Art (PhD)

Degree: Doctoral 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: 706/542-1636


Graduate Coordinator

Mary Pearse


The Lamar Dodd School of Art offers programs for the Doctor of Philosophy in art, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Art in art history, all organized to develop the student's creative independence and professional capability as a producing artist, designer, and scholar in a total environment of living art. In conjunction with the College of Education, the School of Art offers programs in art education leading to the Master of Art Education, Specialist in Education, and Doctor of Education degrees. The school's philosophy particularly stresses that the above goals be met for the art educator who must attain professional standards in the graduate studio as well as in the classroom.

Candidates for the PhD in art are required to demonstrate competence in either history of art or art education. When appropriate, a candidate's program of study may include courses in the theory and criticism of art and relevant areas of study outside the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The research skills requirement, in the history of art emphasis, is a reading knowledge of two foreign languages. In the art education emphasis, the research skills requirement may be met by completing a minimum of three of the specified research courses. Satisfactory completion of written and oral preliminary examinations, a dissertation demonstrating original research, and a final oral defense before an examining committee of the faculty are also required.

Students in the MA program in art history must demonstrate a reading knowledge of a foreign language, pass a written general examination in art history, submit a thesis, and pass a final oral examination.

Applicants are admitted to all semesters. However, priority will be given to those applications completed no later than January 1st for the following three semesters. Applications for assistantships should be made to the graduate coordinator of the Lamar Dodd School of Art by January 1st for the fall semester. Information on additional fellowships may be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Aid.

The Georgia Museum of Art is a significant resource for the Lamar Dodd School of Art. It has a major collection of American paintings and over 5000 works on paper from all periods. The museum sponsors a full schedule of in-house and traveling exhibitions each year.

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.

Although some courses listed below have specific prerequisites, instructors for graduate courses may waive some prerequisites if the student can demonstrate adequate training or experience. Likewise, the instructor may advise a student to withdraw from the class due to inadequate preparation or motivation.



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