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Master of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art and Illustration

Master of Fine Arts Degree [M.F.A.]
in Studio Art and Illustration

The purpose of this degree is to provide visual artists with an opportunity to develop professional-level conceptual and technical mastery in a specific area of concentration with a biblically supported understanding of the arts.

Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the studio art and illustration program will be able to

  • articulate a distinctly Christian-traditional philosophy of art;
  • analyze historical trends in artistic theory and practice;
  • demonstrate technical mastery in the use of appropriate creative media and technology in a specific area of concentration;
  • demonstrate expertise in the areas of representational drawing and painting and visual storytelling;
  • create a unique and consistent body of visual works that communicates a clear message based on traditional design principles;
  • solve complex creative problems at a professional level using advanced processes of research, development, and execution;
  • exhibit professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in their chosen field of art; and
  • support, in written and visual forms, the role and function of their body of work by way of a thesis.

Admission Requirements

Residence Requirements

Fall, Spring, Post-term, Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Spring: A minimum of 33 months of residence work beginning with fall semester is required. A public show must be given and a thesis prepared before graduate work is completed.