MFA Art Studio

The MFA is a terminal degree in studio art. Its primary emphasis is on the creative aspects of an individual’s work. The M.F.A. requires three years of intensive study and research beyond the bachelor’s degree. It represents strong creative attainment in studio art, an assured grasp of an area of concentration, a sound knowledge of critical and historical artistic thought, and demonstrated expertise in conceiving and executing a significant body of creative work. This degree requires a concentration on the creative aspects of the studio work culminating in a dissertation, which entails planning, installing and documenting a solo exhibition of the student’s own creative work, producing a catalog, and giving a public talk about the work.

Available areas of emphasis: Photography, Painting/Drawing, Sculpture, Ceramics, Experimental Art & Technology, Printmaking, and Art & Ecology.

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MA & PhD in Art History

The art history program emphasizes the study of visual art as a means of understanding the intellectual and cultural history of humanity. The program provides a firm grounding in both western and non-western art history within the context of a liberal arts education. Undergraduate work covers the broad range of art history while graduate work leading to both the M.A. degree is organized into two major fields of specialization, each of which integrates several fields of specialization: Arts of the Americas and the general concentration in Art History.

Arts of the Americas brings together the arts of indigenous and post-colonial cultures of North, Central, and South America. Integral fields of specialization include art and architecture of the Ancient Americas, ancient and modern Native North American arts, Ibero-American art and architecture, and nineteenth and twentieth century Latin American arts. Along with the study of acknowledged discontinuities in form and series brought about with European invasion, this concentration also promotes the study of continuity in the history of American art and architecture. These combined viewpoints promote a clearer understanding of art within American art traditions.

The general concentration in Art History encompasses the history of painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative art, drawing, graphic art, photography and film in Europe and the Americas. It is organized chronologically, asking students to take coursework in PreModern, Early Modern, and Modern & Contemporary Art History.

The PhD in Art History is offered in eight areas of concentration:
Native North American Art History
Art & Architecture of the Ancient Americas
Ibero-American Colonial Art History
Modern U.S. and Canadian Art History
Modern Latin American Art History
History of Graphic Arts
History of Architecture
History of Photography

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MA Art Education

The University of New Mexico’s Art Education Program prepares artist-educators to demonstrate the conceptual frameworks, technical and practical expertise, critical and creative practices, responsiveness to historical, political, and sociocultural developments impacting art education. technological possibilities and proficiencies. It also provides foundational understanding in the domains of art education, studio art, design and aesthetics, visual culture, and art history required to effective teach in and through the visual arts.

We offer the MA in Art Education with or without K-12 Art Education teacher licensure. The licensure process can also be undertaken on its own, as a post-baccalaureate.

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