Student Handbook

Curriculum Requirements

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Bachelor of Fine Arts and Certificate of Fine Arts

Forty-six semester units of Critical Studies coursework are required of all BFA candidates; specific Critical Studies requirements are detailed in the Critical Studies section of this Course Catalog (see Critical Studies requirements). Certificate of Fine Arts candidates are not required to complete Critical Studies coursework; all other curriculum and course requirements for the Certificate of Fine Arts are identical to those for the BFA.

All required courses must be completed satisfactorily. Students must complete the program of studies agreed upon by the mentor and the student, and all required courses herein specified.

Students are required to complete a Mid-Residence Review and a Graduation Review (see Reviews policy). Work-in-progress must be submitted for faculty review at the time of the student’s Mid-Residence Review. Final project(s) are submitted at the time of the Graduation Review. Information regarding Mid-Residence and Graduation Review procedures and timing is available in the School of Film/Video office.

Master of Fine Arts and Advanced Certificate of Fine Arts

Graduate students must demonstrate proficiency in graduate-level techniques and concepts. Students must pass the required courses or the equivalent before being allowed access to the facilities and equipment needed for independent work.

Graduate students must submit a thesis project proposal at the Preliminary Review, during the third semester of residence. The proposal must be approved by the faculty review committee as sufficiently challenging to merit the Master of Fine Arts degree or Advanced Certificate of Fine Arts.

Completed graduate thesis works must be presented, and the students must participate in a Graduation Review. Final approval for graduation is awarded by the faculty review committee.

Information regarding Preliminary Review and Graduation Review procedures and timing is available online.