The Master of Arts in Art is the only program of its kind offered in southern Colorado. As such, this program serves students from Colorado, its bordering states, and occasionally more distant regions. The Master of Arts in Art is housed in the Department of Art at Adams State University. The program serves to benefit the artist who seeks a higher level of competency. It also serves the art educator as a resource for professional growth. The graduate program provides a forum for art education issues through interaction with other professional art educators. In addition, the graduate program serves the practicing artist in his or her endeavor to elevate individual artistic experience to a higher plane. Finally, the graduate program serves as a model for the undergraduate student to observe and understand the professional level of competency attained through the graduate experience.

Concentrations are available in ceramics, drawing, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

  • Admission Requirements

    Students desiring to enroll in a master’s degree program in the Department of Art must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and are generally expected to have the equivalent of an undergraduate major in art. Prospective candidates with a major other than art who possess exceptional talent in art may be accepted on the basis of their original artwork. Students enrolled in the final year of undergraduate study may be admitted to graduate study pending verification of receipt of the baccalaureate degree. All applicants must submit the following information to the Graduate School, Adams State University, 208 Edgemont Blvd., Alamosa, CO 81101:

    1. An application for admission to graduate study, including Form D 
    2. A $30 non-refundable application fee.
    3. An official transcript sent directly from the institution to the Graduate School verifying receipt of the baccalaureate degree. Transcripts from Adams State need not be requested; however, official transcripts confirming transfer courses are required. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.
    4. Two letters of recommendation from supervisory sources.
    5. A portfolio consisting of 10 to 20 slides, photographs, digital portfolio or original work showing two or more media including the medium of the chosen major concentration.
    6. Additional information may be requested by the Department of Art before an admission decision can be determined.
    7. The chair of the Department of Art will notify students of admission decisions.

    Application/Portfolio Submission Deadlines:

    • May 1: For admission in the following summer or fall semesters
    • December 1: For admission in the following spring semester

    Portfolios postmarked after the above dates will not be reviewed until the subsequent admissions cycle. Applicants should discuss the appropriate deadlines with the chair of the Art Department.

  • Degree Requirements
    • Faculty Review

      At the end of the first 12 semester hours of graduate course work taken at Adams State College, a faculty review of the student’s progress will be conducted. Continuation in the program is dependent upon the outcome of this evaluation. The recommended courses in this 12-hour block include AR 503-Research for the Visual Arts, AR 508-Drawing, and six hours selected in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.

    • Comprehensive Examination

      A comprehensive examination is not required by the Department of Art.

    • Course Requirements

      In addition to the following core, concentration, and elective courses, the faculty may require students to address deficiencies by taking undergraduate courses that will not apply toward the master’s degree. A minimum of 36 semester hours of coursework is required.

    • Thesis

      All candidates for the Master of Arts degree in Art must successfully complete a thesis, which consists of a body of creative work. The thesis will be mounted as an exhibition at Adams State College and will be accompanied by a supporting paper. Students will defend the written document and body of work in an oral examination administered by the faculty committee. A representation from the thesis exhibition will be retained by the Department of Art as part of its permanent collection.

    • Required Core (18 hours)
    • Major Concentration (9 hours)

      Concentrations are available in ceramics, drawing, fiber, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

      • (The fibers courses are not available this academic year. As faculty are available, the courses will be offered. Please contact the Art Department at 719-587-7823 to check on the status of these courses.)
    • Elective Courses (9 hours)

      These courses may be any graduate-level course but must be chosen in consultation with the advisor. At least six hours of electives must be courses from the concentrations listed above.