Improve Your Artistic Perspective
Develop your visual art practice within an engaged community of peers when you earn a master's degree in studio art from the University at Albany.
This program uses intensive and intellectually challenging discourses, encouraging you to create new, ground-breaking work. When you participate in these rigorous courses and practical elements, you can expand the complexity of your studio art practice while improving your ability to think critically within the context of contemporary art.
Program of Study
Take advantage of this 30-credit MA studio art program with the ability to complete all requirements in only one year. During this time, you can work to develop an impressive portfolio that you can use to apply for an MFA or other competitive residency program or use the excellent training from this program to seek teaching credentials to become a K-12 educator.
This interdisciplinary program offers a variety of seminars and practical studio work assignments across a variety of styles, including Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture and Installation and Photography and Related Media. The Studio Art program provides 24-hour access to private and semi-private studios, well-equipped common work areas and state-of-the-art production facilities. At the end of the program, you will have the opportunity to share your thesis in the Boor Sculpture Studio with a reception that is open to the public.
- Area of specialization (12 credits): painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, or combined media.
- Art 500 MA Seminar (3 credits)
- Art 645 Thesis Exhibition (3 credits)
- Drawing and Related Media (6 credits: Art 505A and 505B)
Art History Electives
3 credits of any 500 level course or above
A master's degree in studio art prepares you for a career as a creator, critic, or curator. Alumni job titles include:
- Exhibiting artist
- Commercial art director
- Gallery director
- Museum professional
- K-12 educator
Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.
- Students will produce artwork that expresses a personal artistic vision.
- Students will produce work that demonstrates technical expertise.
- Students will produce work that reflects an understanding of contemporary issues and culture.
- Evaluating: Students will demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary art, ideas, and approaches in both a written and oral form.
- Presenting: Students will develop skills necessary for successful practice as an artist.
- Interpreting: Students will demonstrate their abilities to critically interpret works of art within a variety of contexts.