Montana State University

School of Art

School of Art

213 Haynes Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3680
406-994-4501

www.montana.edu/art/
art@montana.edu

Director

Vaughan Judge
vaughan.judge@montana.edu

Professors

    • J. Conger; graphic design
    • S. Newman; graphic design

Associate Professors

    • G. Janzen; printmaking
    • R. Gee; art history
    • T. Larkin; art history
    • S. Mast; foundations/painting

Assistant Professors

    • D. Adams; foundations/ceramics
    • R. Beamish; painting/drawing
    • N. Davis; graphic design
    • J. DeWeese; ceramics
    • J. Hatch; ceramics
    • M. Newhouse; graphic design

Adjunct Professors

    • B. Petersen; metalsmithing
    • D. Reibe; foundations
    • D. Taylor; art history

Degrees Offered

M. of Fine Art

The School of Art, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, offers a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. The MFA degree requires 60 credits of coursework including a minimum of 15 credits of thesis. This degree is designed for the professional artist or craftsperson including those who plan to teach art at the college level, with specialization in the following areas: drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and metalsmithing. The School of Art does not offer a MFA degree in either graphic design or photography. The School of Art no longer requires the GRE for entrance

Admission

Students applying to the School of Art should submit a portfolio of 20 digital images in jpg format on a cd(preferred), application, official transcripts, artist statement, current resume and three letters of recommendation, along with a statement if you wish to apply for a teaching assistantship. Completed applications for the following academic year must be received by February 15.

Qualified students may be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies on a regular or provisional basis. Provisional acceptance is usually based on undergraduate deficiencies.

Program Requirements

Major Studio area 15 credits
Other Studio area(s) 15 credits
Art History (to include ARTH 451) 9 credits
Thesis 15 credits
Seminar in Art 6 credits
Total 60

Each student's progress is reviewed by the School of Art faculty at the end of fall and spring semesters with special emphasis being given to students in their first semester of residence and students beginning their thesis work. Passing of these reviews is required for a student to be considered a degree candidate. Students registered in thesis then work with their committees.

Financial Assistance

Limited numbers of graduate teaching assistantships are usually available within the School of Art and are awarded on a competitive basis to formally admitted graduate students. See the Graduate Assistantships sections for detailed information on appointment criteria. Assistantships are requested from the student's home department.

M.of Art in Art History

Admission

The M.A. Program welcomes applications from all those interested in seeking an advanced degree in Art History. Approximately eight students are accepted each year to a thirty-two unit program that emphasizes focused study of cultural production from ancient times to the present and interdisciplinary connections with collateral departments in the Colleges of Arts & Architecture and Letters and Sciences. Art History faculty meet twice a year to read and assess applications, with a particular sensitivity to the students’ work and professional goals.

All materials must be postmarked by March 15 (Fall deadline) and October 15 (Spring deadline) for full consideration. In addition to completing the application and paying the application fee, candidates for admission to the Art History M.A. Program must send a letter of intent, one writing sample, undergraduate transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation. International applicants must also include an official English proficiency exam score report and a completed and signed Financial Certificate.

The faculty consider the letter of intent and the writing sample to be among the most important parts of the application. The letter should describe your preparation for the program, academic interests, and professional goals. The most useful statements are those that present an intellectual portrait of the applicant, an account of the issues the applicant now finds engaging, and the program of study the candidate envisions for him/herself at MSU. The writing sample should be a substantial essay, ideally a seminar paper or senior thesis, that demonstrates the candidate’s potential for advanced work in the discipline.

Program Requirements

5 Required Core Courses 15 credits
2 Elective Courses 6 credits
1 Methods & Theory Course 3 credits
1 Foreign Language Course 3 credits
1 Graduate Teaching Course 2 credits
1 Thesis Preparation Course 3 credits
Minimum Total 32 credits

All graduate students must take Art History 501: Graduate Teaching; Art History 506: Methods and Theory; and Art History 590: Thesis Preparation.

In addition to the courses listed above, graduate students will select 5 courses, of which 3 must be 500-level graduate art history seminars, and 2 must be 400-level upper division undergraduate art history lectures in which the student will be required to complete supplementary readings, write advanced comparative analyses of articles, and complete a rigorous research project. Students will also select 2 elective courses at the 500-level taught in other departments in the humanities (e.g. History and Philosophy, English).

After passing an exam in foreign language translation during the first semester, students must complete one additional semester of language translation appropriate to their area of concentration (offerings to be determined by the Department of Modern Languages).

Mastery of the discipline will be determined by 1. a record of excellence in all courses taken within the graduate program and 2. a well-written, well-argued thesis.

Financial Assistance

Limited numbers of graduate teaching assistantships are usually available within the School of Art and are awarded on a competitive basis to formally admitted graduate students. See the Graduate Assistantships sections for detailed information on appointment criteria. Assistantships are requested from the student's home department.

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