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29 Jan 2013

MFA Interdisciplinary Arts Program, University of Nevada, Reno

Benjamin Poynter

Call for Applications
MFA Interdisciplinary Arts Program/UNR
Department of Art/University of Nevada, Reno


The Department of Art offers interdisciplinary study in the areas of two- and three-dimensional art including: ceramics, digital-media, social practice, drawing, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, book arts, sculpture, and video. Offering students advanced coursework in art history, critical theory and practiced criticism, combining rigorous studio and academic experience while engaging in original research and the development of a significant body of creative work.
Application Deadline! Postmarked February 15th, 2013

Associate Professor Tamara Scronce

MFA Interdiscipinary Arts Program/UNR
Department of Art/224,
University of Nevada, Reno
89557 Reno, Nevada
United States

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The MFA degree program's interdisciplinary objective is to ensure that students are not bound by a single discipline or particular medium, providing the opportunity and encouragement to explore new possibilities in the search for the most effective visual format for the expression of their ideas. Students will be expected to re-define boundaries of traditional media and to incorporate materials from art history, theory, criticism, and other academic disciplines of their choice. Equal emphasis is placed upon the creation of artwork and its intellectual, conceptual, and social contexts.

Prospective MFA students must present a Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average from an accredited university, school, or college. Test scores are not required.

Entrance to the program is determined via a review of full application. Detailed attention will be given to portfolio materials. Department faculty will conduct the application and portfolio review. Students pursuing the Master of Fine Arts degree must satisfy all graduate school requirements and specific departmental requirements.

The degree requires sixty credit hours (three years of study). An MFA candidate must be enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 9 credits per semester). Candidates must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point average. The MFA program requires a public exhibition of a cohesive body of work after 30 credit hours to confirm the student's eligibility for advancement to MFA candidacy. At the conclusion of 60 credit hours a public solo thesis exhibition created, curated, installed and publicized by the candidate must be presented. A formal written thesis, and oral examination are required at the time of the thesis exhibition.

The University of Nevada, Reno is just across the border from California nestled on the Eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Minutes from alpine forests to the west, the Great Basin Desert to the East. Gateway to the annual Burning Man Festival, Reno has emerged in recent years as a regional center for arts activities including the nationally recognized Nevada Museum of Art and the award winning annual Artown Festival.