MFA Degree Policy
1.1 Faculty are free to view all applications from all media areas. Faculty may make recommendations regarding admission of any applicant, even those outside his or her media area. However, final decisions regarding admission of any student will be determined by representatives from the applicant’s chosen media area.
1.2 Students applying to the MFA program are not required to take the GRE. GRE scores will not factor into the admissions process.
1.3 Applicants must meet the Graduate School standard of at least a 3.0 grade point average the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
1.4 Students from countries where English is not the native language are required to take the TOEFL and must achieve a total score of 80 (internet-based), 213 (computer-based), or 550 (paper-based). A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is also acceptable for admission.
1.5 The preferred degree for graduate admission is a Bachelor of Fine Arts. However, students holding the BA, BS or other bachelor’s degrees are eligible to apply if they have a minimum of 40 hours of undergraduate studio credits or an equivalent commensurate professional experience.
1.6 In order to provide consistent, long-term mentoring for incoming graduate students, a full-time tenured, tenure-track, or full time teaching faculty member must agree to serve as the chair of the student’s committee for the duration of the student’s program of study. In those media areas lacking full-time faculty, a tenured or tenure-track faculty member from another media area must agree to serve as the Chair of the incoming student’s committee for the duration of the student’s program of study prior to acceptance of any graduate students.
2. TIME LIMIT TO COMPLETE THE MFA DEGREE
2.1 MFA candidates are expected to pursue their degree studies in an expeditious manner. Graduate School policy allows for six semesters of financial support for teaching assistantships. In accord with this, the Department of Art will also limit the allocation of graduate studio space to MFA candidates to six semesters (not counting permitted leaves of absence). At that time, if course work is not complete, the students will be responsible for supplying their own studio needs. A one-semester extension of studio allocation will be considered upon the written request of the candidate's advisor to the director of graduate studies.
2.2 The total time limit for completion of the MFA degree is five years. Time spent in military service is excluded, but for an extension for other reasons, the student must petition the Graduate School through his/her advisor. The five-year period will extend from the beginning of the first semester of enrollment in which the student is accepted to a degree program to the date of his/her clearance to graduate.
3. LEAVE OF ABSENCES POLICIES AND PROCEDURE
(According to the Graduate School’s policies stated in the 2009-2010 MU Graduate Catalog)
3.1 Contact adviser and director of graduate studies. Students considering a leave of absence that will result in a break in enrollment of one or more semesters must first contact the graduate adviser and the academic degree program’s director of graduate studies to inform them of their intent, the reason for requesting leave and the expected duration.
3.2 Contact Graduate School. After leave approval by the academic program, the director of graduate studies and the student will submit letters to the dean of the Graduate School. The DGS letter will verify that the academic program has been informed and that a leave of absence has been approved. The letter from the student will provide an explanation for the request as well as the anticipated departure and return date.
3.3 Impact of a Leave on the Extension of Degree Time and Continuous Enrollment.. Time spent on leave does not automatically extend limits for completion of the graduate degree but can be considered in a request for an extension.
3.4 Notification for Re-Entry. Before the completion of the Leave of Absence, the student must notify the academic program’s director of graduate studies and the Graduate School so that the re-entry process can be initiated.
3.5 Contact with the University During Leave. Students on a Leave of Absence may not make significant use of University resources and services or engage in significant consultation with
4. COURSE REQUIREMENTS
4.1 The MFA program consists of 60 credit hours. The degree includes 30 hours in the major area, nine (9) hours in the minor area, three (3) hours of Graduate Studio Seminar (to be taken three (3) semesters for one (1) credit hour), six (6) hours of Art History and a minimum of one (1) hour of MFA Research hours (Thesis Documentation). The course of study is rounded out with 11 hours of electives.
4.2 According to the departmental policy adopted by faculty in September 2004, every student who pursues an MFA in the Department of Art is required to take a minimum of six (6) hours of graduate level Art History courses while in residence at the University of Missouri. (Effective January 2005).
4.3 All courses, including courses outside of the department, must be at the 7000+ graduate levels. At least 15 hours of the 60 credit hours must be at the 8000 and/or 9000 graduate levels. The degree will not be granted solely upon the completion of the prescribed number of credit hours, but also upon the student’s high level of creative achievement as determined by the student’s Graduate Thesis Committee.
a. A 3000-4000 level Art History course may be taken for graduate credit by enrolling in
ARHA 7960: Special Reading in AHA after obtaining permission from the undergraduate course instructor.
4.4 If a graduate student wishes to change the area of concentration/major once accepted into the MFA program, a formal request needs to be forwarded to the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). The DGS will discuss the proposed change with the student’s advisory committee and the primary faculty member in the new area of concentration. If all faculty involved approve the change, a new committee will be configured and the appropriate forms will be filed to formalized the new committee and area of study. A portfolio of current work should accompany this request.
- After a change in concentration a student is required to fulfill all of the requirements of the curriculum in the new major area (ie. 30 hours studio credit in the major area)
5. MFA DEGREE PROGRAM FORMS
5.1 At the beginning of the first year of master’s work in the Art Department, a student must submit departmental and graduate school forms, which will aid the department and Graduate School in planning an academically appropriate course of study and in recording the student’s progress toward the MFA degree program completion. These forms include the following:
- Tentative Course Plan. Presents an outline of courses to be taken in order to complete the MFA degree and formulate the three (3) faculty committee members. It is also used to record the results of the annual graduate review, which will be scheduled during the first, the third and the fifth semesters of study, unless a student is on probation. The form should be completed with the assistance of the committee chair by the end of the first semester and filed with the department before the first Graduate Review. The director of graduate studies must approve this form.
- Program of Study Form (M-1). Provides the student, the department and the Graduate School with a plan for all course work, transfer credit, and research hours that will comprise a student’s program of study. It serves as a general plan for the student to follow. Submit to the Graduate School by the end of the second semester.
•Must include a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit in major area selected from courses numbered 7000 and above.
•Must include a minimum of nine (9) hours of graduate credit in minor area.
•Must include a minimum of three (3) hours of graduate credit in Art 9010, Graduate Studio Seminar. (Effective Fall 2002)
•Must include one (1) hour of graduate credit in Art 8090, MFA Thesis Exhibit Doc.
•Must include a minimum of six (6) hours of graduate credit of Art History (Effective August 2005)
•Fifteen of the 30-hour minimum must be selected from courses numbered 8000 and/or 9000 level.
•No more than 40 % (24 credit hours) of the 30-hour credit can be satisfied by research, readings and problems courses.
•Remaining coursework can be taken in any other area including major area.
- Program of Study Course Substitution Form. Submit to the Graduate School when there are any changes in the program of study that had been previously approved by the Graduate School. The committee chair and the director of graduate studies must sign this form before it is sent to the Graduate School. This form is available from the department and from the Graduate School.
- Request for Thesis Committee (M-2). Reports the membership of your thesis committee. A thesis committee is composed of three members of the MU faculty: a major advisor from the department/program, a second reader from the department/program and an outside reader who is a member of the graduate faculty from a different MU graduate program. This form will not be processed or approved by the Graduate School without a M-1 form on file. Submit to the Graduate School by the end of the second semester.
- Graduate Student Change of Committee. Submit to the Graduate School for approval when there are any changes in your committee. These changes will also need the approval of the department’s director of graduate studies and your committee chair.
- Application for Change of Degree Program, Emphasis Area, Degree, and/or Advisor. Use this form to change your advisor or emphasis area, or add an additional degree program. This form must be signed by the departmental director of graduate studies and forwarded to the Graduate Admissions Office. Example – a graduate student in the post-baccalaureate program or another graduate program who wishes to apply for admission into the MFA degree program should include this form with their portfolio.
- Application for Change of Emphasis Area within the Department of Art. Use this form to change the emphasis area within the department. A portfolio in the new emphasis area must be presented to and approved by the new major advisor and the Graduate Studies Committee. The Director of Graduate Studies must approve this application before it becomes effective.
- Clearance Form. Presents evidence of satisfactory progress on the written statement and nucleus of work to be included in the thesis exhibition. Submit to the department within six months of the mounting of the exhibition.
- Report of Master’s Examining Committee Form (M-3). Records the result of the two-hour final oral examination and the thesis exhibition. Submit to the Graduate School as soon as possible after the exam, thesis exhibit or thesis defense.
6. GRADUATE THESIS COMMITTEE FOR MFA DEGREE CANDIDATES
6.1 The committee will consist of three regular faculty members, which includes the major advisor as chairperson. If appropriate, and especially for oral examinations, there may be more than three. One faculty member must be from outside the department.
- Adjunct Faculty. May serve as a Committee Chair or Committee Member only in academic programs in which they are appointed and approved for Graduate Faculty membership as appropriate for the student’s degree (Master’s). Service on graduate committees outside the academic program in which they are appointed requires a recommendation by the director of graduate studies from the student’s home academic program and approval by the vice provost for advanced studies. (According to the Graduate School’s policies stated in the 2009-2010 MU Graduate Catalog)
- Approval of a Non-MU Faculty Member. Upon approval of the academic program’s director of graduate studies, the student may petition the Graduate School to allow a person who is not a member of the MU graduate faculty to serve as the third reader.
The petition should include a written justification for such a request and a copy of the person’s curriculum vitae.
(According to the Graduate School’s policies stated in the 2009-2010 MU Graduate Catalog)
6.2 Formation of the Committee and Committee changes
- The major advisor will be established upon admission to the MFA program by the director of graduate studies in consultation with the director of the student’s given media area.
- All department level committee members will be named before a student’s first review in his or her second semester.
- The full committee, including the outside reader will be established by the end of the candidate’s third semester when the M-2 form is filed.
- Students may change their major advisor at any point before the beginning of their third semester. A student must provide compelling reasons for changing their major advisor in writing to the director of graduate studies before any requests will be considered. A change of major advisor must be approved by the director of graduate studies in consultation with the current and proposed major advisors and any committee member who is directly affected by the change.
- The director of graduate studies, after consulting with the major professor, must approve any changes to the committee after it has been established in the second semester. Such changes should be considered rare and unusual
- Under normal circumstances, committee changes will not be accepted after the fourth semester in the degree program.
- In the case of sabbatical, research leave, or other absence of one or more of the graduate committee members, committees may be changed at any time with the approval of the director of graduate studies after consultation with committee members.
6.3 The responsibilities of the Committee include the following:
- Oversee the progress of the student during program implementation.
- Meet with the student prior to the fifth week of each semester to discuss the overall program and expectations for the program; to assist with the preparation of the tentative course plan (due by the end of the first semester); to verify the completion of the M-1 and M-2 forms (due by the end of the second semester); and to discuss preparation for Graduate Review.
- Participation in the Graduate Review. The committee will meet with the student after the Graduate Review to discuss the faculty ballots and to record the ballots on the Tentative Course Plan Form.
- In accordance with the published Graduate School deadlines, the major advisor will assist the student in preparing the Program of Study Form (M-1) and will then submit the M-1 to the director of graduate studies for a signature. This form will then be sent directly to the Graduate School. (The M-1 form is due by the end of the second semester.)
- Advise in preparation and receive for approval final written MFA thesis and accompanying photographic record and slides of work for slide library.
- Advise in the selection preparation of the final exhibition, if requested.
- Participate in the final oral examination and prepare the report on the M-3 form. The principal advisor is to submit the M-3 form to the director of graduate studies in accordance with the published Graduate School deadlines. (Due two weeks prior to graduation)
7. GRADUATE REVIEW
7.1 As per Graduate School Guidelines, all MFA candidates will be evaluated annually for satisfactory progress toward their degree. The procedure for this evaluation process is outlined below:
7.2 Each student must successfully pass review, with a majority of Low Pass, Pass, and High Pass votes, a minimum three times in her or his graduate career.
7.3 Any student staying in the program beyond six semesters will be subject to additional graduate reviews on an annual basis.
As per Graduate School Guidelines, all MFA candidates will be evaluated annually for satisfactory progress towards their degree. This process is called the Graduate Review that occurs after mid-semester every fall and spring. All M.F.A. candidates are required to participate in the Graduate Review in her or his first and third semester of their 3-year M.F.A. program. The process for evaluation includes the Graduate Review Presentation before the Graduate Review Committee (the full faculty), followed by a meeting with the candidate’s Graduate Thesis Committee members who will report the results of the Evaluation Voting Process.
- The Graduate Thesis Committee: This committee is composed of three members of the MU Graduate Faculty Senate: a major advisor from the department who is initially assigned when a candidate is admitted to the program, a second reader from the department, and a reader who is outside of the Department of Art.
- The Graduate Review Presentation: This is an oral presentation with an accompanying temporary exhibition in which a designated M.F.A. candidate represents his or her artwork and studio practice to the Graduate Review Committee. A presentation and subsequent Q&A session last in total from 30-45 minutes.
- The Graduate Review Committee: This committee is composed of any full-time faculty members who attend the Graduate Review Presentation and who are eligible for MFA Graduate Thesis Committee duty through approval of the department and the Graduate Faculty Senate of the University of Missouri.
- The Evaluation Voting Process: After the presentation, the Graduate Review Committee submits ballots with comments assessing the progress of the graduate presenter to her or his Graduate Thesis Committee Chairman. That committee later meets with the graduate student to report the results of the assessment. The assessment determines promotion, department or dismissal of the graduate student within the program guidelines.
- The purpose of the Graduate Review is to assess the progress of each graduate student at least three key points throughout the course of their study. This review is to insure communication between graduate students and faculty members about that progress.
- The Graduate Review also provides graduate students with the opportunity to reflect upon the direction of their work via the challenge of articulating the ideas about that work in a professional way.
- Finally, it is a tool for enriching the artistic community within the department. It brings together the bulk of faculty members to see the progress of students with whom they otherwise might have little contact. All these factors will help to maintain the highest possible level of artistic quality and achievement in our graduate program.
7.6 THE EVALUATION VOTING POLICY
- The Graduate Review Committee will be comprised of all full-time faculty members of the Department of Art, including lecturers, assistant teaching professors, and visiting assistant professors. The Director of Graduate Studies will serve as the committee chair and will be responsible for scheduling reviews and overseeing the evaluation process and the proper conduct of the review process.
- The major professor and the second art faculty member of the student’s thesis committee will be required to attend those reviews during which their student’s work is under review. No review of a student’s work will occur in the absence of the major professor and the student’s second committee member.
- All Graduate Review Committee members, including the Director of Graduate Studies, the major professor, and the student’s second committee member, will have a full vote.
- Members of the Graduate Review Committee will use the following voting procedure in evaluating the work of Master of Fine Arts students: High Pass, Pass, Low Pass, or Probation. A vote of High Pass, Pass or Low Pass will count as a satisfactory vote. A majority vote would rule. In the case of a tie vote, that vote will be considered favorable to the student. In order for a student to be placed on departmental probation, a majority of the voting members must vote for Probation.
- Comments are offered at the discretion of each voting member.
- Any member of the Graduate Thesis Committee unable to attend may submit to Brenda Warren an absentee vote within one week of the Graduate Review Presentation.
7.7 PROBATION/DISMISSAL/REAPPLICATION PROCEDURE
- Departmental Probation
1) If more than half of the faculty members vote to put a student on probation, the student will be placed on departmental probation for the following term.
2) Students who are placed on probation must go through Graduate Review again the semester following their probationary vote, called the “Probationary Review”.
3) Probationary Review will follow the same procedure as Graduate Review.
4) An unsatisfactory vote in a Probationary Review is a vote for Dismissal rather than continued probation. This is reflected on the ballot.
5) Departmental probation does not constitute Academic Probation at the graduate school level (see 13.6c).
6) For students entering the program on probation their first review will function as a probationary review. Thus, a failing vote will result in dismissal.
7) Students who accumulate 10 or more Incomplete (I) credits, will automatically be placed on probation and be required to go through the graduate review process.
8) Students will be given one semester to complete an incomplete grade. Faculty giving incomplete grades need to notify the graduate coordinator or the Director of Graduate Studies after the grade is given.
1) When a student fails a Probationary Review, he/she is dismissed from the program. The reapplication process precludes the appeals procedure. The student may reapply into a specific media area in the program after a minimum of two semesters providing sufficient progress has been made toward the degree and that the portfolio demonstrates graduate quality work.
- Reapplication and Reentry Procedure
1) The student submits a letter of application requesting reentry into a specific media area detailing how the work has improved since probation. The letter should also address how the issues raised at the time of dismissal have been addressed/resolved. If a student determines that he/she wishes to change to another media area, he/she must go through the normal application procedure.
2) Submit a portfolio of work since the time of dismissal.
3) The Graduate Studies Committee and the former Advisory Graduate committee members will review the portfolio of the student in question.
4) A decision to allow the student to reenter the program will be based on the evaluation of the combined committees. The applicant must have unanimous support from the combined committee in order to be readmitted.
7.8 APPEAL PROCEDURE AFTER DISMISSAL FROM THE MFA PROGRAM
In the event of a failed Probationary Review a student is dismissed from the program. At that time the student may appeal. For the purposes of the Art Department, an appeal is a consideration of issues of due process and whether the student progressed sufficiently toward the MFA. If a student wishes to appeal, these procedures will be followed:
- Within 10 days following the Art Department’s Graduate Review, the student who received failing scores in two sequential Graduate Reviews will be notified by a formal letter from his/her primary advisor and the director of graduate studies.
- Within 15 days following written notification, the student must submit a letter to the director of graduate studies stating the reasons for the appeal.
- The director of graduate studies will notify the student’s primary advisor of the receipt of the appeal letter.
- The student’s Graduate Committee will submit a letter to the director of graduate studies and the appellant stating the reasons for dismissal within 15 days of receiving the Notice of Appeal from the student.
- The Appeals Committee will be comprised of the chair of the department, the director of graduate studies and an external reviewer. In the event the director of graduate studies and/or the chair of the department are members of the student’s committee, the chair will designate another person and the director of graduate studies will select another member of the Graduate Studies Committee. The Graduate Appeals Committee will meet to discuss the appeal. Separate meetings of the appellant and the student’s advisor will occur on the same day within a one-hour time period. Each meeting will be limited to 30 minutes per party; 15 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes of questions/answers.
- Within 30 days after the Art Department’s Graduate Appeals Committee receives the Notice of Appeal from the student, the Graduate Appeal Committee will reach a decision and forward the decision, in writing, to:
• the appellant
• the appellant’s primary advisor
• the chairperson of the student’s department
• the vice provost/graduate dean
• the graduate faculty senate president
• any other appropriate party named in the appeal
- The Appeals Committee decision may include one or more of the following:
• Authorize an additional portfolio review to determine reinstatement or dismissal
• Dismissal from the program
• Reinstatement based on procedural issues
- If the final decision of the Appeals Committee determines the student was successful in their appeal, the student will be reinstated and reviewed the following semester.
- The decision of the Graduate Appeals Committee is binding.
7.9 DELAY OF REGULARLY SCHEDULE GRADUATE REVIEW
- A committee may choose to delay regularly scheduled graduate review in consultation with the student, if it is deemed that the student is not sufficiently prepared.
- This decision must be made by a majority of the committee and the student.
- Upon delaying a regularly scheduled review, the student will be placed on departmental probation and required to go through review the following semester.
8. FINAL REVIEW [formerly 1st Clearance]
8.1 Final review is the last assessment of all MFA candidates for satisfactory progress towards their degree.
8.2 Each MFA student must pass a Final Review before his/her Graduate Thesis Committee during his/her fifth semester.
8.3 At least three members of the Graduate Thesis Committee must be present for the final review meeting.
8.4 The Graduate Thesis Committee will use the Evaluation Voting Policy (7.6 above) during the final review process.
8.4 Final Review will take place during the semester before the MFA candidate plans to mount his/her thesis exhibition.
8.5 The purpose of the Final Review meeting is to gage the preparation of the candidate’s body of work for the thesis exhibition and the written thesis.
8.6 A vote for probation during the final review will result in probation.
8.7 A probationary review following a probationary vote in the final review will be conducted by the thesis committee.
8.8 At the time of the clearance meeting a student must submit a thorough outline and abstract of the proposed written thesis. Additionally, the student must present a nucleus of the work which is to be included in the thesis exhibition. Committees may require additional writing to be done if deemed necessary.
9.1 Clearance will take place three weeks prior to the mounting of the exhibition.
9.2 The purpose of the Clearance meetings is to ascertain the readiness of the MFA candidate to mount his/her exhibition, complete the written thesis and graduate.
9.3 At the time of final clearance, which must take place three weeks prior to the thesis exhibition, a student must submit a draft of the thesis to the committee for evaluation. This draft should articulate at least 75% of the student’s outlined content. Revisions and changes recommended by the committee will be made and returned to the student.
10. WRITTEN THESIS
10.1 The MFA Program requires a written thesis to accompany the culminating thesis exhibition. A thesis is traditionally regarded as an idea or concept which is either proved or disproved. The written thesis in the department of art is a formal piece of writing intended to fully contextualize the artwork shown in the thesis exhibition.
10.2 Content of the Thesis:
- An abstract – a concise summary of the student’s thesis.
- A discussion of the themes or concepts underpinning the exhibition. This should include clearly stated intentions that the artist has in making the work.
- Thorough description and formal analysis of the work that illustrate how the themes or concepts are visually present therein, including a discussion of materials, processes, influences, presentation methods, etc.
- An accounting of the intended cultural impact of the work - how the work is intended to fit into a broader context of the art world and our culture today. This could include an interpretation of the completed work in political, social, economic, ethical, philosophical, art historical or other terms.
10.3 The written thesis must include a list of all works displayed in the final exhibition. Each work should be identified by title, medium, size, date of completion, and other appropriate descriptions.
10.4 The written thesis must be accompanied by a photographic record, in the form of digital images. These should be identified by title, medium, size and date of completion.
10.5 Thesis must adhere to the guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style.
10.6 Timetable and deadlines for the completion of the written thesis
- At the time of the final Clearance, a student must submit a draft of the thesis to the committee for evaluation. Clearance will be scheduled at least three weeks prior to the oral examination. This draft should articulate at least 75% of the student’s outlined content as determined by the thesis committee. Revisions and changes recommended by the committee will be made and returned to the student to aid in the production of subsequent drafts.
- A photographic record of the graduate thesis exhibition must be submitted to a student’s graduate thesis committee no later than two weeks after the thesis exhibition closes.
- The completed thesis with the photographic or video record must be submitted to the committee no later than two weeks prior to the graduate school’s thesis submission date as outlined on the graduate school website.
- Students should consult the Chicago Manual of Style and obtain a copy of the Graduate School’s “Guidelines” to use as a resource. Thesis and dissertation policies and University of Missouri Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines can be obtained online at:
11. GUIDELINES FOR THE THESIS EXHIBITION
11.1 ALLOCATION OF GALLERY SPACE
- The student will arrange the scheduling of a final exhibition in the Bingham Gallery or another appropriate approved campus or city facility. Scheduling of the final exhibition in the Bingham Gallery should be arranged with the gallery director at least one year prior to the exhibition. A period of time is reserved for this purpose on the gallery schedule each semester. A one-person show is not guaranteed.
- If more than one student is to present the final exhibition in the same semester or term, the time scheduled in the Bingham Gallery will be divided among the students to allow for one, two or more person exhibitions. All MFA exhibitions must be a minimum of one week in duration. All exhibition decisions will be made at the discretion of the Gallery Committee. If there is an impasse within the committee, then the final decision will be made by the gallery director.
- The student must contact the gallery director by mid-term of the semester or term of expected graduation to reconfirm the arrangement for the final exhibition.
- Publicity, such as post cards, posters and press releases, and refreshment expenses are the student’s responsibility. (A publicity packet will be provided with the necessary information) The public information committee may be consulted regarding publicity procedures. Students should prepare a press release and electronically submit it to the gallery staff assistant six weeks prior to the show opening. The Gallery Committee reserves the right to modify the press release to ensure that departmental standards are maintained. If a gallery talk or any other special event is planned in conjunction with the show, this information should be included in the press release. The gallery staff assistant will send out the press release to the various list serves used by the Art Department.
- The department chairperson must be notified in advance of plans for a special opening to comply with campus regulations for use of university facilities during irregular hours.
- Information in the form of a poster for the gallery entrance sign should be given to the office staff assistant for the gallery.
- Announcements or posters for the exhibition must include the following:
University of Missouri
Department of Art
Candidate for the Master of Fine Arts Degree
- The department does not provide the services of a guard.
11.2 EXHIBITION CONTENTS
- The major content of the final examination must be work done in residence at UMC, of which the larger portion should represent the major area of emphasis and the lesser amount the minor.
- All work in the exhibition must be labeled.
- No university insurance is available and the Department of Art will assume no responsibility for loss by theft or damage.
- Sale of work from the exhibition is permitted. The department will facilitate and assist
- student with sales. Work which is sold may not be removed from the exhibition until the exhibition closes.
11.3 MFA THESIS SHOW GUIDELINES
- The dates for the installation and dismantling of the exhibition will be determined by the student and gallery staff. Hanging, labeling and lighting of exhibition is the responsibility of the MFA candidate. The student must provide all necessary tools, wire, hardware, etc.
- The gallery will provide the student with a key, spackling compound, a ladder and paint as well as whatever cases or bases the gallery has available.
- The opening or closing reception is the responsibility of the student. This includes the purchasing of food and alcohol. If alcohol is served, an alcohol permit is required two weeks prior to the reception. This form can be obtained from the gallery staff assistant and must be displayed during the reception. A server must be designated to prevent the serving of alcohol to underage guests. The gallery will provide a table, a table cloth and a trash can.
- When the show is taken down, it is the responsibility of the student to remove all nails and labels, then spackle and paint all holes.
11.4 GALLERY MAINTENANCE
- Any physical alterations of the gallery must be approved by the gallery director prior to the installing of the exhibition. The student will be responsible for restoring the physical appearance of the gallery to its original state upon the closing of his/her exhibition.
- The gallery must be left in good condition. All nails, labels, props and other items must be removed and properly stored.
12. TWO-HOUR FINAL ORAL EXAMINATION
12.1 Examiners will include the student’s graduate faculty committee. Substitutions or additions to the examining committee may be made from the studio art faculty. One graduate faculty member from an area other than studio art must be included when considered appropriate by the student’s faculty committee.
12.2 The student will notify the examiners of the time of the oral examination, which will be
scheduled during the exhibition and in the gallery where the exhibition is displayed.
12.3 The examination will be based on questions about the work in the exhibition, the written thesis, and aspects of academic study.
12.4 Evaluation of Exhibition. Satisfactory completion of the MFA thesis exhibition
requirement will be determined by the student's Advisory Committee based upon acceptance of the exhibition, the written documentation and the oral examination.
12.5 Resubmission Policy. If final exhibition and written thesis, or the oral examination is found to be unacceptable, the degree will be denied. The student may repeat the exhibition or resubmit the written thesis one more time within two years.
13. DOCUMENTATION OF THE THESIS EXHIBITION
13.1 PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD - A minimum of ten professional quality digital images of work in the final exhibition must be furnished for the Department of Art’s Digital Library Collection.
- Students will provide a print-quality file and a screen-quality file for each image. Files should be labeled with the student’s name, the name of the piece, and the quality of the image (WarholA_BrilloBox_print.jpg)
- Guidelines for image or video documentation format will be determined by the director of graduate studies and will be made available in the office of the graduate student coordinator.
- Installation images of the student’s artwork in the gallery should be included in the documentation. These should be appropriately identified.
- The candidate must provide an identification sheet which includes the candidate’s name, title of each work, medium, size and date of term of graduation.
- The images must be turned in to the department in a suitable form before the Graduate School deadline for official graduation.
13.2 The provided images shall become property of the Art Department, which reserves the right to use any/all images from thesis exhibitions for promotional and educational purposes provided that the images bear appropriate attribution.
13.3 A bound version of the written thesis and photographic images, suitable for permanent placement in the Art Department Digital Library, must be turned in to the department before the Graduate School deadline for official graduation.
• For binding information, please contact Nancy’s Trade-A-Book, at (573) 449-6164 or Printing Services at (573) 882-7801.
14.1 TA SELECTION
- Teaching assistantships (TA) are assigned based upon the realm of competency of each student and departmental staffing needs. The faculty supervisors of classes staffed by TAs is required to give the Director of Graduate Studies a proposed class placement for any applicant who is recommended for admission. The Director of Graduate Studies works with the Chair of the Art Department to place each student in TA positions.
14.2 TA TRAINING
- All new TAs must attend an orientation conducted by the MU Graduate School the week before the beginning of their first semester.
- All TAs must attend a departmental orientation conducted by the Director of Graduate Studies or another appointed faculty member at the beginning of the first semester of their graduate career.
- Faculty supervisors of courses with TAs are required to give an orientation at the beginning of each term in order to share syllabi, assignments, curriculum, etc. with new TAs.
14.3 TA SUPERVISION
- Each TA will be assigned one faculty supervisor.
- Each TA must be observed at least one time during each semester by the faculty supervisor.
- Supervision assignments will be distributed equitably by media area among all at the beginning of each semester by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the faculty supervisor.
- All media areas that have classes staffed by TAs must conduct at least one grade norming session each semester. This session will be organized by the faculty supervisor.
14.4 TA EVALUATION
- Faculty supervisors must share and submit a completed evaluation sheet for each TA he or she supervises before the end of each term.
- Each TA is required to submit student evaluations for each course taught.
- Supervisors shall receive and review copies of student evaluations for each course that a TA teaches.
14.5 Under normal circumstances a TA will not be assigned more that one class to teach as instructor of record.
14.6 TUITION WAIVER REQUIREMENTS
- If a student is funded in an academic department, then as long as the FTE for the student is at least 0.25 FTE, and meets the requirements for the GSSP, then the graduate student is eligible for a tuition waiver.
- If a student appointment is funded from a non-academic department, or a non-degree-granting program, then the position has to be 0.50 FTE, or if it is 0.25 FTE, then the student must have a second qualifying 0.25 FTE assistantship in another department or program.
- All courses that are relevant and applicable to a student’s degree program and approved by his or her advisor will be covered by the waiver. A review of eligibility will be done every semester on the courses a student takes, including the summer session. If a student takes a course that is not approved by the department or adviser, he or she will be responsible for the total cost of that course.
14.7 Required Qualifications for Graduate Teaching Assistants, Research, and Service Assistants
- Must hold at least a quarter-time (.25 FTE, or 10 hours per week) assistantship awarded by the academic home of the student, another degree-granting program or a qualifying non-degree-granting program (see below).
- Must have a qualifying job title, as defined by the Graduate Faculty Senate.
- Continuing students must maintain "good academic standing," as determined by the academic home of the student.
- New students must have been:
1) admitted based on admission criteria developed by the academic degree-granting home of the student
2) approved by the Graduate School and the Graduate Faculty Senate
14.8 Time Limits for Assistantships
- The amount of time (not including summer sessions) a master’s student can receive a tuition waiver is 3 years or 6 semesters.
- The overall limits are 2 degrees or 7 years, whichever comes first. For all MFA candidates, the student is limited to 3 years or 6 semesters of support.
14.9 Assistantship Eligibility
- A student is eligible for a waiver for the summer if s/he meets one of the following scenarios, but the student's department will need to complete a Summer Session Certification of Eligibility form.
1) If the student has a qualifying assistantship or fellowship for the entire summer session.
2) If the student has a waiver for the preceding spring semester and the student has a qualifying assistantship or fellowship committed for the following fall semester.
3) If the student is starting a program in the summer semester and has a qualifying assistantship or fellowship committed for both the following fall and spring semesters.
- Assistantship or fellowship for only part of the semester
1) If students have a qualifying assistantship or fellowship for only part of a semester, their tuition waiver will be pro-rated. For example, if there are 85 working days in the semester, and the student's assistantship is for 40 of those working days, then the tuition waiver would cover 40-85, or 47 percent, of the student's educational fees for that semester.
2) If the student's assistantship or fellowship starts after the first day of the semester or ends before the last day of the semester, or if a student withdraws from the University before the end of the semester, the student will receive a partial Tuition Waiver Program tuition waiver and will be responsible for the balance of his or her resident and non-resident (if applicable) educational fees.
3) If a student who has a fellowship for which a stipend was received at the beginning of the semester withdraws from the university before the end of the semester, that student may be required to return a portion of the stipend to the University.
4) If a student withdraws from all classes, and has an assistantship or fellowship, the assistantship or fellowship also becomes null and void because there is an enrollment requirement stipulated for any tuition waiver. Tuition waivers will be pro-rated based on the amount of time in the semester that the student worked in the case of a withdrawal.
For example, if a student withdraws from all classes 3/4 of the way through the semester, the student will be responsible for 25 percent of resident and non-resident educational fees. If a student has a fellowship and receives a stipend at the beginning of the semester, s/he may be asked to return a portion of that stipend.
- Academic Probation Graduate School
1) A student is put on official Academic Probation as defined by the graduate school when his/her GPA drops below 3.0.
2) A student on academic probation is not eligible for the Tuition Waiver Program. While the student may still hold an assistantship, s/he will not be eligible for a tuition waiver until s/he is off academic probation. If a student earns probationary status, the department, and subsequently the student's adviser, shall be informed of the student's status. The department may request a grace period by petitioning the Graduate School dean.
LIST OF DEPARTMENTAL AND GRADUATE SCHOOL FORMS
Tentative Course Plan for the M.F.A. Degree
(Must be filed out the first semester in the program prior to the M-1 form)
M-1 Form – Program of Study for the Master’s Program
(Submit to the Graduate School by the end of second semester)
Plan of Study Course Substitution Form
(Submit to Graduate School when there are any changes in your program of study)
M-2 Form – Request for Thesis Committee
(Submit to the Graduate School by the end of second semester)
Graduate Student Change of Committee Form
(Submit to Graduate School when there are any changes in your committee)
Application for Graduate Change Program, Degree, Emphasis, or Advisor
(To be used only by currently enrolled MU graduate students)
Application for Change of Emphasis Area within the Department of Art
Clearance for the M.F.A. Degree
(To be filled out prior to MFA Thesis Exhibition)
M-3 Form – Report of the Master’s Examining Committee
(Submit to the Graduate School as soon as possible after the exam, project presentation or thesis defense)