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. Finaly, the graduate program serves as a model for the udnergraduate 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 one-page written statement of intent, outlining the conceptual and media approaches you are interested in pursuing in the program.
    6. A digital portfolio consisting of 15 to 20 images with examples of work in at least two media (with emphasis on area of concentration).
    7. Additional information may be requested by the Department of Art before an admission decision can be determined.
    8. 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.

    • Course Requirements

      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).

      • Ceramics/Metalsmithing/Sculpture Concentration
        • Required Courses (18 hours)
        • Major Concentration - 9 hours in one of the following areas: Ceramics, Metalsmithing, or Sculpture
        • Elective Courses (9 hours)
          • At least 3 hours must come from one of the following areas: Ceramics, Drawing, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture.
          • A maximum of 6 hours may be transfer credits that must be approved by the department chair of Art.
      • Drawing/Painting Concentration
        • Required Courses (18 hours)
        • Major Concentration - 9 hours in Drawing or Painting
        • Elective Courses (9 hours)
          • At least 3 hours must come from one of the following areas: Ceramics, Drawing, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture.
          • A maximum of 6 hours may be transfer credits that must be approved by the chair of the Art Department.
      • Photography/Printmaking Concentration

      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.

       

    • 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.