The Master of Arts in Art, housed in the Department of Art at Adams State University, is the only program of its kind offered in southern Colorado. The program serves the practicing artist in his or her endeavor to elevate individual artistic practice to a higher plane both conceptually and technically. It also serves art educators as a resource for professional growth. As well as helping educators further develop their own artistic practice the graduate program provides a forum for art education issues through interaction with other professional art educators. 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.
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:
Application/Portfolio Submission Deadlines:
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.
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.
A minimum of 36 semester hours of coursework, consisting of 18 hours required classes, 9 hours of your major concentration, and 9 hours of electives, is required. These courses vary depending on the area of concentration (see below).
Semester prior to thesis only.
In addition to the course requirements, the faculty may require students to address deficiencies by taking undergraduate courses that will not apply toward the master’s degree.
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.