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Graduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

Graduate School


Painting (ARTS)


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This program is offered in Durham.


Degree Offered: M.F.A.


Admission Requirements

A bachelor of fine arts degree in painting or the equivalent in undergraduate coursework (minimally this means 60 credit hours in studio art and 8 credit hours in art history) is required for admission to this program. Additionally, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.6 is required. Prospective students must submit 20 images of recent work to be reviewed by the graduate faculty of the Department of Art and Art History. Images should be emailed to as individual attachments (maximum 1MB/image) in one email. The body of the email should contain only the applicant’s full name and that they are applying for the MFA Painting program.

Degree Requirements

Each student in the master of fine arts degree in painting program shall complete 60 credit hours of work. Twenty-six credits of work will be in the area of concentration (painting) leading toward a thesis exhibition. Eighteen credits will be in graduate-level drawing. Eight credits will be in graduate-level art history and the final eight credits will be in art electives to be chosen from drawing, printmaking, painting, or art history. In addition to the thesis exhibition, degree candidates will be required to submit a two-page written artist statement focusing on aesthetic, technical, and historical issues related to their work. Also required is participation in two major critiques per year. The graduate student will present their work with a verbal or written rationale to the entire graduate painting faculty, invited guests, and student peers.