Art and Art History

Interim Department Head

Professor Cora Lynn Deibler


Dancy, Deibler, Givens, Machida, Myers, Oguibe, and Thorpe

Associate Professor

Bock, D’Alleva, Dennis, DiCapua, Greeley, Hagen, Noelker, Orwicz, Pritchard, Rosenberg, Sloan, Yegir, and Zurolo

Assistant Professor

Boylan, Geng, O’Donnell, Paul

Emeritus Professor

Craig, Mazzocca, Talvacchia

The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

The Master of Fine Arts degree, a terminal degree for studio artists, requires a minimum of three years study in residence. Graduate level studio work for the serious artist is desirable to enable intensive aesthetic experimentation assisted by the guidance of established professional artists. As a result of such experience, a student is expected to complete a body of art significant in content and of professional quality. Students develop a plan of study in consultation with a major advisor and advisory committee. While the program emphasizes individualized studies concentrating on and combining studio art in such areas as ceramics, drawing, painting, installation/performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video, there are courses that also enable students to engage other resources of the Department of Art and Art History and the University community.


Students are admitted to begin study in the fall semester only. Applicants for the M.F.A. degree must first meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School as specified in this Catalog. Consideration for admission also requires submission of the following to the Department of Art and Art History: (1) examples of recent original art presented digitally; (2) three letters of recommendation; (3) a personal letter of application also submitted online; (4) official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate level studies. The principal criterion for admitting applicants into the M.F.A. program is the quality of the artwork submitted and the potential for graduate level development it suggests. Applicants are not required to take the Graduate Record Examinations or the Miller Analogies Test.

Plan of Study

Students establish their own direction and goals in consultation with a major advisor and an advisory committee. After such consultation, the plan of study is completed for the approval of the student’s advisory committee. Candidates for the M.F.A. are required to complete a minimum of 60 credits of graduate course work. This total typically includes 39 credits of graduate studio art distributed as follows: 21 credits in an area of major emphasis, 12 credits outside the area of major emphasis, and 6 credits of M.F.A. project. An additional 15 credits are to be taken in non-studio graduate art courses and are distributed as follows: 9 credits of graduate art seminar, 3 credits in studio art instruction and curriculum planning, 3 credits in modern and contemporary issues in art, and 6 credits of special topics in art history. When deemed appropriate by the advisory committee, additional credits in advanced studio or art history may be required of students whose undergraduate backgrounds are deficient in these areas.

M.F.A. Project

Reserved for the last semester of study after candidacy review, the M.F.A. project requires accomplishment of a body of studio work culminating in a substantial exhibition for public viewing, supported by a written statement, public presentation, and a digital photographic portfolio. Each candidate presents to the advisory committee an oral defense of the completed body of studio work and the written statement. The exhibition emphasizes work resulting from the M.F.A. project and courses taken in the final year of study. A public presentation is required in conjunction with the exhibition. The digital photographic portfolio, which is to include each work in the exhibition, and the candidate’s written statement should be prepared in duplicate for retention in the Department of Art and Art History and in the Art and Design Division of the Homer Babbidge Library.

Scholastic Standards

The advisory committee evaluates the student’s program whenever a grade of C or lower is recorded for a graduate course. Progress in all courses is monitored by the advisory committee, particularly if a student’s cumulative grade point average falls below 3.00 at any time during the course of study. The M.F.A. is not conferred unless the candidate maintains a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 in all course work.

Special Facilities

Outside the university, our graduates gain hands-on experience in museum and curatorial work through internships arranged with an array of regional museums, arts centers, historical societies, private collections, and art galleries throughout Connecticut, as well as in Boston and New York City. Located on the main campus is the William Benton Museum of Art and within two hours of driving time from Storrs are the Wadsworth Athenaeum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Worcester Art Museum, Yale Art Galleries, Lyman Allyn Museum, Slater Museum, and other notable museums and public collections. New York City is just under three hours travel time from the University campus.

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