Art (MFA)

Degree: Masters Degrees

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The Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of
Georgia offers graduate study in art education, art
history, and eight studio disciplines. The programs,
leading to the M.A., M.A.Ed., M.F.A., Ed.S., Ed.D.,
and Ph.D. degrees are described in detail in the Graduate Handbook.

Graduate programs necessarily presume certain
aptitudes on the part of applicants, based on
documented results of previous study. Admission to
graduate programs is very competitive. Successful
applicants are mature, highly motivated individuals
capable of sustained studio work or scholarly pursuit
at an advanced level. Working under the guidance
of a faculty of experienced, recognized professionals,
students are encouraged to develop the self-discipline
essential to productive independent study and self-
realization as artists and/or scholars.

Studio programs are structured to foster stylistic
diversity through individual exploration. There is
no dominating opinion or aesthetic espoused by the
Lamar Dodd School of Art. The wide variety of images
and approaches present at the school attest to the
healthy ferment of ideas among students and faculty.
Scholarly publications in art education and art history
reflect the same freedom of inquiry.


Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Old College
Athens, GA 30602-1732
Phone: 706/542-3400

Academic Department

Lamar Dodd School of Art
270 River Road
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: 706/542-1624, 706/542-1636


Graduate Coordinator

Mary Pearse


The following review and evaluation procedures apply to all students enrolled in a program leading to the MFA degree in studio art:

Upon completion of 18 semester hours of resident graduate work, the student must pass an oral examination which, with supporting creative studio work, will constitute an evaluation of his/her capability for continued enrollment in the MFA degree program. The evaluation will be conducted by a duly appointed faculty committee, which will determine if the student will be (1) continued in the regular MFA program, or (2) required to complete additional work beyond the regular MFA requirements, for the specific purpose of improving his/her skills, or (3) counseled to withdraw from the MFA program and consider alternative educational goals.

Students who successfully meet the requirements for continued enrollment in the MFA degree program, will be required to arrange a public exhibition of creative studio work during the final semester of residence. The exhibition will be evaluated by faculty, who will determine if the exhibited work represents a satisfactory level of professional accomplishment by the candidate. Faculty approval of the exhibition is a requirement for graduation.



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