Art (MFA)

For information n the application process, please visit:

The following review and evaluation procedures apply to all students enrolled in a program leading to the MFA degree in studio art:

Upon completion of 18 semester hours of resident graduate work, the student must pass an oral examination which, with supporting creative studio work, will constitute an evaluation of his/her capability for continued enrollment in the MFA degree program. The evaluation will be conducted by a duly appointed faculty committee, which will determine if the student will be (1) continued in the regular MFA program, or (2) required to complete additional work beyond the regular MFA requirements, for the specific purpose of improving his/her skills, or (3) counseled to withdraw from the MFA program and consider alternative educational goals.

Students who successfully meet the requirements for continued enrollment in the MFA degree program, will be required to arrange a public exhibition of creative studio work during the final semester of residence. The exhibition will be evaluated by faculty, who will determine if the exhibited work represents a satisfactory level of professional accomplishment by the candidate. Faculty approval of the exhibition is a requirement for graduation.


The Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia offers graduate study in art education, art history, and eight studio disciplines. The programs, leading to the M.A., M.A.Ed., M.F.A., Ed.S., Ed.D., and Ph.D. degrees are described in detail in the Graduate Handbook.

Graduate programs necessarily presume certain aptitudes on the part of applicants, based on documented results of previous study. Admission to graduate programs is very competitive. Successful applicants are mature, highly motivated individuals capable of sustained studio work or scholarly pursuit at an advanced level. Working under the guidance of a faculty of experienced, recognized professionals, students are encouraged to develop the self-discipline essential to productive independent study and self-realization as artists and/or scholars.

Studio programs are structured to foster stylistic diversity through individual exploration. There is no dominating opinion or aesthetic espoused by the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The wide variety of images and approaches present at the school attest to the healthy ferment of ideas among students and faculty. Scholarly publications in art education and art history reflect the same freedom of inquiry.

Old College
Athens, GA 30602-1732
Lamar Dodd School of Art
270 River Road
Athens, GA 30602
Isabelle Wallace