3160 Art & Design

Programs Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Art History
  • Master of Art Education
  • Master of Fine Arts

Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4107
Atlanta, GA 30302-4107
404/413-5229
artdesign.gsu.edu
E-mail: artgrad@gsu.edu

Michael White, Director
John Decker, Director of Graduate Studies

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in art history prepares candidates for professional activities in museums, and galleries, and in the fields of historic preservation, conservation, and art criticism. The program also prepares students for graduate work at the doctoral level.

The Master of Art Education (M.A.Ed.) degree allows students to strengthen art content while developing skill in the teaching of art at all levels. Students who hold degrees in either art or art education are encouraged to apply. The Master of Art Education program structure is based on a cohort group of students who progress through course work together. Both traditional master students with teaching certification and graduate students seeking certification may be included in the cohort. Graduate students seeking certification must complete some additional course work for certification as advised by graduate faculty based on the portfolio review. The program is designed so that graduates may pursue further study at the Specialist in Education or doctoral level.

The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree program emphasizes the development of competence in seven areas of concentration: ceramics; drawing, painting and printmaking; graphic design; interior design; photography; sculpture; and textiles.

All degree programs of the Welch School of Art and Design are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Applicants may obtain additional information about the Welch School of Art and Design by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies at the addresses above.

Application Procedures

The Welch School of Art and Design admits students from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds who have a record of academic excellence and demonstrated skill in a visual art discipline. The applicant must specify one of the above degrees and the area of concentration on the application form. Applicants interested in an assistantship should fill out an assistantship form and submit it with their application. All accepted applicants are considered for scholarships—no form is necessary.

Applications for the Art History and Studio programs are reviewed once a year, in the spring, for fall admissions. Applications for the Art Education program are reviewed in the fall (for spring admissions) and in the spring (for fall admissions). Each applicant must satisfy the general requirements of the Office of Graduate Services of the College of Arts and Sciences. Incomplete or improperly prepared applications and portfolios will not be reviewed.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Welch School of Art and Design have the following requirements:

M.A. Degree

Applicants for the M.A. degree must submit the following items:

  1. Three letters of recommendation. No form is required.
  2. A one-to-two-page statement of purpose describing current academic interests, proposed area of specialization, and long-range career goals. The statement should also explain how the art history graduate program at Georgia State will serve those interests and goals.
  3. A writing sample such as a term paper from an upper-level art history course.
  4. GRE scores.

The statement and writing sample should be included with the other application materials sent to the Office of Graduate Services, College of Arts and Sciences.

Specific admission requirements for the M.A. degree in art history include the following:

  1. A high standard of overall undergraduate achievement.
  2. Undergraduate coursework in art history. Applicants normally should have a minimum of five upper-level courses or the equivalent.

Applicants to the art history graduate program are also encouraged to meet personally with a member of the art history faculty.

Please note: Deadlines are not postmark deadlines but deadlines for completion of applications.

All materials must be in the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Graduate Services by the deadline. Due to the volume of applications submitted each year, a return receipt is highly recommended. It is also recommended that you submit all your materials a month in advance.

M.A.Ed. Degree

Applicants for the M.A.Ed. degree must submit the following items:

  1. Three letters of recommendation. No form is required.
  2. Statement of Intent: A one-to-two-page statement of purpose describing current academic interests, proposed area of specialization, and long-range career goals. The statement should also explain how the graduate program at Georgia State will serve those interests and goals.
    The letters of recommendation and the statement of intent should be included with the other application materials sent to the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Graduate Services.
  3. Portfolio: A successful portfolio demonstrates creativity and commitment in a cohesive body of work. The portfolio should contain both two- and three-dimensional work. It should reflect basic skills in drawing and design and sufficient advanced skill in one area. A total of twenty images should be submitted if the applicant is not a practicing art educator. If the applicant is a practicing art teacher, a minimum of ten images of personal studio work and up to ten images of student work are acceptable. Under no circumstances should more than twenty images be submitted. Examples of work by the applicant’s students should represent a variety of media and reflect quality in design, craftsmanship, originality, complexity, and historical or cultural content.
    Submission guidelines for the statement and portfolio preparation are the same as the M.F.A. degree (listed below).
  4. GRE or MAT scores.

Specific admission requirements for the M.A.Ed. degree include the following:

  1. An undergraduate major appropriate to the intended major at Georgia State University.
  2. A high standard of overall undergraduate achievement, usually a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

Applicants to the M.A.Ed. degree program who would like to supplement their portfolios before making official application are encouraged to enroll in the Welch School of Art and Design as post baccalaureate or non-degree graduate students. Application forms for post baccalaureate status may be requested from the Undergraduate Admissions Office at Georgia State University. Application forms for non-degree graduate status are available from the Office of Graduate Services of the College of Arts and Sciences, 404/413-5040. Applicants are encouraged to meet personally with a member of the art education faculty to familiarize themselves with requirements of the program before application.

Please note: Deadlines are not postmark deadlines but deadlines for completion of applications.

All materials must be in the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Graduate Services by the deadline. Due to the volume of applications submitted each year, a return receipt is highly recommended. It is also recommended that you submit all your materials a month in advance.

Program Financial Information

Effective summer 2009, lab fees will be assessed automatically for students who register for certain courses. As a result, students will no longer be required to purchase lab fee cards. For more information, please feel free to contact the department or review the GoSolar or catalog course listings to determine if a course includes a lab fee.

M.F.A. Degree:

Applicants for the M.F.A. degree must submit the following items:

  1. Three letters of recommendation. No form is required.
  2. A one-to-two-page statement of purpose describing current academic interests, proposed area of specialization, and long-range career goals. The statement should also explain how the graduate program at Georgia State would serve those interests and goals.
  3. Portfolio: A successful portfolio demonstrates creativity and commitment in a cohesive body of work. Admissions portfolios may include still images; film/video projects; musical performances/compositions; videos of acting/dance/performance.
    The portfolio may include one of the following:

    • 20 examples of work on CD
    • Film/video projects – DVD or Quicktime on CD. Six minutes maximum.
    • Musical performances/sound work/compositions. Six minutes maximum.
    • Videos of acting/dance/performance. Six minutes maximum.

Please do not send original work. Deadlines are not postmark deadlines but deadlines for completion of applications.

All materials must be in the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Office by the deadline. Due to the volume of applications submitted each year, a return receipt is highly recommended. It is also recommended that you submit all your materials a month in advance.

Still image submissions:

Label all materials with name and area of study. Include no more than 20 images. A list with the title of the work, date, medium and dimensions should accompany CD. Include 20 images in either JPEG format  (150 DPI, 1500 pixels on greatest dimension) or compiled into PDF or PowerPoint.  A list with the title of the work, date, medium and dimensions should accompany CD.  Label CD with name and area of study. Web-based portfolios should be copied to CD or DVD and sent with application.

Moving image/sound submissions:

Label all materials with name and area of study. Include no more than 6 minutes of audio-visual material. Work must be accompanied by a list with the title of the work, date, full running time, and the student’s role (e.g., director, actor, etc.) in each work Label DVD with name and area of study. Web-based portfolios should be copied to DVD or CD and sent with application.

If an applicant wishes to include a mixture of stills, sound, or moving images, then the materials will be divided evenly. For example, if digital images and video tape are submitted, 10 digital images and 3 minutes of video are allowed.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Art History (36 hours)

Students should refer to the departmental program brochure for specific details concerning the art history degree program. The following information is a brief overview of the various degree requirements.

  1. Twenty-one hours of coursework consisting of seven art history lecture courses or seminars with a minimum of three seminars (AH 6000 or AH 8000 level).
  2. Three hours of AH 8010, Methodology and Historiography of Art.
  3. Six hours of electives in related areas chosen with the approval of an adviser.
  4. Thesis proposal approved by the thesis committee.
  5. Six hours of AH 8999, Thesis Research.
  6. Thesis approved by the thesis committee.

Upon entering the program, students must select advisers to direct their programs of study. Students are responsible for making appointments with their advisers and for being familiar with the requirements for the degree as set forth in the departmental program brochures. Students must work closely with their advisers to make sure that they correctly progress towards the degree.

Students should take one course in three of five general areas of study. These areas are: Ancient Art; Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Art; Modern Art; Art of Africa and the African Diaspora; and Art of the Americas. Students should determine the distribution of courses in consultation with their advisers.

Candidates for the Master of Arts degree in Art History must demonstrate a reading knowledge of either French or German. The language requirement should be fulfilled no later than the end of the first year (or 18 hours) of graduate work. This requirement may be adjusted by petition of the student if his/her major area of research requires learning a language other than French or German. The foreign language reading requirement may be satisfied by passing a reading examination administered by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. The reading tests, offered once a semester, emphasize translation ability. Students are permitted to take the exam more than once, if necessary.

Master of Art Education (36 hours)

Students accepted into the program with a degree in art but without teacher certification must complete the following courses or equivalent substitutions that lead to initial teacher certification. Students should consult closely with an adviser on the sequencing of these courses, portfolio reviews, and tests required for initial certification. Students achieving certification through alternative routes may also need to complete additional coursework.

  1. The initial certification sequence includes:
    • AE 6200 Art for Preschool Through Fifth Grade (3)
    • AE 6300 Art for Middle and Secondary Schools (3)
    • AE 6400 Media, Technology, and Visual Presentation (4)
    • AE 6600 Teaching Practicum (3)
    • Student must successfully pass the GACE Basic Skills exam prior to student teaching placement or enrollment in internship courses. AE 6750, AE 6760, AE 6770, AE 6780 (12) (one semester of student teaching) or AE 6785, 6786 and 6795, 6796 (two semesters of internships and seminars for students already teaching with a provisional certification). These courses do not count toward the M.A.Ed.
  2. Nine hours of core courses in education are required for teaching certification. Two of these graduate-level education courses will be accepted for certification and in the graduate program:
    • EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
    • EPY 7080 The Psychology of Learning and the Learner (3)
    • EPSF 7120 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education (3)
  3. Any art studio or art history course required as part of the undergraduate art education program and not previously taken. Coursework will be taken at the graduate level and counted toward certification and/or the M.A.Ed. degree as required and appropriate.

Students accepted into the graduate program with a degree in art but without teacher certification should discuss their career goals and plan of study with an art education adviser prior to registration in any coursework. Graduate applicants certified to teach art through an alternative route may be required to take additional coursework. Successful completion of GACE II tests in art education is required for certification in Georgia.

Course of Study for M.A.Ed. Program in Art Education (36 hours after initial certification)

  1. Three hours of art history coursework
  2. Nine hours of coursework in a studio concentration
  3. Nine hours of 8000 level art education coursework
  4. Three hours of coursework in the area of the psychology of learning, to be selected from:
    • *EPY 7080 The Psychology of Learning and Learners (3)
    • EPY 7090 The Psychology of Learning and Learners: The Young Child (3)
  5. Three hours of coursework in the areas of philosophical and social foundations of education, to be selected from:
  6. Three hours of research methodology, to be selected from:
    • *EPRS 7900 Methods of Research in Education (3)
    • EPRS 7910 Action Research (3) (preferred)
    • EPRS 7920 Classroom Testing, Grading, and Assessment (3)
  7. Six hours of AE 8999, Thesis Research.

*These specific education courses are offered on-line and are aligned with the low-residency MAEd cohort program structure.

The thesis in art education may concentrate solely on an art education issue, or explore a studio or art history oriented problem that is tied to an art education issue. Research in art education may focus on action research in the candidate’s own classroom as well as other research methodologies. Thesis research that includes a thesis exhibition is also acceptable.

Master of Fine Arts, Studio (60 hours) with Concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture and Textiles

Ceramics Concentration (60 hours)

  • Thirty hours of coursework in a studio concentration.
  • Twelve hours of coursework in art history.
  • Six hours of non-art electives or art electives from outside the area of concentration.
  • Twelve hours of thesis research in the appropriate studio area.
  • A written thesis.
  • A graduate thesis exhibition, presentation or screening.

Each student must pass a review after completing 24 hours of coursework. A list of required and recommended courses for each concentration is available from either the Office of the Welch School of Art and Design or the Director of Graduate Studies.

Drawing and Painting Concentration (60 hours)

  • Twenty-four to thirty hours of DP 8500/DP 8100 Graduate Seminar (Graduate Seminar must be taken each semester the student is enrolled in this program.)
  • Nine hours of Art History
  • Six to twelve hours of Electives. Must be 6000-level courses or above.
  • Up to six hours of DP 8980/PRT 8980 Independent Study.
  • Twelve hours of DP 8999 Thesis Research. (No more than 6 Thesis Research hours may be taken during any one semester.)
  • A written thesis
  • A graduate thesis exhibition, presentation or screening.

Each student must pass a review after completing 24 hours of coursework. A list of required and recommended courses for each concentration is available from either the Office of the Welch School of Art and Design or the Director of Graduate Studies.

Graphic Design Concentration (60 hours)

  • Thirty hours of coursework in a studio concentration.
  • Twelve hours of coursework in art history.
  • Six hours of non-art electives or art electives from outside the area of concentration.
  • Twelve hours of thesis research in the appropriate studio area.
  • A written thesis.
  • A graduate thesis exhibition, presentation or screening.

Each student must pass a review after completing 24 hours of coursework. A list of required and recommended courses for each concentration is available from either the Office of the Welch School of Art and Design or the Director of Graduate Studies.

Interior Design Concentration (60 hours)

  • Thirty hours of coursework in a studio concentration.
  • Twelve hours of coursework in art history.
  • Six hours of non-art electives or art electives from outside the area of concentration.
  • Twelve hours of thesis research in the appropriate studio area.
  • A written thesis.
  • A graduate thesis exhibition, presentation or screening.

Each student must pass a review after completing 24 hours of coursework. A list of required and recommended courses for each concentration is available from either the Office of the Welch School of Art and Design or the Director of Graduate Studies.

Printmaking Concentration (60 hours)

  • Twenty-four to thirty hours of PRT 8500/PRT 8100 Graduate Seminar (Graduate Seminar must be taken each semester the student is enrolled in this program.)
  • Nine hours of Art History
  • Six to twelve hours of Electives. Must be 6000-level courses or above.
  • Up to six hours of DP 8980/PRT 8980 Independent Study.
  • Twelve hours of PRT 8999 Thesis Research. (No more than 6 Thesis Research hours may be taken during any one semester.)
  • A written thesis
  • A graduate thesis exhibition, presentation or screening.

Each student must pass a review after completing 24 hours of coursework. A list of required and recommended courses for each concentration is available from either the Office of the Welch School of Art and Design or the Director of Graduate Studies.

Photography Concentration (60 hours)

  • PHOT 8000 Advanced Studio Problems 6 hours
  • PHOT 8500 Directed Study 24 hours
  • PHOT 8990 Thesis Research 12 hours
  • Art History any 6000 level 9 hours
  • AH 6700 Theory and Criticism 3 hours
  • Any 6000 level studio course 6 hours
  • A written thesis
  • A graduate thesis exhibition, presentation or screening.

Each student must pass a review after completing 24 hours of coursework. A list of required and recommended courses for each concentration is available from either the Office of the Welch School of Art and Design or the Director of Graduate Studies.

Sculpture Concentration (60 hours)

  • Thirty hours of coursework in a studio concentration.
  • Twelve hours of coursework in art history.
  • Six hours of non-art electives or art electives from outside the area of concentration.
  • Twelve hours of thesis research in the appropriate studio area.
  • A written thesis.
  • A graduate thesis exhibition, presentation or screening.

Each student must pass a review after completing 24 hours of coursework. A list of required and recommended courses for each concentration is available from either the Office of the Welch School of Art and Design or the Director of Graduate Studies.

Textiles Concentration (60 hours)

  • Thirty hours of coursework in a studio concentration.
  • Twelve hours of coursework in art history.
  • Six hours of non-art electives or art electives from outside the area of concentration.
  • Twelve hours of thesis research in the appropriate studio area.
  • A written thesis.
  • A graduate thesis exhibition, presentation or screening.

Each student must pass a review after completing 24 hours of coursework. A list of required and recommended courses for each concentration is available from either the Office of the Welch School of Art and Design or the Director of Graduate Studies.