Academic Programs of Study
Visual Arts (Clay, Sculpture, Painting, Photography, Printmaking)
- Develop advanced conceptual & technical skills
- Study abroad in Florence, Italy
- For professional artists with intense commitment to their art
The Master of Fine Arts program is designed to provide professional emphasis for persons with an intense commitment to their art who intend to become serious professional artists. Marywood’s MFA in Visual Arts can give you the opportunity to develop your conceptual and technical skills as professional artists. You can build a foundation for further professional growth and increase awareness of your role in contemporary society.
The Marywood M.F.A. program also offers an option for graduate students in the fine arts to complete a portion of their MFA degree requirements by studying in Florence, Italy. This opportunity is offered through collaboration with Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence. For more information, visit the Study Abroad page.
More About This Degree
- Learn more about this program or visit the Visual Arts website.
- College of Arts and Sciences
- Courses: Available courses in this department
- 60 Credit Hours Required
- This program is accredited by the
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
Marywood University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Pamela M. Parsons
Chair, Associate Professor of Art, Area Coordinator - Graduate Painting
Associate Professor of Art, Area Coordinator - Printmaking, Foundations
Assistant Professor of Art, Area Coordinator - Photography
Associate Professor of Graphic Design, Area Coordinator - Graphic Design
Classes are held in the Shields Center for Visual Arts and the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts, both equipped with the latest computers and 80,000 square feet of studio/gallery space.
Marywood’s Art Galleries provide the Marywood community and northeastern Pennsylvania with noteworthy cultural events. The Mahady Contemporary Gallery, located on the first floor, is a spacious and dramatic setting for the display of artwork. The Suraci Gallery, located on the second floor, maintains Marywood’s permanent collection of fine and decorative arts.
The Shields Center for Visual Arts houses the Maslow Collection, which includes over 500 works from 178 artists including prints by noted artists Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauchenber.
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Graduate Admissions Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
- “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
- Completed application
- Official, sealed transcripts
- Two or three letters of recommendation
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3-D (Ceramics, Sculpture), 2-D (Painting, Printmaking, Photography), Graphic Design**, Illustration**)
60 semester hours
I. CORE COURSES
15 semester hours
|ART 600||MFA Seminar||
|ART 642||Art Criticism||
II. VISUAL ARTS CONCENTRATION
30 semester hours
|Chosen from one of the specific studio areas listed above||
**The sequence and schedule of courses for these concentrations differ from the other concentrations, with the majority of the residency being required in the summer and significant work continued during the fall and spring semesters in metropolitan areas. This is a customized delivery system for a 60-credit Master of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Arts with concentrations in Illustration and Graphic Design. It was specifically designed for working art directors, ad designers, illustrators, and teachers of art who have to budget their time and resources carefully, while continuing their full-time occupations. You can continue working at your current job and earn a fully accredited Master of Fine Arts degree at the same time. Interested students should see http://www.marywood.edu/art/graduate-programs/mfa/aboutus.html and contact the Art Department for specific information.
III. STUDIO ELECTIVES
15 semester hours
|Chosen from other graduate level studio courses or practicum offerings||
IV. PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTION
|ART 639 A,B||Thesis Project, Exhibit||
Specific course sequence, etc. can be found in the Art Department's Handbook for Graduate Students. Interested students should contact the department.
As part of the "Get Your Master's with the Masters" MFA Program for Educators and Working Professionals, a low-residency 26-credit Certificate in Sequential Art and Storytelling is offered. By the end of the second Summer, students will produce a publishable full-length graphic novel. In addition, students within the "Get Your Master's with the Masters" Program may choose this line of study with their concurrent program.
|ART 642W||Rendering Ideas||3|
|ART 643W||Conceptual Exercises||3|
|Fall Independent Study:|
|ART 560A||Creative Problem Solving||3.5|
|ART 560B||Creative Problem Solving II||3.5|
|Spring Independent Study:|
|ART 560C||Creative Problem Solving||3.5|
|ART 560D||Creative Problem Solving II||3.5|
|ART 644W||The Children's Book||3|
|ART 646W||Communication Concepts||3|
With Opportunity for Study in Florence, Italy
Marywood/SACI MFA Option
The Marywood M.F.A. program offers an option for graduate students in the fine arts to complete a portion of their M.F.A. degree requirements by studying in Florence, Italy. This opportunity is offered through collaboration with Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence. The Marywood/SACI option offers a traditional M.F.A. from Marywood University in Visual Arts, but with a separate eighteen-credit track of study available from SACI in the disciplines of Ceramics, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. The 60 credit hours of this M.F.A. option are distributed as follows:
Semester I (Fall) = 12-15 credits at Marywood
Semester II (Spring) = 12 credits at SACI
Summer Sessions (Late Spring) = 6 credits at SACI
Semesters III and IV (Fall & Spring) = 27-30 credits at Marywood
Of the 18 credits taken at SACI, 9 credits may be in the student's area of concentration, and 3 credits may be in Art History. The remaining SACI credits will be studio electives which can be selected from a full range of offerings including: Drawing, Painting, Fresco, Etching, Lithography, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography and Video.
Studio Arts Centers International (SACI) is an Independent American university-level school for the arts, located in the very center of Florence, Italy. SACI is recognized as one of the leading overseas institutions in the areas of studio art and art history. The SACI studios are situated only a moment's walk from many of the greatest works in all of Western Art. Integrated into the SACI program are frequent organized trips that offer access to important cultural sites throughout Italy. All SACI courses are taught in English.
In conjunction with the gallery coordinator, the student will experience the preparation for a visiting artist gallery exhibition in the student’s area of study. Through this experience the student works directly with the artist and curator on publicity, research, production of gallery poster, exhibit administrative duties, and the set-up and display of the actual exhibits.
The successful completion of this 60-credit program will earn the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Marywood University.