Graduate Student Admissions
The Master of Arts in Art History requires a minimum of 30 hours of post-baccalaureate study. This includes two required art historical theory and methodology courses ARTH 5308 and 5309, 12 hours of graduate art history, 6 hours of an extra-departmental minor, and 6 hours of thesis. Additionally, reading knowledge of at least one foreign language is required. In their final semester in the M.A. program, students must successfully complete an oral defense of the thesis.
Admission to the M.A. program normally presumes that students hold a BA in Art History or a BA in a related field with at least 24 undergraduate hours in Art History. Up to 9 of these hours may be completed through leveling at TTU. Applicants are required to take the GRE exam (in time to have the scores submitted by the application deadline). Acceptance is also contingent upon satisfaction of all Graduate School requirements for admission. After admission, the faculty determines specific leveling requirements and a degree plan for each student.
The Master of Art Education (M.A.E.) degree program is comprised of a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate work including 12 semester hours of art education core courses; 9-12 semester hours of related art courses; 6-9 semester hours as a minor (taken outside the school); and 6 semester hours of thesis, professional project, or studio problem leading to an art exhibition. The M.A.E. graduate coordinator will evaluate applicants who have met the minimum entrance requirements of the Graduate School. The applicant for the M.A.E. degree may be asked to submit a portfolio and/or slides of his or her art and, if possible, examples of student art to the preview committee. On the basis of these requirements, the preview committee will make recommendations concerning the acceptance of students to the M.A.E. degree program and will determine and prescribe any leveling work to be completed before or after acceptance.
Within the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Fine Arts, the major in the School of Art (the art major) is titled “Critical Studies and Artistic Practice.” This major examines diverse discourses in the visual arts, exploring their trans-disciplinary margins as well as their disciplinary strengths. In addition to the Fine Arts Core of 15 hours, students enroll in a Critical Studies and Artistic Practice core of 12 hours, consisting of interdisciplinary topics in the visual arts. Beyond the two groups of core classes, students must complete a minimum of 33 hours of individualized coursework, including 12 hours of dissertation work. Individualized coursework may be chosen, with consent of the advisor, from two of the following fields: History of Art, Art Education, Critical Studies, Museum Studies, Arts Administration, and Studio Art (if the student holds an appropriate master’s), as well as Theatre and Music. Additional course work may be undertaken; however, the state of Texas limits students to 99 hours of doctoral study.
For acceptance into the doctoral program, the applicant must have completed a master’s degree, or its equivalent, with emphasis in some area of the visual arts. Every effort is made to select candidates who show strong scholarship and professional competence. Art doctoral faculty will evaluate each applicant’s professional goals and any evidence of progress toward these goals. More specific qualifications will pertain to specific career directions.
For admission into this program, the graduate art education and art history-criticism faculty review the applicant’s dossier; a personal interview is recommended. Faculty submit recommendations to a three-member preview committee, who upon approval, recommend the applicant to the Graduate Committee of the college for acceptance into the program. Acceptance is also contingent upon satisfaction of all Graduate School requirements for admission. After admission, a specific degree plan is determined.