Sep 25, 2021
Major in Art
(Major Code: 5201)
M.A. Degree Requirements
(See general and degree requirements below.)
The M.A. degree in art is a 36 credit hour non-thesis degree intended for generalists who wish to further develop and expand their artistic skills and knowledge. The degree requires some residency. For those students seeking involved studies in studio art, please consult the M.F.A. degree in studio art. The M.A. and M.F.A. are separate degrees, and therefore students should, with the advice of art faculty, choose the appropriate degree for their professional plans.
Standard Undergraduate Requirements
Students should not apply to the M.A. degree program in art unless they have completed a minimum of 24 undergraduate hours in art at an accredited institution. Applicants who do not meet this requirement should contact an undergraduate adviser for information on an undergraduate degree in art.
Admission and Application Requirements
Prospective M.A. degree in art students must apply to and be accepted by all of the following:
- Office of Admissions (application and transcript approval);
- Graduate School, (application and graduate status approval); and
- Art Program.
Steps for Art Program Admission
- Submit a digital portfolio consisting of 20 images of your artwork,
- Submit a letter of artistic intent for M.A. studies and
- Submit copies of all undergraduate transcripts.
Each application will be reviewed by the graduate art faculty. Program admission is granted upon written approval of three full-time graduate art faculty members. Notification of Art Program admission will be mailed or emailed to each applicant.
Send all Art Program materials by Feb. 15 each year to:
Department of Art, Theatre and Dance
WTAMU Box 60747
West Texas A&M University
Canyon, Texas 79016
Attention: Graduate Studies in Art
Students who miss the Feb. 15 deadline need to contact the department at 806-651-2799.
General Information About M.A. Student Status
Students accepted into the M.A. degree program will be reviewed each semester and prior to submission of their individual plan of study. Semester reviews will determine whether each student will remain in the M.A. program, be placed on probation for a semester or dismissed from the program. All graduate students are required to work very closely with their major professor in order to schedule each semester’s review, which will normally take place around Nov. 10 for the fall semester and April 10 for the spring semester. Consult the Art Graduate Student Handbook for more details about semester reviews.
M.A. degree students who are placed on probation will have one semester to complete requirements and/or fulfill expectations.
M.A. Degree (36 semester hours, 21 hours at 6000 level)