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Art and Design

School of Art, Architecture + Design
College of Arts and Sciences

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(Please note that when conferring University Graduate School degrees, minors, certificates, and sub-plans, The University Graduate School’s staff use those requirements contained only in The University Graduate School Bulletin.)



Degrees Offered

Master of Fine Arts (Studio), Master of Science (Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design), Master of Architecture

Special School Requirements

(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)

Master of Fine Arts Degree (Studio)

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree with a fine arts major in studio courses or a B.A. in another field with substantial coursework in studio art. A portfolio of work (color slides or a CD of images – refer to area requirements) showing a high degree of skill and creativ­ity. Fall admission only.


A grade point average of 3.0 (B) must be maintained.

Course Requirements

A total of 60 credit hours at the graduate level, with emphasis in one chosen area of studio work. Only those courses listed in this bulletin have been approved for graduate credit. The distribution of course work, including art history courses where appropriate, to be determined in consultation with the stu­dent’s major advisor.

The areas of study in studio work are painting, graphic design, digital imagery, jewelry design and metalsmithing, sculpture, digital art, printmaking, ceramics, fibers, and photography.


An exhibition of a group of works of art in the chosen studio area preceded by an oral qualifying examination, which will be given at least one semester before the exhibition. The qualify­ing examinations are designed to test the ability of students to speak articulately about the ideas and directions of their work, their ability to express themselves clearly in analyzing other works of art, and their general knowledge of the history of art.

Periodic Review

Student’s eligibility to continue in the M.F.A. program will be subject to a periodic review of their progress.


This degree requires a minimum residency of two to three aca­demic years to be determined in consultation with the advising faculty. Summer residency will not be counted in the fulfillment of this requirement.

Master of Science (Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design)

Special Departmental Requirements

(See also general University Graduate School requirements). 

Admission Requirements

All Students

Minimum of 160 on the verbal section and on at least one other section of the Graduate Record Examination General Test. Minimum undergraduate GPA equivalent to 3.0 on 4.0 scale.

Foreign Students

Minimum of 573 (paper) or 230 (electronic) or 88-89 (internet) on the Test of Eng­lish as a Foreign Language.

Apparel Studies

Eighteen semester hours of undergraduate credit in apparel studies and/or a related field (e.g., economics), 9 of which must be at the junior or senior level.

Design Studies

Baccalaureate from a CIDA- (interior design) or NAAB- (archi­tecture) accredited program and a portfolio of original work in interior design and/or architecture.

Course Requirements

Apparel Studies

A minimum of 34 credit hours, to include H550, a 3-credit semi­nar or readings course in area of concentration; H598 Research, H599 Thesis, or H597 Project (if project is selected, a total of 37 credit hours is required); and a graduate course in statistics.

Design Studies

A minimum of 34 credit hours, to include H550, H568, H573, H598 Research, H599 Thesis, a graduate course in statistics, and 12 credits in one or two related area(s). H597 Project is not available to graduate students in interior design.

Fields of Study

Individualized programs are available in two different areas: apparel studies (including the fields of merchandising, fashion history, and dress studies); and interior design.

Final Examination

Oral defense of the thesis; for those not electing thesis (apparel studies candidates only), a comprehensive written examination.

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