Studio Art Master of Arts (MA)

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An MA in Studio Art program in the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History provides students with a diverse studio experience in an interdisciplinary environment. At Wayne State MA students select graduate coursework from across the department and work closely with faculty across the Department of Art to create an individual experience based on their studio interests. In this studio-based program students broaden and enrich their practices through studio work, theory, critique, and mentorship.

Studying at Wayne State

Students in the Master of Arts degree major in Studio Art and can focus in an area of concentration. The Master of Fine Arts Degree is a 33-credit hour program enrollment may be either full-time (8 credits per semester) or part-time is completed in up to 6 years.

MA Concentrations:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Fibers
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Metalsmithing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Major Concentration Credits (18 credits)

MA students can select from a variety of concentration courses at the graduate level. Through course work student gain technical expertise and an understanding of contemporary theory and practice.

Electives (6 credits)

Students can explore their interested by taking credits outside of their area of concentration. These credits can include and array studio courses across the Department of Art, art history courses including a rotating selection dynamic topical seminars and contemporary issues, or across the university.

Art History (3 credits)

Students select from a range of art history courses from experts in the field.

Master of Arts Seminar (3 credits)

This seminar course covers concepts of art and contemporary art problems through rotating thematic topics presented by faculty across the Department of Art.

Master of Arts Essay (3 credits)

Students work closely with their advisor to produce an essay related to their studio work and research interests.

Reviews

Lively discussion and feedback is an integral part of the MA program. MA students have the opportunity to present their work for feedback from faculty 3 times during their course of study.

Visiting Artists and Critics

Each semester there are a variety of visitors in the department with opportunities for graduate studio visits, lecture, and critiques.

Recent visiting Artists and Critics Include:

Cathy Byrd (Founder and Artistic Director of Fresh Art International)
Jova Lynne (Visual Artist and Curator Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit)
Margaret Laurena Kemp (Visual Artist)
David Buckley Borden (Visual Artist)
Alison Wong (Visual Artist and Director of Wasserman Projects)
Kambui Olujimi (Visual Artist)
Sarah Rose Sharp (Visual Artist and Arts Writer)
Jason Yates (Visual Artist)
Irina Nakhova (Installation Artist)
Jennifer Willet (BioArtist)

Handbook

For detailed curriculum descriptions, procedures, and requirements students and applicants are encouraged to thoroughly read the Graduate Student Handbook

Graduate faculty

Students can work with faculty with broad research interests across the department. A list of the full-time Art Department Faculty can be found here.

Facilities

Students in the MA program have access to an array of department facilities including the department woodshop and digital fabrication studio. Through course work student can access facilities in ceramics, digital arts, drawing, fashion design, fibers, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

Studios

When available MA students have the opportunity to request a private studio in in our graduate studio area. The studio area includes communal installation space, a spray booth, mini shop, and break room.

Scholarships

Graduate Professional Scholarship
The Graduate School sponsors one competition annually for Graduate-Professional Scholarships (GPS). Find out more.

Department of Art Scholarships
In addition to Wayne State University scholarships, the Art Department offers departmental scholarship opportunities for freshman, transfer, and current students. See below for information on eligibility requirements, application deadlines, and portfolio requirements. We accept applications for all new and transfer student scholarships through the posted applications. Find out more.

Art Activities Award
Students who have shown a serious commitment to the Art & Art History program. Amount varies depending on activity or project. Contact advising faculty or graduate officer to find out more.

Graduate Student Professional Travel Fund (GSPTF)

The Graduate Student Professional Travel Fund (GSPTF) is a limited fund made available to encourage and support master's and doctoral student paper presentations at conventions, conferences, workshops, etc. Find out more.

Incentives for Competing for Externally Funded Awards

Graduate students who apply for an external fellowship and meet the eligibility criteria above may be eligible for a $1,000 award to supplement their research activities. Find out more.

Munich Exchange Fellowship

The Graduate School holds an annual competition for the Munich Exchange Fellowship for graduate students. The fellowship supports the awardee to study one year in Munich. Find out more.

U.S. Fulbright Student Program

Each year the Fulbright program allows Americans to study or conduct research in over 100 nations. For more information contact the Study Abroad and Global Programs Office, 1600 David Adamany Undergraduate Library, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202. Telephone: 313.577.3207

The Graduate School Master's Scholarships

The graduate school offers several scholarships specific to master's students. Find out more.

Apply to the Studio Art MA Graduate Program

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Complete the WSU online graduate application visit: WSU Graduate School. For admission consideration, submit the completed application, official transcripts, application fee, and other materials as directed.

Applicants to the Studio Art MA must also submit a portfolio of twenty (20) images of

recent work, a list or descriptions of images, a statement of intent, a curriculum vita (CV), and three (3) letters of recommendation through the application upload process.

These are examined by the faculty admissions committee, along with the applicant's academic record, in order to make a preliminary admissions decision. If this decision is positive, a formal admissions interview may be scheduled.

Application Deadlines

The Art Department has two application deadlines for the MA in Studio Art: October 1 (for study beginning in January) and May 1 (for study beginning in August).

The department deadlines supersede any other published deadline.

For all applications completed by the deadline, the applicant will receive a notification letter stating the department's decision. 

Questions or need more information?

Contact Lauren Kalman (MFA) Associate Professor, Graduate Officer at graduateartanddesign@wayne.edu

Forms and Policies

Graduate Programs Handbook 
Plan of Work Form 
Change of Plan of Work Form 
Studio Agreement 
Tuition and Map of Campus