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Master of Arts in Studio Art

This unique and flexible graduate-level program enables you to tailor your graduate degree to meet your own artistic goals. Concentrations are available in ceramics, computer arts, drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture.

Course Details:

  • 15 credit hours in one concentration area
  • 9 credit hours in a secondary concentration area
  • 6 credit hours in art history/aesthetics
  • 3 credit hours for the thesis

Program Outline

Curriculum Plan

All courses are three credit hours, unless stated otherwise.

  • ART 500 Continuing Education in the Arts
    • This course allows students to continue their education in the arts without enrolling in a degree program. The specific topics taught in this course vary and may include workshops in digital photography, sculpture, and watercolor. This course counts toward Continuing Education Units for teacher recertification. It is not applicable toward the M.A. in Studio Art degree.
  • ART 501 Drawing
    • Introduction to graduate drawing; exploring media, researching content, and developing personal style.
  • ART 502-505 Advanced Drawing
    • Advanced drawing, stressing individual problem solving. The student will be expected to design his/her personal curriculum with the approval of the instructor or attend regularly scheduled classes with advanced course syllabi. Each course will be of increasing complexity and proficiency.
  • ART 506 Digital Imaging
    • An introductory study of digital imaging processes and techniques in both the visual and commercial arts. Computer imagery will be generated using interactive processing software. Students will study photo manipulation, retouching, etc., in single and multiple color images. Prerequisite: ART 550 or instructor’s permission
  • ART 508 Computer Graphics
    • A design class dealing with computer illustration utilizing current vector software. Designs will utilize type, illustration, space, and color. Course work will include the design of corporate logos, book and editorial illustrations, etc. Both Macintosh and PC platforms are taught.
  • ART 509 Desktop Publishing
    • A course which deals with the complexities of computer design and the layout of various real-world graphics arts print projects using current layout software on both PC and Macintosh platforms. Design emphasis on utilization of type, photography, space, and color. Course work will include design and layout of various ads, brochures, etc.
  • ART 510 Painting
    • Pictorial composition involving problems of form, theme and techniques. Students will explore and utilize the painting media best suited for their creative endeavors.
  • ART 511-514 Advanced Painting
    • Advanced painting, stressing individual problem solving. The student will be expected to design his/her personal curriculum with the approval of the instructor or attend regularly scheduled classes with advanced course syllabi. Each course will be of increasing complexity and proficiency.
  • ART 515 Interactive Multimedia Presentations
    • Study of interactive multimedia presentations. Combining text, graphics, music, speech, and animation with various electronic devices. Utilizing multimedia computer technology to create interactive presentational works of art. Prerequisite: ART 506, 508
  • ART 516 Publication And Design In Internet
    • An introduction to the World Wide Web and the creation of websites and home pages. Prerequisites: ART 506, 508
  • ART 517 Introduction To 3/D Computer Animation
    • A comprehensive overview of the 3/D computer animation production process and hands-on experience of creating 3/D models with surface control. Principles and processes to be discussed include storyboarding, modeling, camera lighting, surface control, motion scripting and rendering. Prerequisites: ART 506, 508
  • ART 518 Advanced 3/D Computer Animation
    • Advanced techniques in modeling, animation, and rendering. Movements of objects, actors, and cameras along with animated effects of attributes will be demonstrated and discussed. Prerequisites: ART 506, 508, 517
  • ART 520 Printmaking
    • Study and use of printmaking including relief, woodcuts, lithography, and intaglio. With approval of instructor, student may concentrate in one of the three processes. Prerequisite: ART 501
  • ART 521-524 Advanced Printmaking
    • Advanced printmaking, stressing individual problem solving. The student will be expected to design his/her personal curriculum with the approval of the instructor or attend regularly scheduled classes with advanced course syllabi. Each course will be of increasing complexity and proficiency. Prerequisites: ART 501, 520
  • ART 530 Sculpture
    • The exploration of fundamental principles of sculptural forms. Technical methods considered will be additive, subtractive, manipulation, and substitution. Aesthetics, content and historical precedents will also be studied.
  • ART 531-534 Advanced Sculpture
    • Advanced sculpture, stressing individual problem solving. The student will be expected to design his/her personal curriculum with the approval of the instructor or attend regularly scheduled classes with advanced course syllabi. Each course will be of increasing complexity and proficiency. Prerequisite: ART 530
  • ART 535 Metalcraft
    • The construction, decoration and finishing processes for metal. Relation of physical nature of metal, potential of tools and function of piece of metalwork. Use of silver, copper and inexpensive metals.
  • ART 536-537 Advanced Metalcraft
    • Advanced metalcraft, stressing individual problem solving. The student will be expected to design his/her personal curriculum with the approval of the instructor or attend regularly scheduled classes with advanced course syllabi. Each course will be of increasing complexity and proficiency. Prerequisite: ART 535
  • ART 540 Ceramics
    • Techniques of forming clay by wheel and hand-built methods; glazing and firing. Emphasis on the creative possibilities of this craft.
  • ART 541-544 Advanced Ceramics
    • Advanced ceramics, stressing individual problem solving. The student will be expected to design his/her personal curriculum with the approval of the instructor or attend regularly scheduled classes with advanced course syllabi. Each course will be of increasing complexity and proficiency. Prerequisite: ART 540
  • ART 550 Photography
    • Advanced principles of photographic processes, with emphasis on self-expression through visual interpretation. Creation, development and composition of the photograph; darkroom techniques.
  • ART 551-554 Advanced Photography
    • Advanced photography, stressing individual problem solving. The student will be expected to design his/her personal curriculum with the approval of the instructor or attend regularly scheduled classes with advanced course syllabi. Each course will be of increasing complexity and proficiency. Prerequisite: ART 550
  • ART 555 Advanced Rendering
    • Study of advanced rendering techniques using industry standard renderers. Create custom shaders and develop an understanding of the rendering process. Prerequisites: ART 517, or by instructor’s approval
  • ART 557 Character Modeling/Puppet/Animation
    • Create highly articulated models for animation. Study the use of rigid and smooth skinning, envelope weighting, flexors, lattices, non-linear and sculpt deformers. Prerequisite: ART 518.
  • ART 558 Short-Form Compositing With Composer
    • Compositing of computer-generated elements with live action footage to create photo-realistic effects, as well as motion graphics and titling. Prerequisite: ART 518
  • ART 559 FX Animation-Particles And Dynamics
    • This course will allow students to study the use of particle effects for creating smoke, fire, dust, sparks and other elements. Also, students will use the dynamic functions for collision detection, wind and gravity effects. Prerequisite: ART 518
  • ART 560 Art History/Aesthetics I
    • Individually planned by the student’s advisor and the student. Emphasis is on the student’s own needs and interest in art history, art criticism, and/or aesthetics.
  • ART 561 Art History/Aesthetics II
    • Individually planned by the student’s advisor and the student. Emphasis is on the student’s own needs and interest in art history, art criticism, and/or aesthetics.
  • ART 562 Introduction to Research Methods in Contemporary Art
    • This course is an introduction to theory, methodology, and research focusing on art history of the contemporary period from 1945 to the present.
  • ART 566 Interactive Internet
    • Explore the study of interactivity for use on the Internet. Design principles and discussion of the uses of interactive technologies now and in the future. Prerequisite: ART 508
  • ART 570 Art Thesis
    • A thesis will be written in this course, the topic and length of which will be decided by the student’s art advisor and the student. The final paper will be delivered orally to a group meeting of art faculty and art student body. NOTE: Failure to complete a thesis within the term registered will require registering for USF 500 Thesis Completion.
  • ART 590 Directed Study
    • Individualized study of an academic area of interest for which the student has an adequate background.
  • Prerequisite: major or minor in art at undergraduate level, or permission of program director.

Perks of the Master of Arts in Studio Art degree:

  • You will work one-on-one with qualified faculty.
  • Most courses can be taken independently with only periodic visits to campus.
  • You will participate in two group critiques per semester.
  • You will show your work in a USF graduate student art show upon completion of coursework.
  • Individual studio space is available.

Upon completion of the program, you will have developed:

  • Technical mastery in your studio major and the ability to explore the creative possibilities of your chosen medium
  • Technical competence in your supporting area and an understanding of its creative possibilities
  • The ability to compose a clearly articulated artistic philosophy, which includes an understanding of the relationship between the form and content of art
  • The ability to evaluate critically the formal and expressive elements of works of art and to situate works of art in their historical and theoretical context
  • The ability to work independently and make effective artistic judgments, culminating in the creation of a final project to be reviewed by faculty
  • Professional competence in area of specialization