Feb 20, 2024
The Master of Arts in Art program is designed to provide candidates
with advanced artistic development, professional growth, and prepare
candidates for further graduate study. Areas of studio art
concentration include ceramics, jewelry/metalsmithing, drawing and
painting, printmaking, sculpture and weaving.
Accreditation: The Art Department of Eastern Illinois
University is an accredited institutional member of the National
Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Admission Requirements: To be eligible for degree candidacy
for the degree program and option, applicants must meet all of the
requirements for admission to the Graduate School (see “Admission to Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs”).
Study Plan Approval:
- Candidates seeking the Master of Arts in Art in one of the studio
art concentrations must submit 20 slides or equivalent digital media
presentations of work, three letters of recommendation, and proof of a
Bachelor’s Degree in Art. All students specializing in the studio art
concentrations must present their portfolio to the department for
examination by the yearly application deadline, and be assigned an
official advisor prior to the completion of 12 semester hours of
The study plan shall be approved by
the department and filed with the graduate coordinator within the first
semester of graduate study OR prior to the completion of 12 semester
hours of graduate credit.
Degree requirements for all candidates include those outlined for the master’s degree by the Graduate School (see “Requirements for the Master’s Degree
Candidates for the Master of Arts in Art in one of the studio art
concentrations may choose either a thesis (30 semester hours) or
non-thesis (32 semester hours)
Candidates must participate in one of the annual spring graduate
student exhibitions, submit an approved artist’s statement one week
prior to the required exhibition, and successfully pass an oral
comprehensive examination of ideas, techniques, and formal solutions
involved in the artworks displayed at the exhibition. A minimum of 20
slides or equivalent digital media presentations of representative
graduate works, completed while at Eastern, must be submitted to the
Art Department graduate program prior to the end of the spring semester
in which the exhibition takes place.
Curriculum for the 32 Semester Hour Non-thesis Option
(see footnote 1)
25 semester hours of Studio Art coursework (see footnote 2)
7 semester hours of required Art History and Graduate Exhibition coursework:
Curriculum for the 30 Semester Hour Thesis Option
(see footnote 1)
15 to 18 semester hours of Studio Art coursework (see footnote 2)
12 to 15 semester hours of required Thesis, Art History and Graduate Exhibition coursework:
Information on graduate assistantships may be obtained by contacting the Coordinator of Graduate Studies or Chair of Art Department, EIU.
(footnote 1) Candidates holding graduate teaching assistantships
in the Art Department will include ART 5850 Teaching Practicum in their
program of study.
(footnote 2) Studio art electives are selected in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.