2015-2016 Graduate Catalog

School of Art and Design

Director: Andrew Liccardo, M.F.A.

Location: Guggenheim 103

Telephone: 970.351.2143

Faculty: Michael A. Coronel, M.A.; Lauren Eisen, M.F.A; Mark Fetkewicz, M.F.A; Sieger Hartgers, M.A.; Kris Heintz-Nelson, M.A.; Michael Lemke M.F.A.; Andrew Liccardo, M.F.A.; Kenneth Price, M.A; Kevin Slivka, Ph.D.; Thomas Stephens, M.F.A.; Connie Stewart, Ph.D.; Andrew Jay Svedlow, Ph.D.; John Tonai, M.F.A.; Anna Ursyn, Ph.D.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD); the School of Art & Design offers the opportunity to study the artistic aspects of our heritage, our culture, visual communications and personal artistic expression, as well as the arts of other cultures and civilizations. It is the purpose of the school to provide a comprehensive education in the visual arts through studio practice, art history, cultural studies, and critical studies.

Students learn to produce works of art in a variety of media and to understand the processes of various art forms as they relate to personal expression and professional application. Through the programs of the School of Art & Design, students learn to analyze and make reasoned, critical judgments about the significance and quality of works of art. This approach gives students an excellent background for recognizing and understanding art in context, which is necessary preparation for many careers in the visual arts.

In addition, students pursuing Art Education will have demonstrated ability to teach art effectively in grades K-12.

Art and Design M.A.

The graduate program in the School of Art & Design leads to the Master of Arts degree. It offers an in-depth and individualized course of study. The program provides opportunities for the K-12 art educator seeking Master’s Degree to develop advanced expertise in art education, art history, and studio arts. The M.A. degree can also be used in preparation for further, more advanced, graduate studies. It is the goal of the School of Art & Design to encourage, foster, and provide academic rigor and artistic excellence.

Students may choose from two delivery options for the Master’s program. The first is the traditional on-campus program and the second, a low residency option. The low residency option is a hybrid model consisting of two four-week summer residencies and coursework conducted online and in face-to-face meetings, as needed, during two fall and spring semesters. This is a two-year program. Both delivery options maintain the thirty-credit requirement. The on-campus program requires a written thesis. The final requirement for the low residency program is an Action Research project and report.

Admission to the Master of Arts in Art & Design degree program is approved by the faculty of the School of Art & Design following an evaluation of the applicant's admission materials. At the time of application to the Graduate School, application materials should be sent to: Coordinator of Graduate Studies, School of Art & Design, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO 80639. Application materials include a portfolio of no less than 20 different pieces of current work in the proposed area of study submitted in one of the following formats: 35mm color slides of professional quality, or a CD or DVD containing digitized images of work in a format which will open on either a Mac or PC (Power Point, jpeg, pdf, etc.), a typewritten statement by the applicant elaborating the reasons for pursuing advanced studies in art or art education, statement to be two pages in length and an example of writing ability; three letters of recommendation, preferably from professionals working in the field; and a current resume. For more information, contact the Coordinator or Graduate Studies.

Prerequisites. Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in art or art education or the equivalent and whose grade point average is a minimum of 3.0 based on the last 60 semester hours of coursework may apply for the Master of Arts degree program in the School of Art & Design. An applicant who does not have an undergraduate major in art or art education, or its equivalent, will be required to complete specified coursework or areas of study before beginning the program.

For degree and program requirements, see:

Art & Design M.A.