The Department of Art offers graduate course work in three areas: Art Studio, Art History and Art Education. Both the Art History area and the Art Education area confer the Master of Arts degree with an area of specialization in each. Studio degree recipients are awarded the Master of Fine Arts.
The Master of Arts in Art History prepares students with the course work, language skills, and research experience needed for further graduate study or work in a museum or educational setting. The curriculum is structured to provide both breadth and depth of inquiry through a variety of approaches to art history. We recommend that courses be broadly selected to take full advantage of the multiple approaches, expertise, and insights of the art history faculty.
Experience suggests that applicants from a wide variety of educational backgrounds may earn a MA degree in Art History. It is recommended that those without an undergraduate art history major consult with the art history graduate advisor before applying. Depending on their prior preparation, some students may be required to take undergraduate work without graduate credit .
Applicants must submit materials to both the Graduate School and the Art History graduate program. Application for admission to the Graduate School requires:
completed form for the Graduate School (form available electronically, by online request, or by written request);
two official transcripts sent by each institution of study previously attended;
official GRE scores;
Application to the Art History Graduate Program (Graduate Advisor, Art Department, 207 Fine Arts Bldg., University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0022. Tel: 859/257-1716) requires:
letter of intent which explains your interest in art history graduate study, experience, and plans;
sample of research (such as an undergraduate research paper) or professional writing;
two letters of recommendation.
The application deadline for those wishing to be considered for a teaching assistantship in Art History is February 1. Please include an additional letter indicating your interest and credentials for an assistantship with your other program application materials to the Graduate Advisor at the address given above. All other application dossiers must be complete no later than May 1. Applications are reviewed in the spring semester for fall admission.
The thesis option emphasizes art historical research, problem solving, and communication skills. Candidates who plan to continue study at the doctoral level should select Plan A.
1) minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate course work*
2) foreign language reading competency in German and one other language (French often recommended). **
3) satisfactory completion and oral defense of a thesis
* Six of the minimum 24 required credit hours may be taken in related areas such as anthropology, historic preservation, history, literature, philosophy, studio art, or women's studies.
** The foreign language competency requirement may be satisfied by any of the means established by the Graduate School .
The non-thesis option emphasizes course work to deepen the candidate's foundation in the knowledge, theory, and methods of art history. Candidates who plan careers in visual arts fields that do not require a Ph.D. – professional placements in galleries, museums, art organizations, arts administration, etc. – may want to select this option.
1) minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate course work*
2) foreign language reading competency in German and one other language**
3) satisfactory completion of final comprehensive exam
* Nine of the minimum 30 required credit hours may be taken in related areas such as anthropology, historic preservation, history, literature, philosophy, studio art, or women's studies.** The foreign language competency requirement may be satisfied by any of the means established by the Graduate School .
Students admitted to the graduate program in art education are expected to have completed course work equivalent to an undergraduate major in Art Education(in no case less than 18 hours in Art Education and Education, 12 hours in Art History, and 18 hours in Art Studio). Prospective students who do not meet these requirements should seek the counsel of the Program Faculty Committee to make up deficits prior to acceptance into the program. In addition, candidates must submit for review by the Program Faculty Committee, a portfolio of recent studio work(slides) and professional writing and other evidence of professional attainment, along with a 300-500 word statement of interest and objectives.
Work toward the master's degree is pursued under Plan A or Plan B. Successful candidates for the Master of Arts(Plan A) with an area of specialization in art education are to satisfactorily complete: 1) thesis preparation demonstrating substantial research or theoretical inquiry in Art Education; 2) a finished thesis and an oral/written examination; 3) 30 credit hours of graduate course work to be divided as follows: 1) 9 to 12 graduate credit hours in art education; 2) 9 to 12 graduate credit hours in Art History or Art Studio; 3) the remaining 9 graduate credit hours may be taken in related course work in the College of Fine Arts, the College of Education, or elsewhere in the University, as well as in the Department of Art.
Under Plan B, successful candidates are to satisfactorily complete 36 credit hours of graduate course work. At least 24 of the credit hours should be taken in the Department of Art and are to be divided as follows: 12 to 15 graduate credit hours in Art Education and 9 to 12 graduate credit hours in Art History or Art Studio. The remaining 12 graduate credit hours may be taken in related course work in the College of Fine Arts, the College of Education, or elsewhere in the University, as well as in the Department of Art.
In accordance with Graduate Faculty rules, a final comprehensive examination is required in both Plan A and Plan B.
Applicants who seek admission to the Master of Fine Arts(M.F.A.) degree program should submit a portfolio of recent studio work in the form of at least 20 35-mm slides, a slide key, a letter of intent and three letters of recommendation directly to the Department of Art. Application forms for admission, GRE scores, and transcripts should be sent directly to the Graduate School. The deadline for all materials is February 1. In no case will this requirement be waived. Undergraduate art work must be substantially equal in quality, scope, and number of hours to the undergraduate major at the University of Kentucky.
The M.F.A. degree will be awarded on the completion of 60 hours of graduate course work. Of these, thirty hours must be at or above the 600 level and forty hours must be in regular courses(not independent study). In addition, the 60 credit hours will include 30 to 36 credit hours in Art Studio courses(including Graduate Studio Seminar and Studio Thesis Project), 6 to 12 credit hours in Art History and/or Art Education(a total of 24 credit hours of undergraduate and graduate Art History study is required), and up to 18 credit hours in related graduate courses which may be taken outside the Department of Art in the College of Fine Arts or elsewhere in the University.
Students must also complete successfully a final one-person M.F.A. exhibition of studio work and a visual documentation of that work together with an explanatory essay which is to be filed with the department prior to the exhibition. A total of 6 credits of A-S 767 (Studio Thesis Project) is required for the preparation of the exhibition and essay. Work toward the one-person exhibition will begin at a time determined by the department.
The student will designate a major area with the advice of the director of graduate studies at the outset of graduate work and will carry at least 12 hours in that area under the guidance of one faculty member selected as a major professor. A foreign language is not required, and the M.F.A. degree is offered only according to Plan B.
Candidates for the M.F.A. degree who hold an M.A. degree in studio work from another school will be required to complete a year's residence and 18 credit hours of graduate work at the University of Kentucky, including two semesters of Graduate Studio Seminar and all other requirements for the degree. Total hours toward the M.F.A. degree must equal 60 credit hours of graduate work.
A-E 515 INTRODUCTION TO ART THERAPY (3)
A-E 525 THE ELDERLY AND THE ARTS (3)
A-E 538 ADVANCED ARTS AND CRAFTS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (3)
A-E 545 TOPICAL STUDIES IN ART EDUCATION (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
A-E 576 ART IN MIDDLE SCHOOLS (3)
A-E 577 ART IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS (3)
A-E 578 ART IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (3)
A-E 579 SEMINAR IN ART EDUCATION (2)
A-E 645 TOPICAL RESEARCH IN ART EDUCATION (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
A-E 670 SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY ART (3)
A-E 675 AESTHETICS AND DESIGN (3)
A-E 695 INDEPENDENT WORK: ART EDUCATION (1-3)
A-E 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)
A-H 415G TOPICAL STUDIES IN ART HISTORY (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
A-H 501 MUSEUM STUDIES I: INTRODUCTION (3)
A-H 502 MUSEUM STUDIES II: INTERNSHIP (3)
A-H 503 ART HISTORY THROUGH THE ART OBJECT (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
A-H 525 STUDIES IN GENRES AND MEDIA (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
A-H 526 ART AND THE ARTIST IN SOCIETY (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
A-H 527 ART WITHIN ITS INTERDISCIPLINARY FRAMEWORK (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
A-H 528 TOPICAL SEMINAR IN ART HISTORY (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
A-H 555 METHODS IN ART HISTORY (3)
A-H 592 AESTHETICS (SAME AS PHI 592) (3)
A-H 598 COORDINATE STUDY (3)
A-H 603 THE ART OBJECT: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
A-H 625 PROBLEMS IN GENRES AND MEDIA: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
A-H 626 THE ARTIST IN SOCIETY: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
A-H 627 INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO ART HISTORY: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
A-H 628 ART HISTORY TOPICAL SEMINAR: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
A-H 738 MASTER'S SEMINAR (3)
A-H 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)
A-H 780 INDEPENDENT WORK: ART HISTORY (1-3)
A-S 510 PAINTING III (3)
A-S 511 PAINTING IV (3)
A-S 520 PRINTMAKING III (3)
A-S 521 PRINTMAKING IV (3)
A-S 530 ADVANCED DRAWING (3)
A-S 540 GRAPHIC DESIGN: PUBLICATION DESIGN (3)
A-S 541 GRAPHIC DESIGN: ADVANCED DESIGN (3)
A-S 550 FIBER III (3)
A-S 551 FIBER IV (3)
A-S 560 SCULPTURE III (3)
A-S 561 SCULPTURE IV (3)
A-S 570 CERAMICS III (3)
A-S 571 CERAMICS IV (3)
A-S 580 PHOTOGRAPHY III (3)
A-S 581 PHOTOGRAPHY IV (3)
A-S 584 COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY II (3)
A-S 586 NONSILVER PHOTOGRAPHY II (3)
A-S 596 WORKSHOP (1-6)
A-S 610 PAINTING V (3)
A-S 611 PAINTING VI (3)
A-S 620 PRINTMAKING V (3)
A-S 621 PRINTMAKING VI (3)
A-S 630 GRADUATE DRAWING (3)
A-S 650 FIBER V (3)
A-S 651 FIBER VI (3)
A-S 660 SCULPTURE V (3)
A-S 661 SCULPTURE VI (3)
A-S 670 CERAMICS V (3)
A-S 671 CERAMICS VI (3)
A-S 680 PHOTOGRAPHY V (3)
A-S 681 PHOTOGRAPHY VI (3)
A-S 710 PROBLEMS IN PAINTING (3)
A-S 720 PROBLEMS IN PRINTMAKING (3)
A-S 730 PROBLEMS IN DRAWING (3)
A-S 740 PROBLEMS IN FIBER (3)
A-S 750 PROBLEMS IN SCULPTURE (3)
A-S 767 M.F.A. STUDIO THESIS PROJECT (1-6)
A-S 770 PROBLEMS IN CERAMICS (3)
A-S 779 PROBLEMS IN PHOTOGRAPHY (3)
A-S 780 PROBLEMS IN DESIGN (3)
A-S 793 GRADUATE STUDIO SEMINAR (1)
A-S 795 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH (1-3)
ART 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)
ART 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)