MFA :: Jewelry Design + Metalsmithing Emphasis
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in art with an emphasis in Metals is structured to give a strong technical foundation in metals and yet allows sufficient flexibility for students to explore personal directions in their work throughout their tenure at Texas Tech University. A graduate seminar is scheduled once a week throughout the semester for group critiques, slide lectures, technical demonstrations, and discussions of required readings or research materials. In addition, individual critiques are scheduled on a weekly basis or as needed. Students are encouraged to draw from their background, interests, observations, and environment as a basis for developing distinct and personal statements in metal. Generally, the direction of each student’s research is determined by the student in consultation with the faculty advisor and the MFA Advisory Committee. To complete the requirements for the MFA degree the student is required to write a report, pass an oral review, and have a public exhibition of thesis work. The faculty member’s role is to provide the guidance, expertise, and judgment needed in helping students achieve their artistic goals and to realize their full potential as artists.
The MFA requires three consecutive years in residence and a minimum of 60 semester credit hours. Hours include: 21 hours in area of specialty; 12 hours secondary area; 9 hours in art history; 9 hours electives; 6 hours MFA project; and 3 hours MFA graduate seminar.
At the conclusion of each semester of study, a student has a works-in-progress review by the 3-D Studio Faculty. Recommendations and advice are given at this time by all 3-D area faculty members. (Ceramics, Metals, Sculpture).
The MFA Report and Orals are held the semester prior to the MFA exhibition, candidates are required to complete a written, illustrated report and present a public slide lecture. Following the public presentation, students are reviewed by the graduate faculty from all art areas and their MFA Advisory Committee to assess their ability to verbally present their aesthetic influences and artistic direction. The final semester of study is spent in preparation of the thesis exhibition. This is a public exhibition of the student’s metalwork which displays professionalism, creativity, and development as an artist.
MFA Metals Application Materials
The following materials constitute a complete application:
1. Official transcripts of all college work.
3. Statement of Purpose - This should reveal the applicant's personal motivations - general and specific. Also, it must indicate the intended secondary studio area(s) of concentration to be pursued in the graduate program.
4. Letters of Recommendation. A minimum of three, current letters from individuals who are familiar with the applicant's work.
5. Art Work. This is the most critical component of the applications process.
6. Personal Interview. If possible, it is recommended that the applicant attend a preview meeting with the faculty.
Requirements for Metals Slide Portfolio:
1. Submit 15 - 20 slides of recent metals work; provide slides of the secondary area(s) of interest.
2. Submit slides in a plastic slide sheet.
3. Label each slide with your name an an arrow indicating the top of the slide.
4. Include a slide inventory sheet which corresponds to the numbered slides. For each slide, list the following: slide #, title of work, medium, technique, dimensions, and year work was completed.
5. Enclose a self-addressed-stamped envelope for return of slides. (Stamps only, metered postage will not be accepted). No application materials will be returned until the official notification process has been completed, on or about the end of May.