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School of Art and Design


MFA Annual Review

An MFA candidate will receive at least one formal evaluation of his or her progress through the curriculum and potential for the successful completion of the thesis exhibition before completing 30 hours of coursework or three semesters, whichever comes first.

A committee of no less than 3 faculty members, including the candidate’s Area Coordinator will evaluate the candidate’s creative work, grades, research, use and knowledge of appropriate tools, materials and technology, writing, and verbal skills. The specific review criteria may be accessed on the School of Art and Design website or by contacting the Area Coordinator.

The candidate must submit copies of all materials to the committee members and schedule a location and time for the review at least one week in advance. When the committee has completed its evaluation, the committee and/or a committee representative will meet with the candidate to discuss the evaluation and provide the student with the results and documentation of the evaluation, including any required remedial work, or justification for termination.

Copies of all materials submitted for review including visual documentation of creative work, must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies within two weeks of the review. These will be placed in the student’s file.

Upon successful completion of the midpoint review, the MFA candidate will select the members of a thesis committee following the MFA SOAD guidelines.

Individual concentrations may have additional requirements. That information is available on the website or by contacting the Area Coordinator.


MFA Annual Review


MFA Annual Review Form