photo / Bernard Yenelouis (M.F.A. '12)
Earning an M.F.A. degree requires four terms of full-time study with a minimum of 60 credits. Transfer credit for graduate work done elsewhere or during the summer session is not applicable toward these requirements. In addition, in their final semester, students produce a written statement and present a thesis exhibition of the studio work completed during their residency. In the final spring semester, gallery space is provided for a graduate group exhibition at a location in the New York City Metropolitan area.
The curriculum is flexible enough to accommodate the needs of individual students and enable them to take advantage of Cornell’s vast opportunities and resources. Students may enroll in courses in any field of study offered at the university. Students complete a minimum of 15 credits each term, including 9 credits in required studio work and 3 credits in a required graduate art seminar. All students work independently with a committee comprised of art faculty with the option to include graduate faculty from non-art disciplines. Eighteen credits of art history are required, but students may fulfill some or the entire requirement as an undergrad. Art history coursework will be evaluated by the director of graduate studies.
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