Visual Arts Department
Mr. Shawn Thayer, Chair
The Master of Fine Arts and the Master of Arts in graphic design and studio art programs are designed
to develop the individual’s ability to
communicate effectively in the visual
arts. Building on a strong foundation
of undergraduate art training, these
master’s programs allow for intense individual
development in necessary skills.
Skilled artists train the student in a
variety of media, preparing the student
for future work.
Applicants for a graduate
degree in art must also have majored in
art or graphic design on the undergraduate
level. A portfolio of representative
work must be submitted.
All students wanting to pursue an M.F.A. in studio art or graphic design will begin the graduate program enrolled as an M.A. student. Students may apply for the M.F.A. program upon successful completion of PCC’s M.A. in graphic design or studio art. Admission to the M.F.A. program will be based upon committee review of work completed for the M.A. and written artist statement.
in the graduate art program is
dependent upon an ongoing evaluation
of the student’s abilities. A student
may be removed at any time from his
program if, in the opinion of the faculty/administration, the student fails
to perform satisfactorily or improve
sufficiently in the appropriate skill,
regardless of the student’s academic
average in the program.
A student earning a “C+” or lower in
any studio course may be required to
repeat that course. A student cannot
repeat a studio course more than one
time. Upon the student’s earning a
“C+” or lower in another studio course,
the Graduate Committee reviews the
student’s status to determine if he can
continue in his graduate program.
See Graduation Requirements.
Master of Fine Arts Degree [M.F.A.]
Master of Arts Degree [M.A.]