Academics - Curriculum
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree is a full-time, two-year course of study. The student is expected to complete 48 credits of studio concentration and 12 additional credits in Graduate Art Seminar, Critical Dialogues, Art in Contemporary Culture, and a 500-level Liberal Arts elective, for a total of 60 credit hours. A portion of studio credit may be taken in Selected Topics, as well as specific program offerings such as Internship to College Teaching. This three-credit class determines eligibility for consideration as a teaching assistant and is generally taken in the first year of study. The Capstone experience for MFA students is a thesis exhibition in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art on the New Paltz campus.
The metal program is premised on the idea that contemporary metal is a rich and complex activity. While existing in a historical context of processes, forms, styles, and subjects, contemporary metal engages in a more expansive theoretical and conceptual art making dialogue. Students are given the opportunity and encouraged to seek their particular voice in response to the conditions of our world. It is ultimately our objective to work with individuals who regard thinking, making, and participating as significant acts in art.
The 10,000 square foot metal studio affords students the opportunity to work in a wide variety of traditional and innovative Metal techniques, as well as allocating private, efficiently organized spaces for each student.
With an average of 12 students representing a broad range of backgrounds and interests, the graduate metal program is one of largest in the nation. International exchange students augment the program along with prestigious visiting artists such as:
We have hosted numerous writers, critics, and curators including:
John Stuart Gordon
David Levi Strauss
Graduate students meet in studio and seminar classes with metal faculty each semester.
Graduate students are active members of the Student Art Alliance (SAA).The SAA creates greater opportunity for cross-disciplinary exchange, supports visiting artists, organizes travel to conferences, and engages in other creative projects.