, may be sent to Mississippi College, Department of Art, P.O. Box 4020, Clinton, MS 39058. This portfolio and other materials must be approved by the graduate admissions committee for the applicant to receive regular or provisional admission.

- You must provide acceptable scores on the GRE revised General Test  http://www.ets.org/gre . Admission is provisional if the test has not been taken, or if scores are unacceptable, or unless ART 6507 or ART 6508 is taken with a grade of at least a “B” (the GRE test must still be taken in the first semester of studies if it is not taken prior to beginning the program).

- Submit a resume.

- Submit a formal statement of intent of 200-500 words setting forth a personal philosophy and professional objectives for the degree. The statement may be sent to Mr. Steve Cook scook@mc.edu by email or to Mississippi College, Department of Art, P.O. Box 4020, Clinton, MS 39058.

- Complete an interview with the Graduate Coordinator or graduate faculty as designated by the Chair of the Art Department.

International students should contact Mr. Steve Cook scook@mc.edu for details on international admissions.

Financial aid

 Financial aid is available in the forms of loans, scholarships and assistantships. Contact Mr. Steve Cook scook@mc.edu for details.

A closer look at the Mississippi College Department of Art...

To get a closer look at our programs and department, please go to the website: art.mc.edu.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will choose the Mississippi College Department of Art for your graduate school home.

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The Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Introduction

The Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree offered by the Mississippi College Department of Art is an advanced graduate degree in the Graphic Design field.   The person who has earned this degree has reached a new level of maturity as an experienced and well-prepared design professional.   This degree shows the world that the degree holder is capable of a high level of informed creative work, and also the person is capable of taking their place in the educational world as a teacher who can advance from instructor to full professor.

There are many undergraduate programs that offer Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Graphic Design in Mississippi, but Mississippi College offers the only graduate program with a Graphic Design concentration within the state, and one of the few in the region! The fact that our program is new gives us the advantage of being more responsive to what is current in the industry. Being an integral part of an institution that has since 1826 made a place for itself for its commitment to Christian education, and to challenging and respected academic standards, gives students and faculty a reason to strive for the highest standards. Mississippi College is a Christian university serving more than 5,300 students from 39 states and 23 countries.  For an overall view of our university go to www.mc.edu .

Why seek a terminal degree at Mississippi College?

There are a number of professionals who seek the degree for the enhancement of their personal creative and professional abilities as Graphic Designers, and the MFA degree traditionally qualifies professionals to teach on the college level. Their goals may be to be exposed to newer aspects of the industry which they weren’t able to receive in their undergraduate experience, to increase their skill set to expand their range of their agency or freelance work, and as a step to prepare them to move into art management. We have a core of courses to cover advanced design in its professional and creative aspects, and course options for students to be able to customize their graduate experience. Another advantage to seeking the degree is that M.F.A.’s have the flexibility to teach part-time or full-time in a college setting at any point of their careers. Within the higher education field, the M.F.A. is the creative arts equivalent to a Ph.D., which makes it a terminal degree for advancement in academic rank. We believe that the ability to teach others what you do is hard proof of mastery, and this is just one of many opportunities the M.F.A. provides.

The Program

The MFA in Graphic Design is a 60-hour degree (approximately 20 courses). The degree finishes with a creative thesis sequence. The creative thesis combines a major creative studio project, along with research and writing on the thesis topics and personal experiences in the project.  Program courses expand your academic experience and guide you in the creation of works that allow for creative growth, advanced ideas and procedures, and projects which demand high levels of thought and creative effort.

Graduate Graphic Design I and II involve students in graduate-level work and require them to meet the standards that graduate study demands. Courses such as Illustration, Typography, History of Graphic Design, Group Critique Workshop, Interactive Design, Media Portfolio, and Digital Portfolio, along with individually-prepared projects and art studio and lecture courses offer traditional and nontraditional resolutions to the creation of visual problems.  Students learn to recognize the history of art and design as a storehouse of priceless concepts. A primary goal of Graphic Design courses is to design campaigns that call for various forms of media design work including web-accessible components, print, and even motion graphics.

Where do I begin?

Please contact Mr. Karlos Taylor, M.F.A., KTaylor@mc.edu , Graduate Graphic Design Coordinator, or Mr. Steve Cook, M.F.A., scook@mc.edu , Graduate Coordinator, for more information or if you have any questions.  We want to help you have a good experience as you consider our programs.

Admission can be granted as Regular Admission, or, if there are certain admissions components missing or prerequisites are required, Provisional Admission can be granted.

For the MFA in Graphic Design, the applicant must have an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design with courses or preparation equivalent to the undergraduate Graphic Design degrees (B.S. or B.A.) offered by Mississippi College. Applicants without this degree or preparation will be required to take undergraduate courses as specified by the Chair of Department of Art prior to Regular Admission to the MFA in Graphic Design program.

To begin the admissions process:

 - Go to https://mc.edu.185r.net/application/login/ and complete the online application.  A $35.00 application fee is required.  If you are unable to do this on line, contact Mr. Karlos Taylor, M.F.A., KTaylor@mc.edu , Graduate Graphic Design Coordinator, or Mr. Steve Cook, M.F.A., scook@mc.edu , Graduate Coordinator.

- To compete your application and act on it, we must have one copy of all the official transcript(s) from previous collegiate work (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate), and any transferable graduate credit. [Official transcripts are those mailed from the college or university directly to the Dean of the Graduate School, Box 4029, Clinton, MS 39058; those brought in by applicant, relative, etc. or marked “issued to student” are not considered official.]  Please contact Mr. Steve Cook scook@mc.edu about possibilities of obtaining these electronically.

- Send a portfolio that reflects proficiency and preparation for graduate study in Graphic Design showing proficiency and accomplishment in Graphic Design. The portfolio should consist of a maximum of 20 images. The applicant may send a CD of 20 digital images of artworks or 20 digital images sent to the Mississippi College Department of Art by email to Mr. Karlos Taylor, M.F.A., KTaylor@mc.edu or Mr. Steve Cook scook@mc.edu , or a printed portfolio of images may be sent to Mississippi College, Department of Art, P.O. Box 4020, Clinton, MS 39058. This portfolio and other materials must be approved by the graduate admissions committee for Graphic Design for the applicant to receive regular or provisional admission.

- You must provide acceptable scores on the GRE revised General Test  http://www.ets.org/gre . Admission is Provisional if the test has not been taken, or unless scores are acceptable, or ART 6507 or ART 6508 is taken with a grade of at least a “B” (the test must be taken nonetheless).

- Submit a resume.

- Submit a formal statement of intent of 200-500 words setting forth a personal philosophy and professional objectives for the degree. The statement may be sent to Mr. Karlos Taylor, M.F.A., KTaylor@mc.edu or Mr. Steve Cook scook@mc.edu by email or to Mississippi College, Department of Art, P.O. Box 4020, Clinton, MS 39058.

- Complete an interview with the Graduate Graphic Design Coordinator or graduate faculty as designated by the Chair of the Art Department.

International students should contact Mr. Steve Cook scook@mc.edu for details on international admissions.

Financial aid

 Financial aid is available in the forms of loans, scholarships and assistantships. Contact Mr. Steve Cook scook@mc.edu for details.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will choose the Mississippi College Department of Art for your graduate school home.

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The Master of Science in Art

Introduction to the Master of Science in Art

The Department of Art offers the Master of Science in Art degree in studio art, which includes studies in two-dimensional arts such as painting and drawing, and the three-dimensional arts including sculpture and ceramics. For graduate studies in graphic design, please refer to the M.F.A. programs in Visual Arts and Graphic Design and the Master of Science in Graphic Design in the Graduate Degree Programs list in the Graduate Catalog. There is no graduate program in interior design.

The Master of Science in Art degree offered by the Mississippi College Department of Art is an advanced graduate degree in the field of studio art, in either two-dimensional or three-dimensional emphasis.   The person who has earned this degree has reached a new level of maturity as an experienced and well-prepared professional artist.   This degree shows the world that the degree holder is capable of a high level of informed creative work and aesthetic thought, and also that the person is capable of taking their place in the educational world as a teacher with advanced credentials.

Being an integral part of an institution that has since 1826 made a place for itself for its commitment to Christian education and to challenging and respected academic standards, Mississippi College gives students and faculty a reason to strive for the highest achievement. Mississippi College is a Christian university serving more than 5,300 students from 39 states and 23 countries.  For an overall view of our university go to www.mc.edu.

Why seek a Master of Science in Art degree at Mississippi College?

There are a number of artists who seek the Master of Science in Art degree for the enhancement of their personal creative and professional abilities, and the M.S. degree also traditionally gives professionals entry-level requirements to teach on the college level. Their goals may be to be exposed to varied aspects and practices of studio art which they weren’t able to receive in their undergraduate experience, to increase their skill set, to expand their range of creative work, and as a step to prepare them to move into other art careers. We have a core of courses to cover advanced studio art in its professional and creative aspects, and course options for students to be able to customize their graduate experience. Another advantage to seeking the degree is that M.S.’s have the flexibility to teach part-time or full-time in a college setting at any point of their careers. Within the higher education field, the M.S. is an initial entry into many college teaching slots. Those earning our M.S. degree can transfer up to 30 hours into our Master of Fine Arts program, which is our terminal degree and allows the recipient full recognition for advancement in college art teaching. We believe that the ability to teach others what you do is hard proof of mastery, and this is just one of many opportunities the M.S. provides.

The Program

The Master of Science in Art degree is offered with either two-dimensional or three-dimensional emphasis with elective possibilities in both areas. It is a 30-hour degree (approximately 10 courses). Program courses expand your academic experience and guide you in the creation of artworks that allow for creative growth, advanced ideas and procedures, and which demand high levels of aesthetic thought and creative effort.

At least 21 hours of the degree are in studio art. The two-dimensional major can take courses in painting, drawing, printmaking and other two-dimensional media, while the three-dimensional major takes courses in sculpture and ceramics and ventures into media experimentation. Students in both majors can take electives throughout the department, along with individually-prepared projects in studio and research areas.  Studio and lecture courses offer traditional and nontraditional experiences in the creation of visual art, and in art historical, art educational and aesthetic studies.  Students learn to recognize the history of art and design as a storehouse of priceless concepts.

Where do I begin?

Please contact Mr. Steve Cook, M.F.A., scook@mc.edu , Graduate Coordinator, for more information or if you have any questions.  We want to help you have a good experience as you consider our programs.

Admission can be granted as regular admission, or, if there are certain admissions components missing or prerequisites are required, provisional admission can be granted.

Admission requires a baccalaureate degree in art or the equivalent undergraduate preparation in art (contact Steve Cook, M.F.A., scook@mc.edu , Graduate Coordinator, for information on equivalency of preparation) and six semester hours of undergraduate art history. At the option of the graduate admissions committee, applicants without this degree or equivlent transcripted undergraduate preparation may be required to take undergraduate prerequisite courses as specified prior to the Regular Admission to the Master of Science in Art program, but the undergradaute transcripted program in art must be substantially complete for Provisional Admission to a graduate program to be possible.

To begin the admissions process:

- Go to www.mc.edu/application and complete the online application, including paying the application fee.  If you are unable to do this on line, contact Mr. Steve Cook, M.F.A., scook@mc.edu, Graduate Coordinator about other options.

- To compete your application and act on it, we must have one copy of all the official transcripts from previous collegiate work (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate levels), and any transferable graduate credit. Official transcripts are those mailed from the college or university directly to the Dean of the Graduate School, Box 4029, Clinton, MS 39058; those brought in by applicant, relative, etc. or marked “issued to student” are not considered official. Please contact Mr. Steve Cook scook@mc.edu about possibilities of obtaining and sending these to the Graduate School electronically.

- Send a portfolio that reflects proficiency and preparation for graduate study in visual arts, showing proficiency and accomplishment emphasizing either two-dimensional or three-dimensional art but for both areas applicants should include evidence of abilities in drawing and other creative areas they have experienced. The portfolio should consist of a maximum of 20 images. The applicant may send at least 20 digital images to the Mississippi College Department of Art by email to Mr. Steve Cook scook@mc.edu ; or a a CD of 20 digital images of artworks, or a printed portfolio of images, may be sent to Mississippi College, Department of Art, P.O. Box 4020, Clinton, MS 39058. This portfolio and other materials must be approved by the graduate admissions committee for the applicant to receive regular or provisional admission.

- You must provide acceptable scores on the GRE revised General Test www.ets.org/gre.  (A verbal score  of 146 or greater (equivalent to 400-450) and a quantitative score of 140 or greater (equivalent to 400-450), or one of these scores on either section and a score of 2.5 on the writing assessment of the GRE General Examination, is required). Admission is provisional if the test has not been taken, or if scores are unacceptable, or unless ART 6507 or ART 6508 is taken with a grade of at least a “B” (the GRE test must still be taken in the first semester of studies if it is not taken prior to beginning the program).

- Submit a resume.

- Submit a formal statement of intent of 200-500 words setting forth a personal philosophy and professional objectives for the degree. The statement may be sent to Mr. Steve Cook scook@mc.edu by email or to Mississippi College, Department of Art, P.O. Box 4020, Clinton, MS 39058.

- Complete an interview with the Graduate Coordinator or graduate faculty as designated by the Chair of the Art Department.

- Final approval for admission is granted by appointed graduate art faculty.

International students

International students should contact Mr. Steve Cook scook@mc.edu for details on international admissions.

Financial aid

Financial aid is available in the forms of loans, scholarships and assistantships. Contact Mr. Steve Cook scook@mc.edu for details.

A closer look

To get a closer look at our programs and department, please go to the website: http://art.mc.edu/ .

We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will choose the Mississippi College Department of Art for your graduate school home.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will choose the Mississippi College Department of Art for your graduate school home.

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The Master of Education in Art

Introduction

The Master of Education in Art degree offered by the Mississippi College Department of Art in conjunction with the School of Education is an advanced graduate degree in art education combined with advanced work in studio art.   The person who has earned this degree has reached a new level of maturity as an experienced and well-prepared art educator.   This degree shows that the degree holder of a Master of Education in Art has achieved a higher capability as an educator and is also working at higher standards of creative work.  M. Ed. graduates are capable of taking their places in the educational world as teachers with higher credentials and a deeper understanding of creative art. 

There are many undergraduate programs that offer bachelor’s degrees in education in Mississippi, but Mississippi College offers one of the few graduate program in art education within the state. Being an integral part of an institution that has since 1826 made a place for itself for its commitment to Christian education, and with challenging and respected academic standards, gives students and faculty a reason to strive for the higher achievements required at the master’s level. Mississippi College is a Christian university serving more than 5,300 students from 39 states and 23 countries.  For an overall view of our university go to www.mc.edu .

Why seek the Master of Education in Art?

There are a number of professional educators who seek this degree for the enhancement of their personal creative and professional abilities. The M.Ed. in Art degree qualifies teachers to teach more confidently in the public and private elementary and secondary schools at a higher level of licensure. The goal of the seeker of the M.Ed. in Art may be to gain exposure to advanced aspects of the art education and creative fields which they weren’t able to receive in their undergraduate experience, and to increase their skills set in educational and artistic endeavors. We have a core of courses to develop educators in their professional and creative aspects, and course options for students to be able to customize their graduate experience. Another advantage to seeking the degree is that M.Ed.’s have the flexibility to teach part-time or full-time in a college setting at any point of their careers. We believe that the ability to teach others is proof of mastery, and this is just one of many advantages the M.Ed. in Art provides.

The Program

The M.Ed. in Art is a 30-hour degree (approximately 10 courses). Five of these courses are in selected studio courses.  The M.Ed. in Art curriculum offers advanced courses in education and creative studio art, with traditional and nontraditional resolutions to educational and visual problems.  This curriculum expands your academic experience in professional education topics, and also guides you in the creation of works of studio art that allow for creative growth, advanced ideas and procedures. All of these goals demand high levels of academic and creative effort.

Where do I begin?

Please contact Dr. Stephanie Busbea, Ph.D., Busbea@mc.edu , Art Education Coordinator, or Mr. Steve Cook, M.F.A., scook@mc.edu , Graduate Coordinator, for more information or if you have any questions.  We want to help you have a good experience as you consider our programs.

Admission can be granted as regular admission, or, if there are certain admissions components missing or prerequisites are required, provisional admission can be granted.

For regular admission to the M.Ed. in Art program, the applicant must have an undergraduate degree in art or equivalent preparation and hold or qualify to hold a Class A teacher’s license. Applicants without this degree or licensure will be required to take courses and obtain the license as specified by the Chair of Department of Art prior to regular admission to the M.Ed. in Art program.

To begin the admissions process:

- Go to https://mc.edu.185r.net/application/login/ and complete the online application.  A $35.00 application fee is required.  If you are unable to do this on line, contact Dr. Stephanie Busbea, Ph.D., Busbea@mc.edu , Art Education Coordinator, or Mr. Steve Cook, M.F.A., scook@mc.edu , Graduate Coordinator for information on applying by hard copy.

- To compete your application and act on it, we must have one copy of all the official transcript(s) from previous collegiate work (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate), and any transferable graduate credit. [Official transcripts are those mailed from the college or university directly to the Dean of the Graduate School, Box 4029, Clinton, MS 39058; those brought in by applicant, relative, etc. or marked “issued to student” are not considered official.]  Please contact Mr. Steve Cook scook@mc.edu about possibilities of obtaining these electronically.

- Send a portfolio that reflects proficiency and preparation for graduate study in art showing your proficiency and accomplishment in creative studio art. The portfolio should consist of a maximum of 20 images. The applicant may send a CD of 20 digital images of artworks or 20 digital images sent to the Mississippi College Department of Art by email to Dr. Stephanie Busbea, Ph.D., Busbea@mc.edu , Art Education Coordinator, or Mr. Steve Cook, M.F.A., scook@mc.edu , Graduate Coordinator , or a printed portfolio of images may be sent to Mississippi College, Department of Art, P.O. Box 4020, Clinton, MS 39058. This portfolio and other materials must be approved by the graduate admissions committee for the applicant to receive regular or provisional admission.

- You must provide acceptable scores on the appropriate Praxis tests. Admission is provisional if the tests have not been taken, or if scores are not acceptable. Contact Dr. Stephanie Busbea for information on the Praxis tests.

- Supply a copy of your teaching license.

- Submit a resume.

- Submit a formal statement of intent of 200-500 words setting forth a personal philosophy and professional objectives for the degree. The statement may be sent to Dr. Stephanie Busbea, Ph.D., Busbea@mc.edu , Art Education Coordinator, or Mr. Steve Cook, M.F.A., scook@mc.edu , Graduate Coordinator by email or to Mississippi College, Department of Art, P.O. Box 4020, Clinton, MS 39058.

- Complete an interview with Dr. Stephanie Busbea, Ph.D., Busbea@mc.edu , Art Education Coordinator or or Mr. Steve Cook, M.F.A., scook@mc.edu , Graduate Coordinator, or graduate faculty as designated by the Chair of the Department of Art.

International students

International students should contact Mr. Steve Cook scook@mc.edu for details on international admissions.

Financial aid

Financial aid is available in the forms of loans, scholarships and assistantships. Mississippi College offers generous aid to teachers who are currently teaching full-time. Contact Mr. Steve Cook scook@mc.edu for details.

A closer look

To get a closer look at our programs and department, please go to the website http://art.mc.edu/  to learn more about our department and the many activities available in our total program of art and education experience, and the community you can be part of.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will choose the Mississippi College Department of Art for your graduate school home.

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Program Information

The information below represents the status of programs from the 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog.  Please refer to information above for current program information as of June 2013.

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Visual Arts

The Master of Fine Arts Degree is recognized as a terminal degree in studio art and as a normal requirement for studio art teaching positions at institutions of higher education. Through research and application in either a two-dimensional or three-dimensional concentration, the MFA degree offers a program of study that fosters intensive creative activity for professional artists and art educators. Students will have the opportunity to study art at an advanced level in an environment where the emphasis is on the study of art from a Christian world view.

These degrees are offered in studio art, which includes studies in two-dimensional arts such as painting and drawing, and the three-dimensional arts including sculpture and ceramics. There is no graduate degree available in the area of applied design such as graphic design or interior design.

Courses will normally be offered to allow completion of course work in two years plus one semester of full-time study, but actual completion of course requirements is dependent on course availability and the taking of required courses when offered.

The Department of Art cannot guarantee a completion date for the degree.

The Thesis is offered only as a fall/spring sequence. Those not taking Studio Thesis I in the fall semester will be unable to begin the thesis in the following spring and will therefore begin the thesis in another fall/spring cycle.

Application for Full Admission

In addition to the requirements set forth by the Graduate Office, the applicant must comply with the following: 

  1. Must have completed an undergraduate degree with a major in Art or have the equivalent undergraduate preparation in Art (contact the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Art for information on equivalency of preparation).
  2. GRE Requirement: A combined score of 850 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE or a score of at least 450 on either section and a score of 2.5 on the Writing Assessment Test of the GRE General Examination is required for most graduate programs. The Department of Art may exercise discretion for students who score between 800 and 840 on the verbal and qualtitative sections of the GRE and have at least a 3.5 undergraduate GPA. Student sin an M.F.A. program who have not obtained the necessary score on the G.R.E. after two attempts may, with the permission of the Chair of the Department of Art, take ART 6507 Research Topics in Art History: Artists, or ART 6508 Research Topics in Art History: Periods or Styles successfully in lieu of the G.R.E. score requirement.
  3. Students seeking a Class AA Educator License must have met the State minimum scores on the three sections of the Praxis I PPST (Reading–170; Writing–172; Mathematics–169) or NTE Core Battery (Communication Skills–651; General Knowledge–646; Professional Knowledge–649) or PPST (Reading–170; Writing_172; Mathematics–169) or CBT (Reading–316; Writing–318; Mathematics–314). 
  4. Students interested in the Master of Fine Arts degree should complete the Application for Graduate Admission form and return it to the Graduate Office. 
  5. Enclose a $30.00 application fee.
  6. Have one official copy of all transcripts sent directly to the Graduate Office.
  7. If the applicant has not taken the GRE examination, make arrangements to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and have the scores directed to the Graduate Office. A combined score of 850 on the verbal and quantitative parts of the GRE or a score of at least 450 on either part and a score of 2.5 on the Writing Assessment Test of the GRE General Examination is required. The Department of Art may exercise discretion for students who score between 800 and 940 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE and have at least a 3.5 undergraduate GPA. Students will be allowed to register for graduate classes for one semester or summer session without having the test score on file.
  8. Students pursuing a graduate degree for the purpose of obtaining a standard AA educator license are required to submit a copy of the appropriate VALID Mississippi standard A educator license along with the application.
  9. Enclose a slide portfolio that reflects proficiency and preparation for graduate study in studio art including painting, and drawing, and, for three-dimensional studies, sculpture or ceramics. The portfolio should consist of a maximum of 20 slides inserted into a plastic protector sheet. ACD of 20 artworks may be substituted for the slides. The CD must be labeled with the applicant’s name and address. This portfolio must be approved by appointed graduate art faculty for the applicant to receive regular admission.
  10. Submit a resume.
  11. Submit a formal statement of intent of 200-500 words setting forth a personal philosophy and professional objectives for the degree. The statement must be typed, on a separate sheet which includes the candidate’s name.
  12. Complete an interview with the Graduate Coordinator or graduate faculty as designated by the Chair of the Art Department. 

A foreign language is not required for the Master of Fine Arts degree.

International Student Admissions

The following exceptions to admissions procedures of Mississippi College may be made for international students applying for the Master of Fine Arts:

1. The GRE score is required by the Graduate School but regular admission may be granted without the GRE score. The GRE test must be taken by international students prior to earning six semester hours of graduate credit. Failure to obtain the necessary GRE scores as required by the Graduate School will result in termination of the student’s regular admission status.

2. The interview may take place upon arrival at Mississippi College. 

Scholarships for Graduate Candidates: 

The Department of Art offers a limited number of scholarships for MFA candidates. Contact the Mississippi College Department of Art for details. 

Additional scholarships and loans are available. For more information, please contact the Graduate Office or the Financial Aid Office. 

Click here to download the graduate Art Department Scholarship application

Requirements of the Master of Fine Arts Program

Aminimum of 60 hours of graduate work in art is required in either two-dimensional or three-dimensional concentration, selected in consultation with the graduate coordinator and the area coordinator for the studio discipline and approved by the Chair of the Department of Art. The members of the graduate art faculty may also suggest changes to the program or ask for changes to be voted on by the graduate art faculty: 

All Master of Fine Arts candidates must take the following courses:

ART 6507 Research Topics in Art History: Artists 3 sem. hrs.

ART 6508 Research Topics in Art History: Periods or Styles 3 sem. hrs.

Candidates must complete six hours of Studio Thesis: ART 6563 and ART 6564. The thesis for the Master of Fine Arts degree is a studio and written project which proves that the candidate for the degree is capable of solving a creative problem in visual art at a professional level with adequate scope, and is also capable of scholarly research and writing which states, supports, and analyzes the creative problem along with historical and critical perspectives applicable to the creative problem. The Thesis consists of both studio and written components which are interdependent. The Thesis Research Director, who is responsible for teaching ART 6563 Studio Thesis I and ART 6564 Studio Thesis II, will serve as the chair of the student’s committee along with Studio Research Faculty as appointed by the Chair of the Department of Art. The Thesis is offered only as a fall/spring sequence. Those not taking Studio Thesis I in the fall semester will be unable to begin the thesis in the following spring and will therefore begin the thesis in another fall/spring cycle. Students who do not complete the studio thesis at the conclusion of ART 6564 Studio Thesis II must take ART 6565 Studio Thesis III (1 semester hour) in each subsequent fall and spring semester until the thesis is completed. 

Transfer Credit 

A student may transfer a maximum of 12 hours of graduate credit from another regionally accredited college or university. Only courses in which the student received the grade of B or higher may be transferred. All transfer credits will be subject to approval by the art faculty. 

Mississippi College graduate students currently enrolled in either the Master of Arts or Master of Education (with emphasis in Art) degree programs may transfer a maximum of 30 resident art graduate hours in the MFA degree program. Mississippi College alumni with either a Master of Arts degree or a Master of Education in Art Education degree may transfer a maximum of 30 resident hours of graduate art into the MFA program with approval of the Chair of the Department of Art. All other conditions and requirements outlined by the Graduate School concerning transfer credit must be observed. Refer to the General Requirements for Graduation in the graduate catalog at http://www.mc.edu/resources/publications/catalogs.php

Master of Fine Arts Program of Study 

Option 1: Master of Fine Arts in Two-Dimensional Studio

60 semester hours of graduate credit in art in a program of studies to be approved by the graduate art faculty, to include: 

A. Core Courses (12 semester hours)
ART 6507 Research Topics in Art History: Artists 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6508 Research Topics in Art History: Periods or Styles 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6563 Studio Thesis I 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6564 Studio Thesis II 3 sem. hrs.

ART 6563 Studio Thesis I and ART 6564 Studio Thesis II (6 hrs.) required. Students who do not complete the studio thesis at the conclusion of ART 6564 Studio Thesis II must take ART 6565 Studio Thesis III (1 semester hour) in each subsequent fall and spring semester until the thesis is completed.

 

B. Two-dimensional Studio Concentration

30 semester hours of two-dimensional studio courses as approved by the graduate art faculty from the following:

 
ART 5203 Graduate Perspective Drawing 3 sem. hrs.
ART 5204 Graduate Figure Drawing 3 sem. hrs.
ART 5305 Computer Illustration 3 sem. hrs.
ART 5318 Graduate Printmaking: Non-Figurative 3 sem. hrs.
ART 5319 Graduate Printmaking: Figurative 3 sem. hrs.
ART 5403 Illustration 3 sem. hrs.
ART 5411 Pastel Painting: Non-Figurative 3 sem. hrs.
ART 5412 Pastel Painting: Figurative 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6411 Special Projects in Pastel I 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6412 Special Projects in Pastel II 3 sem. hrs.
ART 5415 Graduate Graphic Design I 3 sem. hrs.
ART 5416 Graduate Graphic Design II 3 sem. hrs.
ART 5421, 5422 Special Projects 3 sem. hrs.
ART 5434 Sculptural Techniques in Papermaking 3 sem. hrs.
ART 5474 Professional Internship 3 sem. hrs.
ART 5481 Graduate Photography 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6101 Graduate Design 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6117 Communicating the Gospel Through Art 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6318 Special Projects in Printmaking I 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6319 Special Projects in Printmaking II 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6511 Watercolor Painting: Non-Figurative 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6512 Watercolor Painting: Figurative 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6523 Special Projects in Watercolor I 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6524 Special Projects in Watercolor II 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6513 Oils/Acrylics Painting: Non-Figurative 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6514 Oils/Acrylics Painting: Figurative 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6543 Special Projects in Oil/Acrylic Painting I 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6544 Special Projects in Oil/Acrylic Painting II 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6591, 6592, 6593 Field Studies 1, 2, or
3 sem. hrs. respectively
C. Approved elective graduate courses in art 18 sem. hrs.

Option 2: Master of Fine Arts in Three-Dimensional Studio

60 semester hours of graduate credit in art in a program of studies to be approved by the graduate art faculty, to include:

A. Core Courses (12 semester hours)
ART 6507 Research Topics in Art History: Artists 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6508 Research Topics in Art History: Periods or Styles 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6563 Studio Thesis I 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6564 Studio Thesis II 3 sem. hrs.

B. Three-dimensional Studio Concentration

30 semester hours of three-dimensional studio courses as approved by the graduate art faculty from the following:

 
ART 5421, 5422 Special Projects 3 sem. hrs.
ART 5431 Graduate Sculpture I 3 sem. hrs.
ART 5432 Graduate Sculpture II 3 sem. hrs.
ART 5434 Sculptural Techniques in Papermaking 3 sem. hrs.
ART 5451 Ceramics: Glaze Formulation 3 sem. hrs.
ART 5452 Ceramics: Wheel Throwing 3 sem. hrs.
ART 5474 Professional Internship 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6431 Graduate Sculpture III 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6432 Graduate Sculpture IV 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6433-6434 Special Projects in Sculpture 6 sem. hrs.
ART 6551 Ceramics: Hand-Built Methods 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6552 Ceramics: Surface Enrichment 3 sem. hrs.
ART 6553-6554 Special Projects in Ceramics 6 sem. hrs.
ART 6591, 6592, 6593 Field Studies 1, 2, or
3 sem. hrs. respectively
C. Approved elective graduate courses in art 18 sem. hrs.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Art

The Department of Art offers the Master of Arts degree in studio art, which includes studies in two-dimensional arts such as painting and drawing, and the three-dimensional arts including sculptures and ceramics. There is no Master of Arts degree in the areas of applied design such as graphic design or interior design. Please refer to the Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design for graduate work in that area. A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work is required for the M.A. degree. All candidates for the M.A. must:1. Meet the undergraduate course requirements for admission to the graduate program in art:

Also required are:

2. GRE Requirement: Acombined score of 850 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE or a score of at least 450 on either section and a score of 2.5 on the Writing Assessment Test of the GRE General Examination is required for most graduate programs. The Department of Art may exercise discretion for students who score between 800 and 840 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE and have at least a 3.5 undergraduate GPA. Students in an M.A. program who have not obtained the necessary scores on the G.R.E. after two attempts may, with the permission of the Chair of the Department of Art, take ART 6507 Research Topics in Art History: Artists, or ART 6508 Research Topics in Art History: Periods or Styles successfully in lieu of the G.R.E. score requirement. Students lacking the GRE examination can receive only provisional admission. The GRE test must be taken prior to earning six semester hours of graduate credit. Failure to obtain the necessary GRE scores as required by the Graduate School will result in termination of the student’s provisional admission status unless the student has completed ART 6507 Research Topics in Art History: Artists, or ART 6508 Research Topics in Art History: Periods or Styles successfully in lieu of the G.R.E. score requirement.3. Have 12 semester hours (or 2 high school credits plus Intermediate Level at university level) of course work in a foreign language before admission to candidacy. Another option available to satisfy the language requirement is submitting acceptable score-levels showing second-year proficiency on the CLEP (College – Level Examination Program) in French, German or Spanish. Contact the Counseling and Testing Center for CLEP information and registration material. A student may attempt the CLEP twice; and if after two testings, a satisfactory score has not been made, a locally-administered test may be arranged. If a satisfactory score has not been made after the locally-administered exam, the foreign language requirement must be met by passing the intermediate-level language course(s). Cost of the locally-administered exam is $30.00. The language requirement must be met before a student accumulates twelve semester hours of graduate course work toward the Master of Arts degree.International Student AdmissionsThe following exceptions to admissions procedures of Mississippi College may be made for international students applying for graduate study for the Master of Arts in Art:1. The GRE (Graduate Records Examination) score is required by the Graduate School but regular admission may be granted to international students without the GRE score. The GRE test must be taken prior to earning twelve semester hours of graduate credit. Students in an M.A. program who have not obtained the necessary scores on the G.R.E. after two attempts may, with the permission of the Chair of the Department of Art, take ART 6507 Research Topics in Art History: Artists, or ART 6508 Research Topics in Art History: Periods or Styles successfully in lieu of the G.R.E. score requirement. Failure to obtain the necessary GRE scores as required by the Graduate School or credit for ART 6507 or ART 6508, will result in termination of the student’s program.2. The interview may take place upon arrival at Mississippi College.Master of Arts in Art (M.A.) Program of StudiesA minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work:MA candidates must complete the following course requirements:1. Nine semester hours from the following list of core courses:

2. Twenty-one semester hours in either two-dimensional or three-dimensional concentration, selected in consultation with the graduate coordinator and the area coordinator for the studio discipline and approved by the Chair of the Department of Art. The members of the graduate art faculty may also suggest changes to the program or ask for changes to be voted on by the graduate art faculty.3. Upon completion of the program of studies, the Master of Arts candidate shall exhibit artwork demonstrating competence in the studio concentration. The candidate is required to pass an oral comprehensive examination at which time artwork will be presented.Master of Education (M.Ed.) in ArtPlease note that this description is in the Department of Teacher Education and Leadership section of the Mississippi College Graduate Catalog at http://www.mc.edu/resources/publications/catalogs.php.Applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree in art (or 45 semester hours of art) and shall have had six semester hours of art history, and hold or qualify to hold a standard educator license in the State of Mississippi to be considered for admission. Applicants must present a portfolio or slides or digital images of representative art work, a resume, a statement of purpose setting forth a personal philosophy and professional objectives, and be interviewed as required by the Department of Art and approved for a recommendation for admission by the art faculty. Students must maintain a 3.00 grade average. At least 50 percent of courses for the degree must be 6000 level.1. Six semester hours of graduate credit in professional art education core courses:

2. Nine semester hours of elective professional education core courses selected from the following:

3. Fifteen semester hours of studio work in art in the areas of painting, ceramics, sculpture, and special studio selected in consultation with the major art professor. Student must have a concentration of nine semester hours in one of these areas. Six of these may be earned in ART 6563 Thesis I and ART 6564 Thesis II.4. In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the M.Ed.-Art must satisfactorily complete comprehensive exams with a supporting exhibit. If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the oral examination may be retaken once in the following semester or summer term.

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