Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art
The MFA in Visual Art program is a terminal degree that seeks to cultivate the entire person, motivating students to achieve their highest possible level of development and articulation through their art. Through intensive faculty-student mentoring relationships, students also study the principles of art production, examining the function of materials, process, historical precedents, social context and interaction, audience, and expected response.
APU’s 37-month MFA program accommodates the working artist/educator by requiring students to be on campus for only four consecutive Julys and one weekend in January over three years. During the one-month periods on campus, students advance with the same cohort for the MFA program duration, learning and growing together. Additionally, during this on-site time, students partner with MFA professors, visiting artists, and speakers who serve as artist mentors, pushing and encouraging students to explore and develop beyond their current aesthetic and stylistic positions.
Individual studio time comprises an essential aspect of the program and offers the opportunity to retreat and augment on-campus interaction (e.g., classroom instruction, guest lectures, peer reviews, mentor direction, and critiques) and emerge with a cohesive and thoughtful perspective on art and faith. Through the consistency that studio time provides, students cultivate the discipline that lays the groundwork for excellence and inspiration. Ultimately, students graduate as artists who naturally integrate their art-making with the major facets of their lives.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete this program are able to:
PLO 1: Engage in and contribute toward problems/questions of relevance within the contemporary art world.
PLO 2: Develop advanced research skills and products.
PLO 3: Display an understanding of worldviews and religious issues in relation to the visual arts.
PLO 4: Understand the professional art world, academic context, and personal aspirations.
PLO 5: Prepare to engage in professional exhibitions, conferences, presentations, and publications (function as a working artist).
PLO 6: Pursue serving as an arts educator in an academic context.
|ART 501||Integration: Theory and Practice I||2|
|ART 510||Introduction to Graduate Studies/Critical Issues in Art I||2|
|ART 530||Graduate Studio: Special Topics I||2|
|ART 590||Independent Studio||5|
|ART 591||Independent Studio||4|
|ART 502||Integration: Theory and Practice II||2|
|ART 520||Critical Issues in Art II||2|
|ART 540||Graduate Studio: Special Topics II||2|
|ART 592||Independent Studio||5|
|ART 593||Independent Studio||4|
|ART 601||Integration: Theory and Practice III||2|
|ART 610||Critical Issues in Art III||2|
|ART 690||Creative Work Project||2|
|ART 594||Independent Studio||5|
|ART 595||Independent Studio||4|
|ART 602||Integration: Theory and Practice IV||3|
|ART 620||Critical Issues in Art IV||3|
|ART 695||Exhibition Preparation||3|
Students must complete at least 33 semester units in residence at Azusa Pacific University. Courses are scheduled so that the program can be completed during three years and four summers. Classes, critiques, and workshops are held throughout three and a half weeks in July and one weekend in January—these residencies are required, with no exceptions. A maximum of eight years is allowed for completion of the degree.
A 3.0 grade-point average (GPA) is considered satisfactory progress in the MFA program. In the event that the student’s GPA drops below the minimum 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation and given one enrollment period to raise it to the satisfactory level.