Art

The University of Wisconsin-Superior offers a graduate program in the visual arts which leads to the Master of Arts degree. The faculty contact for this degree program is Mel E. Olson, Professor of Visual Arts, HFAC 3115, (715) 394-8402.

Master of Arts Degree in Art

The Master of Arts program in Art is offered for students seeking a professional degree program in the Studio Arts, Art History, Art Therapy or Art Education with studio emphasis. The requirements for the degree have been designed to allow for flexibility to suit the needs and goals of individual candidates. The program also provides an opportunity for individuals whose goals do not follow traditional schemes to pursue art studies and experiences related to professional studio objectives.

700-Level Courses
Candidates must meet the minimum required for University Graduate Studies. 700-level courses in Art may be attempted only with permission of the major advisor and the instructor of record. Coursework parallels content at the 600 level with additional research and conference requirements. Students must meet regularly with their graduate committee.

Admission Requirements

M.A.: Studio Curriculum and Art History
Student applicants may be admitted to the program upon completion of the following minimum prerequisites:

  1. A bachelor's degree in Art from an accredited institution with a minimum of 60 quarter hours or 40 semester hour credits in Art. At least 20 semester credits of the bachelor's degree work should be in studio courses.

  2. Completion of a minimum of six semester credits in Art History.

  3. Presentation of a slide portfolio of representative studio work with emphasis in the applicant's area of specialization. The portfolio should contain 12 to 24 two-inch-by-two-inch color slides in transparent plastic slide holders. Each slide should be labeled to indicate correct placement in a slide projector. Three-dimensional work should be represented with several views. All slides must be sent to the department chair and will be returned following the review.

  4. Two letters of recommendation from college art faculty who are familiar with the applicant's work and potential.

  5. Deadline for application for Fall Semester enrollment is the previous April 1. Applications received after April 1 will be considered as vacancies allow.

  6. Applicants who do not meet the above prerequisites may be admitted with the approval of the Art faculty following their satisfactory completion of deficiencies.

M.A.: Art Education and Art Therapy Curricula
Student applicants may be admitted to the program upon completion of the following minimum prerequisites:

  1. The candidate for admission must satisfy the general admission requirements for Graduate Studies, including graduation from an accredited college or university.

  2. The candidate must have an undergraduate major in Art or must have completed the equivalent of the Art foundation courses as specified in the Bachelor of Science degree requirements for Art in this catalog. Art Therapy candidates must have 15 semester credits of Studio Art and 12 semester credits in Abnormal and Developmental Psychology. (Deficiencies may be taken at UW-Superior before or during first year of attendance.)

  3. Two letters of recommendation from college faculty who are familiar with the applicant's work and potential.

  4. Art Therapy candidates must submit a slide portfolio showing basic proficiency in drawing, painting, and sculpture. Other media, i.e. photography, ceramics, etc., may be included. Twenty slides suggested.

Candidates will be advised individually, and programs designed to meet individual needs while satisfying all necessary requirements for the degree.

Degree Requirements

M.A.: Studio Curriculum
The minimum requirements for the degree include a total of 30 semester credits of approved course work to include the following:

1. Nine credits of Art History.

2. Two credits of Graduate Art Seminar.

3. Three credits of related courses from: Art Education, Art History and/or courses outside of Art approved by the advisor.

4. Twelve credits within a field of Art concentration.

5. Three credits of Art electives.

6. One credit of thesis or an exhibition from the area of Art concentration with a supporting paper; a final oral comprehensive related to the thesis or exhibition. If the thesis option is chosen, three copies of the thesis are to be submitted, one to the major advisor and two to the Graduate Studies office for transmittal to the library.

M.A.: Art History Curriculum
The minimum requirements for the degree include a total of 30 semester credits of approved coursework to include the following:

  1. Twelve credits in Art History.

  2. Six credits studio area.

  3. Six credits related courses approved by the major advisor.

  4. Two credits Graduate Art Seminar.

  5. Four credits Art Thesis. Scholarly project carried over two semesters, two credits each semester.

M.A.: Art Education

The minimum requirements for the degree include a total of 30 semester credits of approved coursework to include the following:

1. Nine credits in Art Education from among the following courses:

ART 735 Research in Art Education - Arranged

ART 781 Art for Special Education

ART 784 Development of Creative Functioning

ART 782 Art for the Gifted and Talented - Arranged

2. Two credits Graduate Art Seminar - ART 790.

3. Three credits Art History.

4. Nine credits graduate-level Studio Art.

5. Six credits of cognate courses from related areas such as Art Therapy, Art History, Psychology, Counseling, Communicating Arts, or Teacher Education.

6. One credit ART 799 - Terminal Project. Requires approval of major advisor. Choice of thesis or exhibition with supporting paper. Final oral comprehensive related to the thesis or exhibition. If the thesis is chosen, three appropriately bound copies of the thesis are to be submitted, one to the Visual Arts office and two to the Graduate Studies office for transmittal to the library.

Graduate candidates for teacher certification must fulfill all undergraduate requirements for certification. Deficiencies must be corrected along with the completion of program graduate requirements.

Art Education majors who wish an in-depth concentration in a studio area may select the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Teacher Certification. See the requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.

M.A.: Art Therapy (Limited Enrollment)

The minimum requirements for the degree include a total of 47 semester credits of approved coursework to include:

1. Nine credits of Studio Art (on advisement).

2. Fifteen credits of Art Therapy.

ART 702 Art Therapy Seminar and Tutorial Lab
ART 750 Psychology of Art
ART 783 Art Therapy Fundamentals
ART 784 The Development of Creative Functioning
ART 785 Art Therapy Techniques

3. Seven credits of Art Therapy Practicum (700 hours, by permission of instructor only)

4. Nine credits of related courses from Art Education, Counseling, Psychology, or Art History (on advisement).

5. Two credits of Thesis related to an area of the Art Therapy concentration and approved by the instructor.

6. Three credits Research in Art Therapy.

7. Two credits Graduate Art Seminar.

Course Offerings

Consult the Course Descriptions section of this catalog.