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Graduate Degrees Offered

M.A. in Art with emphasis in Art Education
M.A. in Art with emphasis in Art History
M.A. in Art with emphasis in Graphic Design

M.A., M.F.A. in Art with Studio emphasis in Ceramics
M.A., M.F.A. in Art with Studio emphasis in Painting
M.A., M.F.A. in Art with Studio emphasis in Photography
M.A., M.F.A. in Art with Studio emphasis in Sculpture

The M.F.A. degree is granted through the Federation of North Texas Area Universities.

The Department of Visual Arts graduate curriculum is structured to meet the needs of each individual admitted to the program. A program of study, subject to the approval of the Department of Visual Arts Chair and the Dean of the Graduate School, is developed after consultation with the primary concentration advisor.

Additionally, an advisory committee is appointed after you begin graduate school consisting of the primary concentration advisor, secondary concentration advisor, and one other faculty member. The purpose of the committee is to assist and counsel the student as she or he progresses through the paper/project and/or exhibition.

Graduate School Admission Requirements

Application for admission to the Graduate School is made through the Office of Admissions.
The University requires applicants to complete the online application at http://www.applytexas.org/.

International students should complete the international student application at
http://www.twu.edu/admissions/international.asp

Applicants should submit the completed application (applytexas.org) and request official copies of transcripts from any and all previous community college, two-year associate college, or other 4-year college or university you have studied with to be forwarded directly to the Office of Student Records.

TWU Student Records
P.O. Box 425649
Denton, TX 76204

or via expedited mail to:

TWU Student Records
304 Administration Dr.
Denton, TX 76204 (no Saturday or Sunday delivery)

More information regarding transcripts at: http://www.twu.edu/student-records/

The application process can be quite lengthy and applicants are encouraged to start early.
Deadline to start Spring 2014 is October 15th, 2013.
Deadline to start Fall 2014 is January 31st, 2014.

More information on Admissions can be found at: http://www.twu.edu/admissions/graduate.asp.

Financial Aid, Scholarships and Award Eligibility

Financial Aid

Please go to: http://www.twu.edu/finaid/ for more information on how to apply for financial aid for Graduate School.

Scholarships and Departmental Awards

To be eligible for university and departmental scholarships and awards, all students must apply through the STARS online system. Scholarship applications are for the academic year following application.
Applications open October 15 and close March 15, the following semester.
Please follow the link below to submit your application.

STARS Application Online

Students must get a Login name and Password for Pioneer Portal to access the STARS Application. Please follow the link for more information.
Information on How to Create a Pioneer Portal Account [pdf].

Scholarships for Incoming Graduate Students

Incoming Graduate applicants can apply for scholarships using the STARS application [link provided in above section]. When you are accepted by TWU Graduate School for admission, you can apply for scholarships at TWU. Students must get a Login name and Password for Pioneer Portal to access the STARS Application.

Information on scholarships that are available to Incoming Graduate Students.

Departmental scholarships are awarded each Spring semester for the following academic year. You will see the link for the Departmental Scholarships in STARS when you apply for TWU general graduate scholarships. Deadline for Departmental Scholarships is March 15th of each Spring semester.

Information on Departmental Scholarships.

Department of Visual Arts Requirements for Application

Master of Arts degree program in Art Education, Art History or Graphic Design
Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts degree program in Ceramics, Painting, Photography, or Sculpture:

NOTE: The GRE is no longer required by TWU Visual Arts for application to the MA or MFA program. The Department does require a GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, as shown on your transcript.

All Applications for MA or MFA in the Department of Visual Arts must be submitted through SlideRoom.com.

www.twuvisualarts.slideroom.com

There are two application modules for TWU Department of Visual Arts in SlideRoom.com.

Deadline to start Spring 2014 is October 15th, 2013.
Deadline to start Fall 2014 is January 31st, 2014.


TWU Department of Visual Arts Graduate Application 2013-2014 / MA & MFA - Studio Programs.
This module is for application to the studio programs of Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography and Sculpture.
SlideRoom.com charges a $15.00 service fee for use of the online application for this module. TWU Department of Visual Arts does not charge any additional fees.

Before you start your application you will need to prepare the following to submit online:

  1. Statement of Intent: Brief (300 words or less) statement on why you are interested in TWU Dept. of Visual Arts Graduate programs. Please note which program you are interested in applying to and describe your previous educational experience and what you expect to learn by attending TWU. Please submit as a .pdf document. (For information on writing your statement of intent see this download (pdf))
  2. Artist Statement: Brief (300 words or less) statement describing your work, ideas and future interests. Please submit as a .pdf document. (For information on writing your artist statement see this download (pdf))
  3. Copies of unofficial or official transcripts from ANY and ALL previous community college, two-year associate college and 4-year colleges and universities you attended previously.
    This should be saved as a single .pdf document to upload.
  4. Vita or Resumé: Current curriculum vitae or resume, saved as a .pdf document.
  5. Three (3) references with contact information: email, address and phone number. You will enter this information online and they will be contacted by SlideRoom.com to submit a reference.
    Recommendations should be requested from professors or professionals who know the personal and academic qualifications of the applicant.
  6. Digital images of your work: You will be able to upload 20 images minimum with 6 additional details if needed.
    The images need to be 1024px largest side, 5MB maximum size and .jp, .png, or .tif.
    SlideRoom.com has more information on how to upload your images successfully.

TWU Department of Visual Arts Graduate Application 2013-2014 / MA - Art Education or Art History.
This module is for application to the Visual Arts programs of Art Education and Art History.
SlideRoom.com charges a $5.00 service fee for use of the online application for this module. TWU Department of Visual Arts does not charge any additional fees.

In addition an interview with the department chair and/or faculty advisor will be required by phone or in person.

  1. Statement of Intent: Brief (300 words or less) statement on why you are interested in TWU Dept. of Visual Arts Graduate programs. Please note which program you are interested in applying to and describe your previous educational experience and what you expect to learn by attending TWU. Please submit as a .pdf document. (For information on writing your statement of intent see this download (pdf))
  2. Artist Statement: Brief (300 words or less) statement describing your work, ideas and future interests. Please submit as a .pdf document. (For information on writing your artist statement see this download (pdf).
  3. Examples of Scholarly Research: Please combine two Scholarly research papers into one .pdf document and upload for review in your application. Make sure you have them clearly marked as separate papers in the .pdf.
  4. Copies of unofficial or official transcripts from ANY and ALL previous community college, two-year associate college and 4-year colleges and universities you attended previously.
    This should be saved as a single .pdf document to upload.
  5. Vita or Resumé: Current curriculum vitae or resume, saved as a .pdf document.
  6. Three (3) references with contact information: email, address and phone number. You will enter this information online and they will be contacted by SlideRoom.com to submit a reference.
    Recommendations should be requested from professors or professionals who know the personal and academic qualifications of the applicant.

The Department of Visual Arts recognizes an undergraduate degree with a major in art from any accredited institution of higher education as the necessary prerequisite for majoring in art at the Texas Woman's University.

For the M.A. in Graphic Design or the M.F.A. in Studio, the graduate committee, with the department chair, determine exemptions and deficiencies and design a program of study.
For the M.A in Art Education, M.A. in Art History or M.A. in Studio, the advisor of the program, with the department chair, determine exemptions and deficiencies and design a program of study.

Preferred Undergraduate Coursework in Studio Arts

For the M.A. in Graphic Design and M.F.A. in Studio Arts, the departmental graduate committee and primary concentration advisor determine exemptions and deficiencies and design a program of study. Normally, an undergraduate major in one of the art areas of concentration consists of minimum work taken in design (6 semester hours), drawing (9 semester hours), painting (3 semester hours), sculpture (3 semester hours), art history (12 semester hours), and a primary area of concentration (12 to 24 semester hours).

The Department of Visual Arts recognizes an undergraduate degree with a major in art from any accredited institution of higher education as the necessary prerequisite for majoring in art at the Texas Woman’s University.

All students are admitted provisionally. All course deficiencies must be completed before the student begins graduate course work.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for preference consideration to graduate programs in Visual Arts are:
For Fall Semester / January 31
For Spring Semester / October 16
Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for acceptance into the program. Please contact the faculty advisor in that program or the department chair for more information.

Graduate Assistantships / Teaching Assistantships

Application deadline for preference consideration for graduate assistantships is February 15.
Final deadline for application is May 1.
You must fill out an application that can be found at:
http://www.twu.edu/gradschool/applying-for-asst.asp

The completed application must be sent to:
TWU Dept. of Visual Arts
att: Michelle Hays / Department Chair
P.O. Box 425469
Denton, TX 76204  

General Information for Graduate Students

Graduate Handbooks for the Department of Visual Arts

Graduate Student MA/MFA Studio Handbook [pdf]
Graduate MA Art History Concentration Handbook [pdf]
Specific requirements  and other information for each program listed below.

Program links and contact information
If you need more information on the degree program you are interested in, please contact the faculty member in that concentration area. You will also need to contact the faculty member or department chair to make an appointment for a phone or face-to-face interview before your completed application is approved:

Texas Woman’s University
Dept. of Visual Arts
Attn: (Name of Faculty/Program Concentration)
P.O. Box 425469
Denton, TX 76204

Phone (if needed): 940-898-2530 

Programs and Faculty

Art Education
Art Education Homepage
Dr. Diane Gregory
FAB 203
940-391-4582
dgregory@twu.edu 

Art History
Art History Homepage
Dr. John Calabrese
FAB 102
940-898-2535
jcalabrese@twu.edu

Ceramics
Ceramics Homepage
Colby Parsons
FAB 001
940-898-2541
cparsons@twu.edu

Graphic Design
Graphic Design Homepage
Jana Perez
FAB 106
940-898-2543
JPerez5@twu.edu 

Painting
Painting and Drawing Homepage
Gary Washmon
FAB 107A
940-898-2539
gwashmon@twu.edu 

Photography
Photography Homepage
Susan kae Grant
FAB 303
940-898-2537
Sgrant1@twu.edu 

Sculpture
Sculpture Homepage
Tanya Synar
FAB 008
940-898-2581
tsynar@twu.edu

             

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