Graduate Degree Programs in Art with a Concentration in Painting

Paintings of animals and human figures in a graduate studio

Our graduate painting programs will provide you with a strong foundation of basic techniques and concepts while developing your critical thinking skills and original imagery. The master of fine arts degree culminates in an exhibition in the East | West Galleries.

Degree details

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  1. Review and complete the university's General Requirements for Graduate Admissions.
  2. Complete the following TWU Department of Visual Arts requirements:
    • Apply online through SlideRoom.com at twuvisualarts.slideroom.com.
    • Submit the following items on SlideRoom:
      1. Brief letter of intent
      2. Brief artist statement
      3. Current vita or resumé
      4. 3 letters of recommendation
      5. Personal interview with chair or faculty advisor
      6. A portfolio of 20 images of original work (submitted online) for MA/Graphic Design and MA/Studio or MFA/Studio only.
      7. Two scholarly research papers for MA/Art History and MA/Art Education specializations.
  3. Review the application preference deadlines listed for "Art".
  4. If you have met all of the above requirements, complete the graduate school application process.

For students seeking credit for coursework 1) completed under a prior degree plan or 2) in another graduate program, both a written letter of request to the committee and an official copy of the transcript must be submitted at the time of application for admission. Requests should list the courses being petitioned for inclusion in the new degree plan. Up to 12 hours may be considered for acceptance at the discretion of the graduate faculty committee and must be emailed to visualarts@twu.edu, subject line: Graduate Applicant, Letter of Request.

Graduate admission prerequisites

Typically, an applicant in Studio Art has completed an undergraduate major in art including the minimum coursework stated below. However, if this coursework has not been completed, the departmental graduate committee and primary advisor may determine exemptions and deficiencies and design a program of study. For Art Education, typically an applicant has art teacher certification. All course work deficiencies must be completed before the student begins graduate coursework.

  • Design (6 semester credit hours)
  • Drawing (6 semester credit hours)
  • Painting (3 semester credit hours)
  • Sculpture (3 semester credit hours)
  • Art History (12 semester credit hours)
  • Major area of concentration (12 to 24 semester credit hours)

Academic requirements & acceptance to candidacy

Once admitted and enrolled, students must maintain a grade of B or higher in any course within the area of concentration. Courses with a grade of C or lower do not count toward the student's area and must be repeated. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher must be maintained for the last 36 hours of graduate coursework. Prospectus may be repeated twice; a third enrollment requires approval by the Graduate Committee. 

12-hour review

After the initial admission, students will complete a 12-hour review for candidacy to the program.

Next steps

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Program faculty

Gary Washmon 
gwashmon@twu.edu 
940-898-2539

Page last updated 3:36 PM, September 21, 2017