MFA Application Requirements (Downloadable .pdf)
MFA Course Requirements
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The MFA and MA program at NJCU is a dynamic, personal, and demanding curriculum that offers an intense and close relationship with faculty and colleagues in a state of the art facility. Each student is provided with dedicated studio space and full access to the Art Department’s production resources – including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and digital labs. Our faculty will work with you on an individual basis, providing a consistent guide as you proceed through your studies. Intense one-on-one and group critiques are the core evaluative methodology of the program along with an intense study of art historical practice and contemporary theory.
NJCU’s demographic mix and its important place in the community afford our students a rich cultural and arts environment from which to draw and interact. Our proximity and professional connections to New York City offer a global perspective and opportunities for career development.
MASTER OF FINE ARTS
The Master of Fine Arts program is an intense interdisciplinary studio and design program that results in the terminal degree. Studio practice and the study of critical theory are employed to foster Intellectual growth and individual achievement. The primary emphasis is the development of a personalized, sophisticated, art making practice that may be carried through to a lifetime career. By focusing on art production along with historical and critical studies the MFA program stresses skill, critical thinking, knowledge, and awareness of cultural and social frameworks as intrinsic parts of the curriculum. Students can individualize the 60-credit program by exploring combinations and courses in: Painting/Drawing, Ceramics, Computer Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Jewelry/Metals, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture. MFA students work closely with a selected group of faculty and culminate their studio and written thesis in a solo exhibition. Successful candidates may also choose to pursue academic appointments in higher education.
In the newly constructed Visual Arts Building, graduate MFA students are provided with separate studios in Painting/ Drawing, Jewelry/Metals, Sculpture, Graphic Design, Computer Arts and Illustration. Photography and Printmaking both have new equipment and facilities for the graduate student’s use. All of the disciplines provide the latest computer technology: computers, scanners, printers, drawing tablets, specifically reserved for graduate students in MFA studios.