Apr 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Master of Arts in Art


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The M.A. in art requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work. Students applying for the specializations in art history and visual studies research or art history and visual studies teaching must submit a sample of academic writing (e.g., a research paper for an academic course).

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/clearinghouse/outcomes/index.shtml.

Specialization in Studio Art


Students who select the specialization in studio art must pass a portfolio examination during the first academic year or prior to the completion of 15 graduate semester hours for continuance in their M.A. degree program.

Requirements


  • Art history electives (6)
  • Studio art electives (18)

Additional Requirements


  • Students must register for ART 699 during the term of the one-person exhibition or presentation and documentation. Continuous enrollment in ART 699 is required until the work is completed.
  • The student’s graduate advisory committee must consist of at least three members. The majority of the committee members must be regular faculty members at NIU; a majority should be members of the graduate faculty in the School of Art and Design; and the chair should be a faculty member with Senior Graduate Faculty status in the School of Art and Design and an appropriate specialist in the specific discipline.
  • The format of both the M.A. one-person exhibition or presentation, and its documentation, must be approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The student must document the one-person exhibition or presentation, in the approved format, and that documentation must be approved by a majority of the student’s graduate advisory committee. 
  • The documentation of the M.A. one-person exhibition or presentation, and its approval, must be reported to the graduate coordinator by the student’s committee chair by the end of the term that the work is completed. 

Specialization in Art History and Visual Studies Research


The specialization in art history and visual studies research offers preliminary study for the doctoral degree for students intending to be professional art historical researchers and educators. Applicants with little background in art history but who have done exceptionally well as undergraduates in other disciplines will also be considered. Students in the specialization in art history and visual studies research must: complete a minimum of 30 semester-hours of graduate work; complete a thesis or master’s research project; pass a comprehensive exam; and demonstrate a reading knowledge of one modern foreign language (traditionally, French, German, or Italian is the language chosen by students interested in pursuing doctoral study; however, another language may be substituted with the approval of the student’s graduate advisory committee). Students who have not taken ARTH 486 as an undergraduate must take ARTH 586.

Requirements


  • Art history electives (minimum–18)

Specialization in Art History and Visual Studies Teaching at the Two-Year College Level


The specialization in art history and visual studies teaching at the two-year college level provides preparation for teaching at the two-year college level where the doctoral degree is not required. Applicants with little background in art history but who have done exceptionally well as undergraduates in other disciplines will also be considered. Students in the specialization in art history and visual studies teaching at the two-year college level must: complete a minimum of 30 semester-hours of graduate work; complete two qualifying essays; pass a comprehensive exam; and demonstrate a reading knowledge of one modern foreign language. Students who have not taken ARTH 486 as an undergraduate must take ARTH 586.

Requirements


Art history electives (21)


Art history electives (21) Including two courses from each of the following areas: 

  • Ancient, Middle Eastern, Medieval, and Early Modern Europe
  • American, Modern, Contemporary, and Design
  • Asian, African, Oceanian, Native American, Pre-Columbian, and Latin American

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