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College of Fine Arts and Communication
School of Art and Design


 

MFA Annual Review

An MFA candidate will receive 2 formal evaluations of his or her progress through the curriculum and potential for the successful completion of the thesis. 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. 

 

Portfolio Review
Because the art or design work is considered the actual thesis for the MFA degree, the review of the candidate’s creative activity will be considered most significant. Each year the candidate’s committee will evaluate the quality of the submitted portfolio of work completed during the previous year, based on criteria established by the area. 

 

Verbal Review
The candidate will be assessed on their verbal proficiency through the defense of that body of work of art or design. The specific means should be made clear to the candidate well in advance of the evaluation.

 

Criteria for the verbal evaluation will include the following (Each area may have additional criteria); 
  • Presents information in a logical manner
  • Speaks clearly and articulately
  • Understands and effectively communicates the historical and contemporary context oftheir personal work in terms of formal issues, content and technique.
  • Answers questions in a logical and concise manner
  • Is confident and persuasive in verbal responses to questions
  • Is professional in appearance and attitude 

 

 

Written Review
Candidate will demonstrate written proficiency through the completion of a 5 page (minimum) research paper following either the MLA or Kate L. Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Thesis and Dissertations. The research paper must have an appropriate bibliography for the chosen topic.

 

Criteria for an evaluation will include the following (Each area may have additional criteria);
  • Presents information in a logical manner
  • Uses proper grammar and punctuation.
  • Uses proper writing style and citation system.
  • Effectively communicates the historical and contemporary context of their research topic or personal work in terms of formal issues, content and technique.
  • Effectively communicates the means in which their research builds on the generalized; knowledge of their research area
  • Has a bibliography that is appropriate to the topic
  • Presents paper in a timely manner and appropriate format for reviewers

 

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 second review, the MFA candidate will submit the signed and approved Thesis Research Approval Form to the Director of Graduate Studies and begin work on the final Thesis Exhibition and written thesis support documentation if they have not already done so.