Fine Arts M.F.A. (Concentration in Graphic Design)

Degree Requirements: 60 Credit Hours

Application Deadlines

March 1 for Fall Semester, October 1 for Spring Semester; application portfolios for the MFA degree program are not reviewed during summer session.

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in a college accredited by the appropriate accrediting association.
  2. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate studio arts courses and an additional minimum of nine (9) credits of art history.
  3. A 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or higher on all undergraduate work.
  4. In addition to application materials required by the College of Graduate Studies, prospective students are required to submit a creative portfolio for consideration by the admissions committee in the Art Department.

Hard-Copy Portfolio is mailed directly to MFA Graduate Program Director and must include:

  1. Letter of Interest which includes a Statement of Intent describing purpose of entering full-time graduate studio art program and ultimate goal(s) as an artist.
  2. 20 to 30 images of current artwork representing a mature, post-baccalaureate, body of work. Submit images on printed tear sheets, minimum 4"x6" each; including proper identification of title, media, year, size AND on CD/DVD in 300 dpi jpeg format.
  3. Artist's Statement highlighting body of work presented in portfolio.
  4. Three (3) letters of reference identifying your studio practices and ability to pursue coursework of an advanced critical and theoretical nature.
  5. Curriculum Vitae.

Program of Study

Students admitted into the Master of Fine Arts degree program pursue tracks in graphic design or studio art. Students are expected to maintain full-time enrollment throughout the degree program. A grade of "A" or "B" is required in course work applied toward the degree. After earning grades of "C" or below in two courses during their degree program, students will be dismissed from the program.

Degree Requirements: 60 Credit Hours

Major Studio Concentration in Graphic Design: student develops the conceptual and strategic characteristics of their personal design work in studio coursework that explores current trends and essential competencies in contemporary graphic design.

Credit Hours
Required Studio Coursework 36 (Credit Hours)
ART   7151Design Activism3
ART   7152Design & Semiotics3
ART   7153Design Explorations3
ART   7154Design for the User3
ART   7251Design Communication3
ART   7252Design Systems3
ART   7253Design Forms3
ART   7254Design of Information3
ART   7351Design Methods3
ART   7352Design and Typographic Form3
ART   7353Design Ethics3
ART   7354Design Issues3
Art History/Critical Theory/Professional Practices 9 (Credit Hours)
ART   7377Graphic Design Art History3
ART   8830Readings and Research in Art3
ARTH   8630Art Theory and Criticism3
MFA Thesis: Thesis Exhibition and Support Paper 6 (credit Hours)
ART   8999Master of Fine Arts Thesis (repeatable)6
Electives 9 (Credit Hours)
Select 9 credit hours from the following elective courses (in department or outside of major department):9
Graduate Studio Practice
Selected Topics in Art
OR graduate level art history course or course in other discipline relative to student's thesis direction.
Total Credit Hours60

Required Participation in Faculty Review of Creative Work Throughout Program

  • Graduate Semester Critiques: Present two to four works in one critique per semester during (Year 1 Fall and Spring; Year 2 Spring);
  • Third Semester Review: Faculty Review of body of work during (Year 2 end of Fall)
  • Graduate Research Symposia Poster Presentation (Year 1, 2, 3 Spring)
  • Preparation of MFA Thesis Exhibition with Gallery Director (Year 2 Spring)
  • Written Support Document reflective of thesis body of creative work
  • Presentation of hardbound thesis monographs to
    1. Thesis Chair and
    2. Department of ART Archives
  • Oral Defense of Thesis Exhibition/Written Text

Thesis Exhibition, Support Text, Oral Defense

Completed during the last two semesters of a student's program, the thesis exhibition, support paper and oral defense of exhibition and paper is the culmination of the MFA graduate degree. The student's thesis exhibition represents a sound-body of contemporary artwork, presented professionally. The written support text adheres to the College of Graduate Studies guidelines and explains the historical and theoretical foundations for the student's creative body of visual artwork. The student acknowledges and defends their accomplishments during the oral defense of exhibition and written support text.


College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art
Master of Fine Arts Graduate Program Director
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8032
Statesboro, GA 30460
phone (912) 478-5358
fax (912) 478-5104