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TWU Graduate School Application Requirements

  • Application for the Master of Arts, Graphic Design concentration is two-fold.
  • Student must first meet the minimum requirements for entrance to the TWU Graduate School.
  • Then an application to the TWU Graduate School must be submitted and approved.
  • Finally, an application to the Visual Arts Graduate Program must be submitted through Slideroom.com and approved.

Master of Arts with Emphasis in Graphic Design
Fall 2014 - Summer 2015 Advising & Graduation Requirements

Graduate Degree Offered

M.A. in Art with emphasis in Graphic Design

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 concentration advisor. Additionally, an advisory committee is appointed consisting of the primary and secondary concentration advisors, and one other faculty member. The purpose of the committee is to assist and counsel the student as he or she progresses through the paper/project and/or exhibition. Should the need arise, the student may petition for modification of the program of study. For further information, please visit the Visual Arts web site at: (www.twu. edu/visual-arts/).

Admission Requirements For the Master of Arts in Graphic Design (36-hour degree)

  • GPA of 3.0 in last 60 hours of undergraduate work current transcripts
  • brief statement of intent
  • current vita
  • personal interview with chair and/or faculty advisor
  • portfolio of 20 images of recent work submitted through Slideroom.com
The Department of Visual Arts recognizes an undergraduate degree with major in art from any accredited institution of higher education as the necessary prerequisite for majoring in art at Texas Woman’s University.

For the M.A. degree programs, the concentration advisor and chair of the department 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 major area of concentration (12 to 24 semester hours).

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

Application deadline for consideration for graduate assistantships is February 15. Include one letter of recommendation for GA and/or GTA positions. Final deadline for application is May 1.

Application deadline: January 31 for graduate admittance applications and priority financial aid/graduate assistantship consideration. Late applications will be considered until May 1.

Requirements for a Master’s Degree in Graphic Design

Total Hours Required: 36 hours with a primary area of concentration, including 3 hours for a professional paper and project.

See degree plan outlines below for more details.

Degree Plan – Master of Arts in Art, Emphasis in Graphic Design

(Professional Paper/Project)

Primary area of concentration........................................................18
Secondary area of concentration .................................................... 6
Electives ..........................................................................................6
Prospectus .......................................................................................3
Professional Paper/Project ............................................................. 3
Total minimum semester hours.....................................................36

Final Examination

Presentation of professional paper with project for M.A. (36 hour)

Requirements if the 12-hour Review Is Not Passed

  • If the student does not pass the 12 hour review the student’s work may be reviewed again during the next scheduled 12 hour portfolio review
  • Additional course work taken in the primary area will be considered leveling courses and will not count toward the M.A. degree until the student has satisfactorily passed the portfolio review.
  • The 12 hour reviews are scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Courses of Instruction in Art

ART 5023. Painting Theory and Development. Problems in painting. All media. Development of stylistic and conceptual continuity in painting. Two lecture, four studio hours a week. Prerequisite: ART 4703 or permission of instructor. Credit: Three hours. May be taken for up to 15 hours credit.

ART 5043. Papermaking. The exploration of the age-old technique of mak- ing paper by hand. Use of Western and Eastern paper pulps and techniques. Paper coloration and the aesthetics of paper. Two lecture, four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours. May be taken for up to 15 hours credit.

ART 5053. Typographic Bookmaking. The study of typographic bookmaking as an art form. An overview of historic as well as contemporary book forms. Technical problems dealing with design, typography paper, printing presses, and binding styles. Two lecture, four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours. May be taken for up to 15 hours credit.

ART 5063. Theories of Art. Theories of art and beauty in Western culture. Organized chronologically beginning with ancient and concluding with 19th and 20th Century theories. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5223. Graphic Design. Special topics relating to graphic design, theory and practice. Special emphasis placed on graphic design as a medium of visual communication. Prerequisite: ART 4223 for six hours’ credit or permission of instructor. Field trips required. Two lectures, four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours. May be taken for up to 12 hours credit.

ART 5303. Drawing. Advanced study of drawing; special problems. Prerequisite: Six hours of drawing or permission of instructor. Two lectures, four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours. May be taken for up to 12 hours credit.

ART 5313. Foundations of Art Learning and Practice. Historical, philosophical and psychological foundations of art education. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5323. Contemporary Issues in Art Learning and Practice. Current trends and issues in art education and their impact on theory and practice. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5333. Individual Differences in Art Learning and Practice. Characteristics, needs, and programs for gifted/talented and special needs learners in art. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5343. Cognition, Art Learning and Advocacy. The role cognition plays in the art making, teaching, and learning process. Implications for art advocacy are examined. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5353. Curriculum in Art Learning and Practice. Curriculum theory, design, approaches and assessment in art education. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5653. Creative Photography. Special problems in the advanced study of creative and experimental photography; exhibition techniques. Graduate exhibition required. Field trips required. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and chair of the department. Two lecture, four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours. May be taken for up to 15 hours credit.

ART 5663. Alternative Photographic Process. Study of alternative photo- graphic processes. Surveys a variety of historical and contemporary experimental processes including pinhole, cyanotype, vandyke, gum bichromate, xerox, transfers, and kwik print. Processes are done with sunlight and paint on emulsions. Two lecture, four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours. May be taken for up to 6 hours credit.

ART 5673. Portfolio Photography. Preparation and production of professional portfolio including documentation of 2-D and 3-D art works, black and white press prints, color slides, resume, and artist’s statement. Emphasis placed on basic camera operation and lighting techniques. Required for all students completing the M.F.A. degree. Two lecture, four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5683. Professional Practices in Photography. Overview of career options in photography utilizing theoretical and technical skills. Professional and practical aspects of photography such as gallery and museum relations, portfolio presentations, criticism, business management and tax preparation, grant proposals, and darkroom construction. Two lecture, four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5703. Painting. Study in oil, acrylic, and mixed media. Emphasis on development of personal work with a particular regard to contemporary painting. Prerequisite: ART 4703 or permission of instructor. Two lecture, four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours. May be taken for up to 15 hours credit.

ART 5753. Sculpture. Advanced study of sculpture; execution of a major project; concentration on media; research. Prerequisite: Three hours of sculpture or ceramic sculpture or permission of instructor. Two lecture, four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours. May be taken for up to 15 hours credit.

ART 5853. Advanced Ceramics. Special problems in advanced ceramics; technical or conceptual research. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Two lecture, four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours. May be taken for up to 15 hours credit.

ART 5863. Advanced Ceramics Techniques. Advanced study of ceramics; special problems; technical or conceptual research. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Two lecture, four studio hours a week. Credit: Three hours. May be taken for up to 15 hours credit.

ART 5903. Special Topics. Study of selected advanced topics in art. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Credit: Three hours. May be taken for up to 12 hours credit.

ART 5913. Individual Study. Individual study of advanced technical problems in art. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and department chair. Credit: Three hours. May be taken for up to 12 hours credit.

ART 5953. Cooperative Education. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5973. Professional Paper/Project. Prerequisite: ART 5983. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5981. The Professional Portfolio. Development of a professional portfolio by students in the Master of Arts in Teaching program demonstrating the student’s growth in the Learner-Centered Competencies. Pass-fail grade only. May be repeated. Credit: One hour.

ART 5983. Thesis Prospectus. Designed to assist in developing a prospectus for the thesis, M.F.A. studio exhibit or professional paper/project. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5993. Thesis. Prerequisite: ART 5983. Credit: Three hours.

ART 5996. M.F.A. Exhibit. Studio research course for a student to complete the M.F.A. studio exhibit. Prerequisite: ART 5983. Committee review and oral exam. Credit: Six hours.

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