Houston Baptist University Catalog

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Course Descriptions


MFA 5311 Graduate Painting I
Graduate painting students will, in this introductory course, use a variety of painting processes including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and mixed media works to establish their central body of creative art. Interdisciplinary activities combining 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development of a formidable classical ability both in drawing and painting techniques and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

MFA 5312 Graduate Painting II
Graduate painting students will, in this second level course, continue in their use of a variety of painting processes including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and mixed media works to establish their central body of creative art. Interdisciplinary activities combining 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development of a formidable classical ability both in drawing and painting techniques and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

MFA 5313 Graduate Painting III
Graduate painting students will, in this third level course, become more adept with a variety of painting processes including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and mixed media works to establish their central body of creative art. Interdisciplinary activities combining 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development of a formidable classical ability both in drawing and painting techniques and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

MFA 5314 Graduate Painting IV
Gaduate painting students will use a variety of painting processes including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and mixed media works to establish their central body of creative art. Interdisciplinary activities combining two-dimensional and three-dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development of a formidable classical ability both in drawing and painting techniques and be prepared to explore their thesis content in painting activities. These courses in graduate painting focus the development of the interdisciplinary professional discourse and works of art needed in order to master the fine art of painting. All activities of graduate painting are juxtaposed towards the creation of original works of art, which express the individual. These creative impulses are organized with the student through criticism by the professor, which express critical thoughts towards the implementation of content and processes that lead the artist down the critical and spiritual path of discoveries required of any professional artist.

MFA 5319 STRUCTURES OF POETRY
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the School of Fine Arts.

MFA 5321 Graduate Drawing I
This course will introduce students to use the processes of wet and dry media, including watercolor, ink, charcoal, pastel, conte combined with new and experimental media including encaustic, rubbing, etc. Students will be expected to continue their development of a formidable classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

MFA 5322 Graduate Drawing II
This course will continue to introduce students to use the processes of wet and dry media, including watercolor, ink, charcoal, pastel, conte combined with new and experimental media including encaustic, rubbing, etc. Students will be expected to continue their development of a formidable classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

MFA 5323 Graduate Drawing III
Students in this course will begin to become more adept in the use of processes of wet and dry media, including watercoor, ink, charcoal, pastel, conte combined with new and experimental media including encaustic, rubbing, etc. Students will be expected to continue their development of a formidable classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

MFA 5324 Graduate Drawing IV
This course will allow students to use the processes of wet and dry media, including watercolor, ink, charcoal, pastel, and conte combined with new and experimental media including encaustic, rubbing, etc. Students will be expected to continue their development of a formidable classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

MFA 5328 TheHolocaust: After 50 Years
Students read poetry, fiction, personal narratives, and essays that reflect the Holocaust experience. Through their reading and research papers, a visit to the Holocaust Museum, and viewing films, students come to understand the history of anti-Semitism and how it culminated in the greatest crime against humanity of the 20th century. Students also consider subsequent genocides and discuss whether or not the hope Never again can ever be realized.

MFA 5331 Graduate Ceramics I
This course in Ceramics will require a high level of traditional skills in building 3-Dimensional clay sculptural forms in addition to traditional ceramic techniques such as throwing, and hand-building. The course will combine experimental processes, glaze variations and clay body recipes for low and high range firing temperatures. Student's work will begin to achieve a thematic focus by the end of the semester.

MFA 5332 Graduate Ceramics II
This course in Ceramics will require a high level of traditional skills in building 3-Dimensional clay sculptural forms in addition to traditional ceramic techniques such as throwing, and hand-building. The course will combine experimental processes, glaze variations and clay body recipes for low and high range firing temperatures. Student's work will continue to achieve a thematic focus by the end of the semester.

MFA 5333 Graduate Ceramics III
This course in Ceramics will require a high level of traditional skills in building 3-Dimensional clay sculptural forms in addition to traditional ceramic techniques such as throwing, and hand-building. The course will combine experimental processes, glaze variations and clay body recipes for low and high range firing temperatures. Student's work will begin to develop a more mature thematic focus by the end of the semester.

MFA 5334 Graduate Ceramics IV
This course combines, through experimental processes, glaze variations and clay body recipes for low and high range firing temperatures. This course will require a high level of traditional skills in building three-dimensional clay sculptural forms in addition to traditional ceramic techniques such as throwing and hand-building. A student's work is expected to achieve a thematic focus by the end of the semester.

MFA 5340 Expressionism and the Arts
This course will examine the expressive aspects of the Hellenistic, Baroque, and Romantic eras, but will emphasize the artistic movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries known as Expressionism. Emphasis will be on the European and American experience.

MFA 5341 Graduate Sculpture I
In this graduate sculpture course, students will begin to learn how to translate drawings into 3-Dimensional media such as steel, bronze, assemblage, found objects, wood, plaster, film, and installation including video and audio. Students will be expected to continue their development of a high level of drawing skill and materials and methods of sculpture both subtractive and additive techniques. All techniques used in this course and the resulting projects culminate towards each student's thesis content.

MFA 5342 Graduate Sculpture II
In this graduate sculpture course, students will continue to learn how to translate drawings into 3-Dimensional media such as steel, bronze, assemblage, found objects, wood, plaster, film, and installation including video and audio. Students will be expected to continue their development of a high level of drawing skill and materials and methods of sculpture both substractive and additive techniques. All techniques used in this course and the resulting projects culminate towards each student's thesis content.

MFA 5343 Graduate Sculpture III
In this graduate sculpture course, students will begin to become more adept in learning how to translate drawings into 3-Dimensional media such as steel, bronze, assemblage, found objects, wood, plaster, film, and installation including video and audio. Students will be expected to continue their development of a high level of drawing skill and materials and methods of sculpture both subtractive and additive techniques. All techniques used in this course and the resulting projects culminate towards each student's thesis content.

MFA 5344 Graduate Sculpture IV
In this graduate sculpture course, students will begin to become more adept in learning how to translate drawings into 3-Dimensional media such as steel, bronze, assemblage, found objects, wood, plaster, film, and installation including video and audio. Students will be expected to continue their development of a high level of drawing skill and materials and methods of sculpture both subtractive and additive techniques. All techniques used in this course and the resulting projects culminate towards each student's thesis content.

MFA 5350 Study and Studio Abroad
This course meets during an HBU School of Art Study Abroad Trip and includes touring important artistic, architectural and religious venues. Students are expected to produce artistic works during their trip as well as gather information which will inspire future artistic crativity upon their return.

MFA 5351 Graduate Printmaking I
This course will allow a student to begin to explore in new ways one or more of the following drawing and printmaking techniques: etching, silkscreen, woodblock printing, intaglio, mono printing in the traditional and digital processes. Students will discover a personal voice in preparation for the development of their thesis content. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of printmaking techniques before enrolling.

MFA 5352 Graduate Printmaking II
This course will allow a student to explore in new ways one or more of the following drawing and printmaking techniques: etching, silkscreen, woodblock printmaking, intaglio, mono printing in the traditional and digital processes. Students will discover a personal voice in preparation for the development of their thesis content.

MFA 5353 Graduate Printmaking III
This course will allow a student to continue to explore in new ways one or more of the following drawing and printmaking techniques: etching, silkscreen, woodblock printing, intaglio, mono printing in the traditional and digital processes. Students will discover a personal voice in preparation for the development of their thesis content.

MFA 5354 Graduate Printmaking IV
This course will allow a student to begin to explore in new ways one or more of the following drawing and printmaking techniques: etching, silkscreen, woodblock printing, intaglio, mono printing in the traditional and digital processes. Students will discover a personal voice in preparation for the development of their thesis content. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of printmaking techniques before enrolling.

MFA 5381 INDEPENDENT STUDY/SP TOPIC
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the School of Fine Arts.

MFA 5382 The Greek World
This course introduces students to the world of Ancient Greece. The goals of the course are to read the foundational texts of the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods, to place them in their historical, philosophical, and archaeological contexts, and to consider their impact on western civilization. Authors read in this class may include: Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and Thucydides.

MFA 5383, The Roman World
This course introduces students to the world of Ancient Rome. The goals of the course are: to read the foundational texts of the Republican and Imperial periods, to place them in their historical, philosophical, and archaeological contexts, to understand the interrelationship between the Greek and Roman worlds, to discuss the emergence of Christianity in its classical context, and to consider the impact of Ancient Rome on western civilization. Authors read in this class may include: Vergil, Cicero, Lucretius, Horace, Plautus, Terrence, Suetonius, Tacitus, and Pliny.

MFA 5384 The Medieval World
This course introduces students to the Medieval World. The goals of the course are: to read the foundational texts of the Medieval period, to place them in their historical, philosophical, and architectural contexts, to understand the relationship between the Classical Antiquity and the emergence of Christian Europe, and to consider the impact of the Medieval period on western civilization. Authors read in this class may include: Boethius, Augustine, Aquinas, Dante, Bede and Chaucer.

MFA 5385 The Renaissance and Reformation
This course introduces students to the period of the Renaissance and Reformation. The goals of the course are: to read the foundational texts of the Reformation period, to place them in their historical, philosophical, and religious contexts, to understand the relationship between the Classical Antiquity, the middle ages, and the emergence of early modern Europe, and to consider the impact of the Renaissance and Reformation on western civilization. Authors read in this class may include: Luther, Calvin, Machiavelli, Erasmus, Petrarch, Shakespeare, Milton and Donne.

MFA 5386 The Enlightenment
This course introduces students to the period of the Enlightenment. The goals of the course are: to read the foundational texts of the Enlightenment period, to place them in their historical, philosophical, scientific and religious contexts, to understand the relationship between the Classical Antiquity, the scientific revolution, and the emergence of representative democracy, and to consider the impact of the Enlightenment on western civilization. Authors read in this class may include: Locke, Hobbes, Pope, Swift, Austen, Voltaire, Rousseau and Kant.

MFA 5387 The Modern World
This course introduces students to the period of Romanticism and Modernity. The goals of the course are: to read the foundational texts of Romanticism and Modernism, to place them in their historical, philosophical, scientific, and religious contexts, to understand the relationship between the Romanticism and Modernism, and to consider the impact of these movements on the post-modern world. Authors read in this class may include: Goethe, Wordsworth, Nietzsche, Eliot, Einstein and Beckett.

MFA 5388 The Last Fifty Years
This course introduces students to recent developments in western civilization. Special attention will be given to postmodernism and how has it influenced American culture. The goals of the course are: to examine the critical moral, political, economic, and social questions of the 20th century, and to understand the connection between this period and those that have preceded it. Special attention will be given to primary source readings.

MFA 5390 Western Culture and Human Experience
These courses are a core component of the MLA program and offer a broad overview of history, politics, art, and philosophy. MLA 5390 will cover the years from the time of classical Greece through the medieval period; MLA 5391 will cover the Renaissance, Reformation, and Early Modern period; MLA 5392 will cover from the French revolution through Modern times.

MFA 5391 Western Culture and Human Experience II
This course offers a broad overview of history, politics, art, and philosophy. MFA 5391 will cover the Renaissance, Reformation, and Early Modern periods.

MFA 5392 Western Culture and Human Experience II
MFA 5392 offers a broad overview of history, politics, art, and philosophy. The course will cover the period from the French revolution through Modern times.

MFA 6315 Graduate Painting V
Gaduate painting students will use a variety of painting processes including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and mixed media works to establish their central body of creative art. Interdisciplinary activities combining two-dimensional and three-dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development of a formidable classical ability both in drawing and painting techniques and be prepared to explore their thesis content in painting activities. These courses in graduate painting focus the development of the interdisciplinary professional discourse and works of art needed in order to master the fine art of painting. All activities of graduate painting are juxtaposed towards the creation of original works of art, which express the individual. These creative impulses are organized with the student through criticism by the professor, which express critical thoughts towards the implementation of content and processes that lead the artist down the critical and spiritual path of discoveries required of any professional artist.

MFA 6316 Graduate Painting VI
Gaduate painting students will use a variety of painting processes including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and mixed media works to establish their central body of creative art. Interdisciplinary activities combining two-dimensional and three-dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development of a formidable classical ability both in drawing and painting techniques and be prepared to explore their thesis content in painting activities. These courses in graduate painting focus the development of the interdisciplinary professional discourse and works of art needed in order to master the fine art of painting. All activities of graduate painting are juxtaposed towards the creation of original works of art, which express the individual. These creative impulses are organized with the student through criticism by the professor, which express critical thoughts towards the implementation of content and processes that lead the artist down the critical and spiritual path of discoveries required of any professional artist.

MFA 6317 Graduate Painting VII
Gaduate painting students will use a variety of painting processes including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and mixed media works to establish their central body of creative art. Interdisciplinary activities combining two-dimensional and three-dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development of a formidable classical ability both in drawing and painting techniques and be prepared to explore their thesis content in painting activities. These courses in graduate painting focus the development of the interdisciplinary professional discourse and works of art needed in order to master the fine art of painting. All activities of graduate painting are juxtaposed towards the creation of original works of art, which express the individual. These creative impulses are organized with the student through criticism by the professor, which express critical thoughts towards the implementation of content and processes that lead the artist down the critical and spiritual path of discoveries required of any professional artist.

MFA 6318 Graduate Painting VIII
Gaduate painting students will use a variety of painting processes including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and mixed media works to establish their central body of creative art. Interdisciplinary activities combining two-dimensional and three-dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development of a formidable classical ability both in drawing and painting techniques and be prepared to explore their thesis content in painting activities. These courses in graduate painting focus the development of the interdisciplinary professional discourse and works of art needed in order to master the fine art of painting. All activities of graduate painting are juxtaposed towards the creation of original works of art, which express the individual. These creative impulses are organized with the student through criticism by the professor, which express critical thoughts towards the implementation of content and processes that lead the artist down the critical and spiritual path of discoveries required of any professional artist.

MFA 6324 The Art of Being Human
This course is an introduction to the humanities. It reaffirms the liberal arts tradition that maintains that the humanities constitute the best and brightest expressions of all people. The emphasis is on the interaction between the arts, religion, and philosophy, and on the humanities, believing that this approach helps us to see artists and philosophers at work, trying to solve real problems that we all know about.

MFA 6325 Graduate Drawing IV
This course will allow students to use the processes of wet and dry media, including watercolor, ink, charcoal, pastel, and conte combined with new and experimental media including encaustic, rubbing, etc. Students will be expected to continue their development of a formidable classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

MFA 6326 Graduate Drawing VI
This course will allow students to use the processes of wet and dry media, including watercolor, ink, charcoal, pastel, and conte combined with new and experimental media including encaustic, rubbing, etc. Students will be expected to continue their development of a formidable classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

MFA 6327 Graduate Drawing VII
This course will allow students to use the processes of wet and dry media, including watercolor, ink, charcoal, pastel, and conte combined with new and experimental media including encaustic, rubbing, etc. Students will be expected to continue their development of a formidable classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

MFA 6328 Graduate Drawing VIII
This course will allow students to use the processes of wet and dry media, including watercolor, ink, charcoal, pastel, and conte combined with new and experimental media including encaustic, rubbing, etc. Students will be expected to continue their development of a formidable classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

MFA 6335 Graduate Ceramics V
This course combines, through experimental processes, glaze variations and clay body recipes for low and high range firing temperatures. This course will require a high level of traditional skills in building three-dimensional clay sculptural forms in addition to traditional ceramic techniques such as throwing and hand-building. A student's work is expected to achieve a thematic focus by the end of the semester.

MFA 6336 Graduate Ceramics VI
This course combines, through experimental processes, glaze variations and clay body recipes for low and high range firing temperatures. This course will require a high level of traditional skills in building three-dimensional clay sculptural forms in addition to traditional ceramic techniques such as throwing and hand-building. A student's work is expected to achieve a thematic focus by the end of the semester.

MFA 6337 Graduate Ceramics VII
This course combines, through experimental processes, glaze variations and clay body recipes for low and high range firing temperatures. This course will require a high level of traditional skills in building three-dimensional clay sculptural forms in addition to traditional ceramic techniques such as throwing and hand-building. A student's work is expected to achieve a thematic focus by the end of the semester.

MFA 6338 Graduate Ceramics VIII
This course combines, through experimental processes, glaze variations and clay body recipes for low and high range firing temperatures. This course will require a high level of traditional skills in building three-dimensional clay sculptural forms in addition to traditional ceramic techniques such as throwing and hand-building. A student's work is expected to achieve a thematic focus by the end of the semester.

MFA 6345 Graduate Sculpture V
In this graduate sculpture course, students will begin to become more adept in learning how to translate drawings into 3-Dimensional media such as steel, bronze, assemblage, found objects, wood, plaster, film, and installation including video and audio. Students will be expected to continue their development of a high level of drawing skill and materials and methods of sculpture both subtractive and additive techniques. All techniques used in this course and the resulting projects culminate towards each student's thesis content.

MFA 6346 Graduate Sculpture VI
In this graduate sculpture course, students will begin to become more adept in learning how to translate drawings into 3-Dimensional media such as steel, bronze, assemblage, found objects, wood, plaster, film, and installation including video and audio. Students will be expected to continue their development of a high level of drawing skill and materials and methods of sculpture both subtractive and additive techniques. All techniques used in this course and the resulting projects culminate towards each student's thesis content.

MFA 6347 Graduate Sculpture VII
In this graduate sculpture course, students will begin to become more adept in learning how to translate drawings into 3-Dimensional media such as steel, bronze, assemblage, found objects, wood, plaster, film, and installation including video and audio. Students will be expected to continue their development of a high level of drawing skill and materials and methods of sculpture both subtractive and additive techniques. All techniques used in this course and the resulting projects culminate towards each student's thesis content.

MFA 6348 Graduate Sculpture VIII
In this graduate sculpture course, students will begin to become more adept in learning how to translate drawings into 3-Dimensional media such as steel, bronze, assemblage, found objects, wood, plaster, film, and installation including video and audio. Students will be expected to continue their development of a high level of drawing skill and materials and methods of sculpture both subtractive and additive techniques. All techniques used in this course and the resulting projects culminate towards each student's thesis content.

MFA 6350 Study and Studio Abroad
This course meets during an HBU School of Art Study Abroad Trip and includes touring important artistic, architectural and religious venues. Students are expected to produce artistic works during their trip as well as gather information which will inspire future artistic crativity upon their return.

MFA 6352 GRADUATE DRAWING V
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the School of Fine Arts.

MFA 6355 Graduate Printmaking V
This course will allow a student to begin to explore in new ways one or more of the following drawing and printmaking techniques: etching, silkscreen, woodblock printing, intaglio, mono printing in the traditional and digital processes. Students will discover a personal voice in preparation for the development of their thesis content. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of printmaking techniques before enrolling.

MFA 6356 Graduate Printmaking VI
This course will allow a student to begin to explore in new ways one or more of the following drawing and printmaking techniques: etching, silkscreen, woodblock printing, intaglio, mono printing in the traditional and digital processes. Students will discover a personal voice in preparation for the development of their thesis content. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of printmaking techniques before enrolling.

MFA 6357 Graduate Printmaking VII
This course will allow a student to begin to explore in new ways one or more of the following drawing and printmaking techniques: etching, silkscreen, woodblock printing, intaglio, mono printing in the traditional and digital processes. Students will discover a personal voice in preparation for the development of their thesis content. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of printmaking techniques before enrolling.

MFA 6358 Graduate Printmaking VIII
This course will allow a student to begin to explore in new ways one or more of the following drawing and printmaking techniques: etching, silkscreen, woodblock printing, intaglio, mono printing in the traditional and digital processes. Students will discover a personal voice in preparation for the development of their thesis content. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of printmaking techniques before enrolling.

MFA 6361 Graduate Gallery and Museum Practices I
This Gallery and Museum Practices course will begin to introduce the MFA student to a conceptual and practical understanding of art exhibitions and their importance in the careers of visual artists, as well as their contributions to contemporary society. Visitations to Houston area museums and galleries will be an important component of this course. Lectures will be offered on the history of fine art venues from the late 19th century to the present. At the time of graduation, the graduate student will be also be offered the opportunity of exhibiting their MFA work in Houston Baptist University's UAC Gallery.

MFA 6362 Graduate Gallery and Museum Practices II
This Gallery and Museum Practices course will provide the MFA student with a conceptual and practical understanding of art exhibitions and their importance in the careers of visual artists, as well as their contributions to contemporary society. Visitations to Houston area museums and galleries will be an important component of this course. Lectures will be offered on the history of fine art venues from the late 19th century to the present. At the time of graduation, the graduate student will also be offered the opportunity of exhibiting their MFA work in Houston Baptist University's UAC Gallery.

MFA 6363 Graduate Gallery and Museum Practices III
This Gallery and Museum Practices course will provide the MFA student with a more sophisticated conceptual and practical understanding of art exhibitions and their importance in the careers of visual artists, as well as their contributions to contemporary society. Visitations to Houston area museums and galleries will be an important component of this course. Lectures will be offered on the history of fine art venues from the late 19th century to the present.

MFA 6364 Graduate Gallery and Museum Practices IV
This Gallery and Museum Practices course will provide the MFA student with a more sophisticated conceptual and practical understanding of art exhibitions and their importance in the careers of visual artists, as well as their contributions to contemporary society. Visitations to Houston area museums and galleries will be an important component of this course. Lectures will be offered on the history of fine art venues from the late 19th century to the present. At the time of the graduation, the graduate student will also be offered the opportunity of exhibiting their MFA work in Houston Baptist University's UAC Gallery.

MFA 6375 Van Gogh and the Post Impressionist Movement
The course deals with the major formative phase of the modern movement in art. Both Impressionist and Post Impressionist styles and artists will be examined. The focus of the course is concerned with the expressive and lively paintings of this modern master. His style will be traced from his early days in this native Holland, through his contact with the Impressionists in Paris, to his final days in Southern France.

MFA 6376 Michelangelo and Leonardo
This course is concerned with a study of the art of two of the great masters of the High Renaissance in Italy--Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo da Vinci. These two great individuals, who have had a tremendous impact in western culture from their own times through our own era, will be studied through a variety of their works.

MFA 6377 Contemporary Art Movements
This course is designed to provide an overview of the major visual art movements of the 20th century and to extend an investigation into the current art scene. An introduction will begin with study of the influence of late 19th century movements such as Impressionism, PostImpressionism, and Art Noveau.

MFA 6378 The Gothic Cathedral
This course exmaines the architectural development of the Christian Basilica from the middle of the twelfth through the sixteenth century. The Gothic Cathedral is an enduring symbol of the Middle Ages and provides one of the most important links between ancient and modern times.

MFA 6381 SPECIAL TOPICS
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the School of Fine Arts.

MFA 6385 Modern Architecture
This course is designed to provide an overview of the major developments of architecture of the 20th century pioneers. The study will include the following: the innovations of the tall buildings in America, the Bauhaus in Germany, the development of major masters of the 20th century, and new forms from new materials. An important objective of the course is to explore current architects and their contemporary efforts, and a substantial part of the course will include an investigation of the architecture of the metropolitan Houston area.

MFA 6386 Art Impressionism
This course is designed to cover the movement of Impressionism in art during the latter part of the 19th century. It is recognized as the beginning point of the modern era in art. Works by the major artists of the group to be examined include Degas, Monet, Manet, Renoir, and Pissaro.

MFA 6388 Writing About Art
The Master of Fine Arts course Writing About Art explores written documents and taped interviews by modern and contemporary artists and critics. This course differs from those that explore art historical movements, in that a primary focus is on the written and verbal statements by individual artists whether or not they agree with art historical canons. The writings are an extension of the visual artist’s studio life, with the course being organized to explore the artist as; correspondent, aesthetic statesman, critic, and collaborator. MFA students will be required to keep a journal of their own writings, as well as participate in the seminar style discussions of the assigned readings.

MFA 6392 Modern Masters - Picasso
This course consists of a thorough study of the life and art of the twentieth-century master artist, Pablo Picasso. His long and productive career is studied in the context of the complex arena of twentieth century art.

MFA 6399 Graduate Thesis/ Portfolio Development
All MFA graduate studio majors will, in this course, coordinate their thesis writing and body of art created during their MFA period of study preparing both for their Thesis MFA professional exhibition. Each student will work with their graduate committee chair, as primary instructor for this final seminar course during a full semester prior to his or her exhibition and planned graduation of the MFA program. The professor and candidate will work together to ensure the best possible portfolio development. Though not mandatory it is advised that this course be taken in one’s last semester of study prior to the MFA thesis lecture and solo exhibition. Work that has already been started relating to the student’s individual Thesis writing and creative Oeuvre will be coordinated and edited during the duration of this course. Satisfactory approval of both the instructor and the UAC Gallery director are needed prior to any MFA thesis exhibition, public MFA presentation lecture and oral thesis defense.