Visual Arts Program - Academic Programs - 2012-14 Catalog - UW-Superior

2012-2014 Catalog

2012-2014 Graduate Catalog

Visual Arts Program

Visual Arts Top of Page

The University of Wisconsin-Superior offers a graduate program in Visual Arts which leads to the Master of Arts degree. The faculty contact for this degree program is Mr. Tim Cleary, Associate Professor of Visual Arts, HFAC 3102, (715) 394-8391.

Admission Requirements Top of Page

Prerequisites for Admission: M.A.: Art Education Concentration
Student applicants may be admitted to the program upon completion of the following minimum prerequisites:

  1. The candidate for admission must satisfy the general admission requirements for Graduate Studies, including graduation from an accredited college or university.
  2. The candidate must have an undergraduate major in Art or must have completed the equivalent of the Art Foundation courses as specified in the Bachelor degree requirements for Visual Arts in this catalog.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from college faculty who are familiar with the applicant's work and potential.
  4. Art Education candidates must submit a compact disk showing basic proficiency in drawing, painting, and three-dimensional media. Other media, i.e. photography, ceramics, etc., may be included. Fifteen to 20 images of individual pieces suggested. The quality of the portfolio will be assessed by UW-Superior Visual Arts faculty as a measure of the candidate's likelihood of success in the program.
  5. Statement of purpose (2-3 pages)
  6. Deadline for application for Fall semester enrollment is the previous April 1. Applications received after April 1 will be considered as vacancies allow.
  7. Interview required.

Prerequisites for Admission: M.A.: Art History Concentration
Student applicants may be admitted to the program upon completion of the following minimum prerequisites:

  1. Bachelor's degree in Studio Art, Art History, Art Education, Art Therapy, with a minimum of 60 quarter hours or 40 semester hour credits in art.
  2. At least nine credit units of the Bachelor's degree work should be in art history courses.
  3. Art or art history related writing sample or research paper (any length you choose, but not more than 20 pages)
  4. Two letters of recommendation from college art faculty who are familiar with the applicant's work and potential.
  5. Statement ofpurpose (one page maximum).
  6. Deadline for application for Fall semester enrollment is the previous April 1. Applications received after April 1 will be considered as vacancies allow.

Prerequisites for Admission: M.A.: Studio Art Concentration
Student applicants may be admitted to the program upon completion of the following minimum prerequisites:

  1. A bachelor's degree in Art with a minimum of 60 quarter hours or 40 semester hour credits in Art. At least 20 semester credits of the bachelor's degree work should be in studio courses.
  2. Completion of a minimum of six semester credits in Art History.
  3. Presentation of a portfolio of representative studio work with emphasis in the applicant's area of specialization. The quality of the portfolio will be assessed by UW-Superior Visual Arts faculty as a measure of the candidate's likelihood of success in the program. The portfolio should contain a compact disk with 20 images of work. Each image must represent an individual art work, with the exception of three-dimensional work, which may be represented with two images.
  4. Statement of purpose (one page maximum)
  5. Two letters of recommendation from college art faculty who are familiar with the applicant's work and potential.
  6. Deadline for application for Fall semester enrollment is the previous April 1. Applications received after April 1 will be considered as vacancies allow.

Prerequisites for Admission: M.A.: Art Therapy Concentration
Student applicants may be admitted to the program upon completion of the following minimum prerequisites:

  1. The candidate for admission must satisfy the general admission requirements for Graduate Studies, including graduation from an accredited college or university.
  2. Art Therapy candidates must have 18 semester credits of Studio Art including (but not limited to) 3 semester credits each in drawing, painting, and clay; and9 semester credits in Psychology including (but not limited to ) psychopathology, abnormal, human growth and development.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from college faculty who are familiar with the applicant's work and potential.
  4. Art Therapy candidates must submit a compact disk portfolio showing basic proficiency in drawing, painting and three-dimensional media. Other media, i.e., photography, ceramics, etc., may be included. Fifteen to 20 images of individual pieces suggested. The quality of the portfolio will be assessed by UW-Superior Visual Arts faculty as a measure of the candidate's likelihood of success in the program.
  5. Statement of reason/purpose (2-3 pages)
  6. Deadline for application for Fall semester enrollment is the previous April 1. Applications received after April 1 will be considered as vacancies allow.
  7. Be advised that criminal background checks must be passed by many practicum sites and future employers.

Master of Arts Degree in Art Top of Page

The Master of Arts program in Visual Arts is offered for students seeking a professional degree program in Art Education, Art History, Studio Art, and Art Therapy. The requirements for the degree have been designed to allow for flexibility to suit the needs and goals of individual candidates.

Master of Arts - Art Education concentration Requirements Top of Page

In consultation with the major advisor, candidates will form a graduate committee of two. This advisory committee must meet at least once each semester. Graduation is subject to the final approval of the graduate committee.

30 total credits

Art Education required courses (23 credits required):

Graduate Art Seminar -- 2.00 credits

Art History (Graduate Level) -- 3 credits
Studio Art (Graduate Level) -- 9 credits

AND

Choose 9 credits from:

Research In Art -- 3.00 credits
Art for Special Education -- 3.00 credits
Development of Creative Functioning -- 3.00 credits
Art Education for the Gifted and Talented -- 3.00 credits

Cognate Courses (6 credits required):

From related areas such as Art Therapy, Art History, Psychology, Counseling, Communicating Arts, or Special Education and English Education

Terminal Project (1 credit required):

Graduate Terminal Project -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits

Requires approval of major advisor. Choice of thesis or exhibition with supporting paper. Final oral comprehensive related to the thesis or exhibition.

Satisfactory academic progress must be maintained throughout the course of the program. Satisfactory academic progress includes maintaining a grade point average of 3.0, or better and satisfying the portfolio or performance expectations of the graduate committee.

Graduate candidates for teacher certification must fulfill all undergraduate requirements for certification. Deficiencies must be corrected along with the completion of Program graduate requirements.

Master of Arts - Art History concentration Requirements Top of Page

In consultation with the major advisor, candidates will form a graduate committee of two. This advisory committee must meet at least once each semester. Graduation is subject to the final approval of the graduate committee. 

Art Required courses (30 credits total required):

Art History courses (12 credits required):
Art History courses, including three Graduate credits of

Issues in Visual Arts -- 3.00 credits

Studio Art courses (6 credits required):
Studio art courses

Art Elective courses (6 credits required):
Art courses approved by the major advisor.

Graduate Art Seminar course (2 credits required):

Graduate Art Seminar -- 2.00 credits

Terminal Project course (4 credits required from 2 semesters):

Graduate Terminal Project -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits

Satisfactory academic progress must be maintained throughout the course of the program. Satisfactory academic progress includes maintaining a grade point average of 3.0, or better and satisfying the portfolio or performance expectations of the graduate committee.

Master of Arts - Studio Art concentration Requirements Top of Page

In consultation with the major advisor, candidates will form a graduate committee of two. This advisory committee will meet at least once each semester. Graduation is subject to the final approval of the graduate committee. 

Art Required courses (30 credits total required):

Art History courses (9 credits required):
Art History

Graduate Art Seminar courses (2 credits required):

Graduate Art Seminar -- 2.00 credits

ART Related courses (6 credits required):
Art Education, Studio Art, Art History and/or courses outside of Art approved by the advisor.

Studio Art Concentration courses (12 credits required):
Studio Art courses

Terminal Project course (1 credit required):

Graduate Terminal Project -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits


Must be in the form of an exhibition, with a supporting paper.

Satisfactory academic progress must be maintained throughout the course of the program. Satisfactory academic progress includes maintaining a grade point average of 3.0, or better and satisfying the portfolio or performance expectations of the graduate committee.

Master of Arts - Art Therapy concentration Requirements Top of Page

Entering students must complete a Program Planning Guide. Graduate committee of two required.

Art Therapy Registration (ATR) and Board Certification (BC) are granted by the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) a national professional organization. Master's programs fulfill many of the educational and Practical experiences for registration and board certification. Both registration and board certification require training post-masters level education, wherever your degree is from. UW-Superior graduates are eligible, with post-graduation requirements to become ATR and Board Certified. Please consult the ATCB for further information. 

The 48-semester-credit program at UW-Superior follows national standards and is accredited by the North Central Associate of Colleges and Schools, but is not an AATA Approved program at this time. Please consult the American Art Therapy Association for further information. The MA in Art Therapy does not lead to certification or licensing in counseling, clinical psychology or psychotherapy.

Art Required courses (48 credits total required):

Art Therapy courses (24 credits required):

Art Therapy Seminar -- 3.00 credits
Multi-Modal Art Therapy -- 3.00 credits
Research In Art -- 3.00 credits
Expressive Arts For Change -- 3.00 credits
Psychology of Art -- 3.00 credits
Art Therapy Fundamentals -- 3.00 credits
Development of Creative Functioning -- 3.00 credits
Art Therapy Techniques -- 3.00 credits

Practicum required courses (7 credits required):
ART 698 Practicum -- 1 credits (100 hours of supervised art therapy practicum involving observation and practice in the preparation for practicum. By permission of the instructor only.)

ART 798 Practicum -- 6 credits (600 hours, supervised art therapy practicum over at least two academic terms with a minimum of two placements. By permission of instructor only.)

Art Elective courses (12 credits required):
Ecopsychology, Expressive Arts, and Studio -- 6 credits (In consultation with advisor only, determined as part of the Program Planning Guide)

and

Counseling or Ecopsychology -- 6 credits (On advisement only during program planning)

Terminal Project (3 credits required):
ART 799 Graduate Terminal Project -- 3 credits (includes compressive portfolio with a master's paper and/or approved art-based research. Committee of two required.  

Graduate Art Seminar course (2 credits required):

Graduate Art Seminar -- 2.00 credits

Satisfactory academic progress must be maintained throughout the course of the program. Satisfactory academic progress includes maintaining a grade point average of 3.0, or better and satisfying the portfolio or performance expectations of the graduate committee.


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