2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Oct 02, 2023  
2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Studio Arts, MFA

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Joanna Spitzner, Director
102 Shaffer Art Building, 315-443-4613, jspritzne@syr.edu


Barbara Walter, Peter Beasacker, Dusty Herbig, Sam Van Aken, Joanna Spitzner, Juan Juarez


The Master of Fine Arts program in Studio Arts prepares students with diverse studio backgrounds to become confident arts practitioners that can make a difference in the world through applying their skills and knowledge. Students are encouraged to celebrate ideas and creative risk-taking through their chosen studio focus but also through the inter-disciplinary and collaborative activity taking the students beyond the obvious, as they meet the often unpredictable and certainly challenging possibilities that are offered as they test, and interrogate, make and confidently reflect on their practice. In an intensive program of seminars and critiques, students will engage in theoretical and contextual understanding supporting them to launch their careers in the creative industries. Students may complete the award of Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts on a 2-year or 3-year program. On the 2-year program, students may take advantage of the Maymester summer program to gain credits. Students also have the opportunity to engage in the graduate residency program after completion of a minimum of 51 credits. Graduate studies are enhanced by an extensive visiting artist, critics and curator program. M.F.A. candidates have the opportunity to have close contact with professional artists and research-active faculty through lectures and individual studio critiques.

Graduate study in Studio Arts may be directed toward an intensive in ceramics, drawing, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, performance, printmaking, sculpture and/or time arts, or an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary practices.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate confidence as arts practitioners who can make a difference in the world through application of skills, synthesis of ideas and knowledge

2. Find and solve real problems through creative risk-taking

3. Engage in collaborative activity taking their art practice beyond the obvious

4. Embrace unpredictable and challenging possibilities through professional practices

5. Interrogate, make and confidently critique and reflect on their practice

6. Engage in theoretical and contextual understanding as it relates to individual practice and positions individual practice in the wider context


Proposed 2-year or 3-year MFA options.
2-year utilizing the summer period (optional)
3-year which includes a placement year.
3-year (ARI 603 Graduate Seminar 2, ARI 604 Graduate Critique 2 and Studio Academic Electives in Year 2)

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