The Master of Fine Arts degree is considered to be a terminal academic degree for studio artists and is required for most College and University teaching positions. The Department of Art M.F.A. curriculum offers the student the discipline, training and artistic understanding required for life as a practicing artist and professional. It is designed to develop the student’s capabilities for creative thinking and a sense of open inquiry, together with a thorough awareness of the multiplicity of new and traditional principles. Such capabilities may further enable an artist to make a valuable contribution as a professional artist, designer, art instructor, arts administrator, museum staff, gallery owner or other related creative professional. Graduate students are chosen on the basis of artistic accomplishment and potential, evidence of conscientious work habits and sense of commitment.