Houston Baptist University Catalog

Master of Fine Arts ( MFA ) Course Descriptions

  • MFA 5311 GRADUATE PAINTING I

    MFA 5311 Graduate Painting I
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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 toward a classical ability both in drawing and painting techniques and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

  • MFA 5312 GRADUATE PAINTING II

    MFA 5312 Graduate Painting II
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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 toward a classical ability both in drawing and painting techniques and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

  • MFA 5313 GRADUATE PAINTING III

    MFA 5313 Graduate Painting III
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5311 and MFA 5312
    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 toward a classical ability both in drawing and painting techniques and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

  • MFA 5314 GRADUATE PAINTING IV

    MFA 5314 Graduate Painting IV
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5311 and MFA 5312
    Graduate 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 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development toward a 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 on the development of an interdisciplinary professional discourse and creating 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. These critical thoughts lead towards the implementation of content and processes in the artists’ work. When developed the critical and spiritual path of discoveries required of any professional artist will be fully achieved.

  • MFA 5319 STRUCTURES OF POETRY

    MFA 5319 Structures of Poetry
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Structures of Poetry teaches students to read poetry thoughtfully, accurately, and wisely. Students who are experienced with reading poetry will emerge from this course as capable readers. Students who have read much poetry will emerge from this course with a much fuller understanding for the way a poem functions.

  • MFA 5321 GRADUATE DRAWING I

    MFA 5321 Graduate Drawing I
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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, drawing ability, etc. Students will be expected to continue their development toward a classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

  • MFA 5322 GRADUATE DRAWING II

    MFA 5322 Graduate Drawing II
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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 toward a classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

  • MFA 5323 GRADUATE DRAWING III

    MFA 5323 Graduate Drawing III
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5321 and MFA 5322
    Students in this course will begin to become more adept in the use of 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 toward a classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

  • MFA 5324 GRADUATE DRAWING IV

    MFA 5324 Graduate Drawing IV
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5321 and MFA 5322
    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 toward a classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

  • MFA 5328 THE HOLOCAUST:AFTER 50 YEARS

    MFA 5328 The Holocaust: After 50 Years
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    MFA 5331 Graduate Ceramics I
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    MFA 5332 Graduate Ceramics II
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    MFA 5333 Graduate Ceramics III
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5331 and MFA 5332
    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

    MFA 5334 Graduate Ceramics IV
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5331 and MFA 5332
    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 3-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

    MFA 5340 Expressionism and the Arts
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    MFA 5341 Graduate Sculpture I
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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 drawing skills along with sculpture processes both subtractive and additive techniques. All techniques used in this course and the resulting projects culminate towards the student’s thesis content.

  • MFA 5342 GRADUATE SCULPTURE II

    MFA 5342 Graduate Sculpture II
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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 drawing skills along with sculpture processes both subtractive and additive techniques. All techniques used in this course and the resulting projects culminate towards the student’s thesis content.

  • MFA 5343 GRADUATE SCULPTURE III

    MFA 5343 Graduate Sculpture III
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5341 and MFA 5342
    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 drawing skills along with sculpture processes both subtractive and additive techniques. All techniques used in this course and the resulting projects culminate towards the student’s thesis content.

  • MFA 5344 GRADUATE SCULPTURE IV

    MFA 5344 Graduate Sculpture IV
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5341 and MFA 5342
    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 drawing skills along with sculpture processes both subtractive and additive techniques. All techniques used in this course and the resulting projects culminate towards the student’s thesis content.

  • MFA 5351 GRADUATE PRINTMAKING I

    MFA 5351 Graduate Printmaking I
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    MFA 5352 Graduate Printmaking II
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    MFA 5353 Graduate Printmaking III
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5351 and MFA 5352
    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

    MFA 5354 Graduate Printmaking IV
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5351 and MFA 5352
    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 5363 EXPER DIGIT METHD/MATRIALS III

    MFA 5363 Graduate Experimental Digital Methods and Materials III
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5361 and MFA 5362
    This course will enhance the fine arts studio experience by integrating experimental digital tools. Starting with simple and practical image editing and correction, the student quickly branches out into using the computer as another important tool in creating art. Course topics may include: working with digital photography, digital drawing and painting, 3D software, sound art, video art and the technology behind installation art. The students will research the history of movements within digital art (Generative Art, glitch, Datamoshing, etc.) They will explore the virtual tools and materials that state-of-the-art digital media has to offer. These cutting-edge programs (including Painter, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Ableton Live, etc.) provide an amazing variety of flexible and expressive possibilities. This digital studio course is designed to integrate with the hands-on studio experience, opening new dynamic, creative directions for the student as they develop their thesis.

  • MFA 5381 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    MFA 5381 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • MFA 5382 THE GREEK WORLD

    MFA 5382 The Greek World
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    MFA 5383 The Roman World
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    MFA 5384 The Medieval World
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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 RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION

    MFA 5385 The Renaissance and Reformation
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    MFA 5386 The Enlightenment
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    MFA 5387 The Modern World
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    MFA 5388 The Last Fifty Years
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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/HUMAN EXP I

    MFA 5390 Western Culture and Human Experience
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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/HUMAN EXP II

    MFA 5391 Western Culture and Human Experience II
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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/HUMAN EXP III

    MFA 5392 Western Culture and Human Experience II
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    MFA 6315 Graduate Painting V
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5311 and MFA 5312 and MFA 5313 and MFA 5314
    Graduate 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 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development toward a 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 on the development of an interdisciplinary professional discourse and creating 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. These critical thoughts lead towards the implementation of content and processes in the artists’ work. When developed the critical and spiritual path of discoveries required of any professional artist will be fully achieved.

  • MFA 6316 GRADUATE PAINTING VI

    MFA 6316 Graduate Painting VI
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5311 and MFA 5312 and MFA 5313 and MFA 5314
    Graduate 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 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development toward a 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 on the development of an interdisciplinary professional discourse and creating 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. These critical thoughts lead towards the implementation of content and processes in the artists’ work. When developed the critical and spiritual path of discoveries required of any professional artist will be fully achieved.

  • MFA 6317 GRADUATE PAINTING VII

    MFA 6317 Graduate Painting VII
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5311 and MFA 5312 and MFA 5313 and MFA 5314 and MFA 6315 and MFA 6316
    Graduate 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 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development toward a 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 on the development of an interdisciplinary professional discourse and creating 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. These critical thoughts lead towards the implementation of content and processes in the artists’ work. When developed the critical and spiritual path of discoveries required of any professional artist will be fully achieved.

  • MFA 6318 GRADUATE PAINTING VIII

    MFA 6318 Graduate Painting VIII
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5311 and MFA 5312 and MFA 5313 and MFA 5314 and MFA 6315 and MFA 6316
    Graduate 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 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development toward a 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 on the development of an interdisciplinary professional discourse and creating 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. These critical thoughts lead towards the implementation of content and processes in the artists’ work. When developed the critical and spiritual path of discoveries required of any professional artist will be fully achieved.

  • MFA 6324 THE ART OF BEING HUMAN

    MFA 6324 The Art of Being Human
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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 V

    MFA 6325 Graduate Drawing IV
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5321 and MFA 5322 and MFA 5323 and MFA 5324
    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 toward a classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

  • MFA 6326 GRADUATE DRAWING VI

    MFA 6326 Graduate Drawing VI
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5321 and MFA 5322 and MFA 5323 and MFA 5324
    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 toward a classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

  • MFA 6327 GRADUATE DRAWING VII

    MFA 6327 Graduate Drawing VII
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5321 and MFA 5322 and MFA 5323 and MFA 5324 and MFA 6325 and MFA 6326
    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 toward a classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

  • MFA 6328 GRADUATE DRAWING VIII

    MFA 6328 Graduate Drawing VIII
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5321 and MFA 5322 and MFA 5323 and MFA 5324 and MFA 6325 and MFA 6326
    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 toward a classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

  • MFA 6335 GRADUATE CERAMICS V

    MFA 6335 Graduate Ceramics V
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5331 and MFA 5332 and MFA 5333 and MFA 5334
    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 3-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

    MFA 6336 Graduate Ceramics VI
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5331 and MFA 5332 and MFA 5333 and MFA 5334
    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 3-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

    MFA 6337 Graduate Ceramics VII
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5331 and MFA 5332 and MFA 5333 and MFA 5334 and MFA 6335 and MFA 6336
    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 3-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

    MFA 6338 Graduate Ceramics VIII
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5331 and MFA 5332 and MFA 5333 and MFA 5334 and MFA 6335 and MFA 6336
    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 3-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

    MFA 6345 Graduate Sculpture V
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5341 and MFA 5342 and MFA 5343 and MFA 5344
    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

    MFA 6346 Graduate Sculpture VI
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5341 and MFA 5342 and MFA 5343 and MFA 5344
    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

    MFA 6347 Graduate Sculpture VII
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5341 and MFA 5342 and MFA 5343 and MFA 5344 and MFA 6345 and MFA 6346
    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

    MFA 6348 Graduate Sculpture VIII
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5341 and MFA 5342 and MFA 5343 and MFA 5344 and MFA 6345 and MFA 6346
    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 6352 GRADUATE DRAWING V

    MFA 6352 Graduate Drawing V
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5321 and MFA 5322 and MFA 5323 and MFA 5324
    This course will allow students to use the processes of wet and dry media, including watercolor, ink, charcoal, pastel, cont? combined with new and experimental media including encaustic, rubbing etc. Students will be expected to continue their development toward a for classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

  • MFA 6355 GRADUATE PRINTMAKING V

    MFA 6355 Graduate Printmaking V
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5351 and MFA 5353 and MFA 5353 and MFA 5354
    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

    MFA 6356 Graduate Printmaking VI
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5351 and MFA 5352 and MFA 5353 and MFA 5354
    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

    MFA 6357 Graduate Printmaking VII
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5351 and MFA 5352 and MFA 5353 and MFA 5354 and MFA 6355 and MFA 6357
    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

    MFA 6358 Graduate Printmaking VIII
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5351 and MFA 5352 and MFA 5353 and MFA 5354 and MFA 6355 and MFA 6357
    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 GRAD GALLERY/MUSEUM PRACTICE I

    MFA 6361 Graduate Gallery and Museum Practices I
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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. Visits 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 6362 GRAD GALLERY/MUSEUM PRAC II

    MFA 6362 Graduate Gallery and Museum Practices II
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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. Visits 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 6363 GRAD GALLERY/MUSEUM PRAC III

    MFA 6363 Graduate Gallery and Museum Practices III
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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. Visits 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 GRAD GALLERY/MUSEUM PRAC IV

    MFA 6364 Graduate Gallery and Museum Practices IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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. Visits 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 6365 EXPER DIGIT METHD/MATERIALS V

    MFA 6365 Graduate Experimental Digital Methods and Materials V
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5361 and MFA 5362 and MFA 5363 and MFA 5364
    These courses will enhance the fine arts studio experience by integrating experimental digital tools. Starting with simple and practical image editing and correction, the student quickly branches out into using the computer as another important tool in creating art. Course topics may include: working with digital photography, digital drawing and painting, 3D software, sound art, video art and the technology behind installation art. The students will research the history of movements within digital art (Generative Art, glitch, Datamoshing, etc.) They will explore the virtual tools and materials that state-of-the-art digital media has to offer. These cutting-edge programs (including Painter, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Ableton Live, etc.) provide an amazing variety of flexible and expressive possibilities. These digital studio courses are designed to integrate with the hands-on studio experience. Opening new dynamic, creative directions for the student as they develop their thesis.

  • MFA 6366 EXPER DIGIT METHD/MATERIALS VI

    MFA 6366 Graduate Experimental Digital Methods and Materials VI
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5361 and MFA 5362 and NFA 5363 and MFA 5364
    These courses will enhance the fine arts studio experience by integrating experimental digital tools. Starting with simple and practical image editing and correction, the student quickly branches out into using the computer as another important tool in creating art. Course topics may include: working with digital photography, digital drawing and painting, 3D software, sound art, video art and the technology behind installation art. The students will research the history of movements within digital art (Generative Art, glitch, Datamoshing, etc.) They will explore the virtual tools and materials that state-of-the-art digital media has to offer. These cutting-edge programs (including Painter, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Ableton Live, etc.) provide an amazing variety of flexible and expressive possibilities. These digital studio courses are designed to integrate with the hands-on studio experience. Opening new dynamic, creative directions for the student as they develop their thesis.

  • MFA 6367 EXPER DIGIT METHD/MATRIALS VII

    MFA 6367 Graduate Experimental Digital Methods and Materials VII
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5361 and MFA 5362 and MFA 5363 and MFA 5364 and MFA 6365 and MFA 6366
    These courses will enhance the fine arts studio experience by integrating experimental digital tools. Starting with simple and practical image editing and correction, the student quickly branches out into using the computer as another important tool in creating art. Course topics may include: working with digital photography, digital drawing and painting, 3D software, sound art, video art and the technology behind installation art. The students will research the history of movements within digital art (Generative Art, glitch, Datamoshing, etc.) They will explore the virtual tools and materials that state-of-the-art digital media has to offer. These cutting-edge programs (including Painter, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Ableton Live, etc.) provide an amazing variety of flexible and expressive possibilities. These digital studio courses are designed to integrate with the hands-on studio experience. Opening new dynamic, creative directions for the student as they develop their thesis.

  • MFA 6368 EXPER DIGIT METHD/MATERLS VIII

    MFA 6368 Graduate Experimental Digital Methods and Materials VIII
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5361 and MFA 5362 and MFA 5363 and MFA 5364 and MFA 6365 and MFA 6366
    These courses will enhance the fine arts studio experience by integrating experimental digital tools. Starting with simple and practical image editing and correction, the student quickly branches out into using the computer as another important tool in creating art. Course topics may include: working with digital photography, digital drawing and painting, 3D software, sound art, video art and the technology behind installation art. The students will research the history of movements within digital art (Generative Art, glitch, Datamoshing, etc.) They will explore the virtual tools and materials that state-of-the-art digital media has to offer. These cutting-edge programs (including Painter, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Ableton Live, etc.) provide an amazing variety of flexible and expressive possibilities. These digital studio courses are designed to integrate with the hands-on studio experience. Opening new dynamic, creative directions for the student as they develop their thesis.

  • MFA 6375 VAN GOGH/POST IMPRESSIONIST MV

    MFA 6375 Van Gogh and the Post-Impressionist Movement
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    MFA 6376 Michelangelo and Leonardo
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    MFA 6377 Contemporary Art Movements
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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, Post-Impressionism, and Art Noveau.

  • MFA 6378 THE GOTHIC CATHEDRAL

    MFA 6378 The Gothic Cathedral
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course examines 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 TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    MFA 6381 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • MFA 6385 MODERN ARCHITECTURE

    MFA 6385 Modern Architecture
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    MFA 6386 Art Impressionism
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    MFA 6388 Writing About Art
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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

    MFA 6392 Modern Masters – Picasso
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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 THESIS/PORTFOLIO PREPARATION

    MFA 6399 Graduate Thesis/ Portfolio Development
    Prerequisite(s): None
    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 their last semester. The professor and candidate will work together to ensure the best possible portfolio development. 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 Art faculty and the UAC Gallery director are needed prior to any MFA thesis exhibition, public MFA presentation lecture and oral thesis defense.