MFA students focus on independently directed studio art practices guided by faculty mentors toward a research project that culminates in their thesis exhibition. Throughout the program work is produced in the Studio I-IV courses and discussed in the four Master Critique courses. These courses are thematically organized and change each semester to cover a range of current and relevant topics in Art and Design. Group critique sessions involving all MFA graduate students are the central feature of the Master Critique courses. Ideas and information gathered in these production and critique courses aid in directing the student toward his/her thesis. Elective courses support the student’s thesis work by developing and supplementing skills and knowledge outside the student’s primary studio art practice.