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The MFA degree at the graduate level places an emphasis on design research, interdisciplinary methods, and continued formal, conceptual, and technical development. The graduate program is self-directed and graduate students focus on the conceptual integration of research and practice.
For more information on how to apply and graduate assistantships, visit the School of Art & Art History web site.
Since the early 1990’s the graphic design area has offered a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree, the terminal degree in the field. The graduate degree program is intended to foster a level of superior research to advance the profession and positively contribute to society.
Ours is a 3-year program of study for persons interested in advanced, academic exploration of design rather than preparation for professional practice, which is the objective of our undergraduate program.The program places emphasis on theory as a basis for critical analysis and creation of visual communication; additional emphasis is focused on building an understanding of historical, social, cultural perspectives and implications relative to visual communication.
Graduate students enroll in three courses per semester over three years for a total of 9 credits per semester. During each semester students enroll in a rotating topic graphic design seminar. Six credits are taken either during the summer or one of the six academic year semesters. Graduate assistants are usually provided an opportunity to teach at the 2000-level. To provide a background for this, we offer Teaching Art in Higher Education during one’s first semester. This course, taught by an art education faculty member, provides guidance to teaching and working in the UF academic context.
1. Develop body of artwork or design that reflects conceptual cohesiveness and creativity/originality and contribution to the field.
2. Recognize the relevance of the student’s work to major cultural and/or aesthetic models.
3. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles within a student’s stated intentions.
5. Organize and communicate their ideas and work products at a professional level with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written skills.