Art

M.A. in Art


The 36-credit Master of Arts program is designed for visual artists who want to advance their skills in a stimulating and creative setting. The primary focus of the program is on studio art. You can select a major concentration in one of the following areas: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, computer graphics, graphic design or mixed media. Each student's program of study is individually designed to meet his or her special needs through a private conference with the graduate art adviser.

The LIU Post art faculty recognizes the creation of art as a profound and exciting experience. We provide a congenial environment that encourages new avenues of expression and the understanding of traditional and contemporary modes for creating art. In every phase of work, emphasis will be placed on the originality and substance of artistic concepts, scholarly comprehension of problems, knowledge of materials and craftsmanship. All students will take courses in art history, drawing, design and creative concepts as well as classes in their major concentration.

LIU Post’s beautiful, 307-acre landscaped campus, with its lush lawns, gardens and historic mansions, is itself an inspiration to creativity. In addition, the University offers a generous array of exhibition spaces, facilities and resources, including the Hillwood Art Museum and the Student Art League Gallery. The vibrant New York art scene is only a short car or train ride away.


Careers in the Field of Art

As a student at LIU Post you will have ample opportunities to network with potential employers through public exhibitions and collaborations with renowned local and New York City-based artists.

The graduate degree in art can lead to a rewarding career as an art conservator, art educator, art teacher, background artist for TV and film, book jacket designer, ceramist, children's book illustrator, cinematographer, commercial photographer, designer, fashion photographer, faux finish specialist, film animator, fine artist, gallery assistant, gallery director, graphic designer, greeting card designer, magazine art director, magazine photographer, master printer, picture framer, police/court artist, photo journalist, photo researcher, photo retoucher, photo stylist, photographer, retail store art director, sculptor, sign painter, silkscreen artist, technical illustrator, typographer, wall covering designer, window display designer, or Web site designer.


Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Arts must meet the following requirements for admission.

  • Application for Admission
  • Application fee: non-refundable
  • Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities you have attended.
  • Bachelor’s degree in art education with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average from an accredited school. The candidate must have completed an undergraduate major in art or a minimum of 36 credits in Studio Art classes.
  • A portfolio, evaluated by the Art Department faculty, is required for admission. The portfolio must be submitted to the Art Department Graduate Studies Office and should contain 15 to 20 samples of your most recent work and a numbered inventory list. Samples can be either original works, slides (enclosed in a slide page), CD or DVD. Photography applicants are encouraged to submit a portfolio of 20 original prints.
  • Personal artist statement that addresses the reason you are interested in pursuing graduate work in this area of study.
  • Two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s potential in the profession and ability to complete a graduate program.
  • Students for whom English is a second language must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 79 Internet-based (213 computer-based or 550 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 6.5.

Send application materials, with the exception of the portfolio, to:
Graduate Admissions
LIU Post
Admissions Processing Center
P.O. Box 805
Randolph, MA 02368-0805

The portfolio should be mailed to:
Art Department Graduate Studies Office
LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, N.Y. 11548-1300
Phone: 516-299-2465
Email: Seung.Lee@liu.edu
(Please indicate degree applying for on portfolio)


Required Classes for Art M.A.
Required Art Foundation Courses (3 credits)
ART 503 Creative Concepts 3.00
OR
ART 550 Art Criticism for Artists 3.00
Required Art Foundation Courses (3 credits)
ART 517 Design I 3.00
OR
ART 642 New Media in Art 3.00
Required Studio Art Courses (3 credits)
ART 611 Drawing I 3.00
Required Major Concentration Courses - choose 3 courses (9 credits) & Directed Elective Courses - choose 2 courses (6 credits)
ART 613 Painting I 3.00
ART 614 Painting II 3.00
ART 615 Painting III 3.00
ART 616 Painting IV 3.00
ART 621 Printmaking I 3.00
ART 622 Printmaking II 3.00
ART 623 Printmaking III 3.00
ART 624 Printmaking IV 3.00
ART 631 Graduate Ceramics 3.00
ART 635 Sculpture I 3.00
ART 636 Sculpture II 3.00
ART 637 Sculpture III 3.00
ART 638 Sculpture IV 3.00
ART 690 Advanced Graduate Projects 3.00
ART 691 Advanced Graduate Projects 3.00
ART 692 Graduate Projects Advanced 3.00
ART 693 Advanced Graduate Projects 3.00
Required Art History Courses - choose 2 courses (6 credits)
ART 581 Art History Colloquium 3.00
ART 585 Art History Independent Study 3.00
ART 671 History of Contemporary Art 3.00
ART 672 Problems in Contemporary Art 3.00
ART 679 History of Photography 3.00
ART 680 Concepts and Issues in Contemporary Photography 3.00
Required Thesis Courses (6 credits)
ART 707 Master's Studio Thesis (M.A., M.S.) 3.00
ART 708 Master's Studio Thesis (M.A., M.S.) 3.00

Required Classes for Art M.A. - Photography
Required Art Foundation Courses (3 credits)
ART 503 Creative Concepts 3.00
OR
ART 550 Art Criticism for Artists 3.00
Required Art Foundation Courses (3 credits)
ART 517 Design I 3.00
OR
ART 642 New Media in Art 3.00
Required Photography Courses (15 credits)
ART 602 Photo Workshop 3.00
ART 603 Color Photography Printing 3.00
ART 604 Current Ideas In Photography 3.00
ART 605 Photography Studio I 3.00
ART 606 Photography Studio II 3.00
Required Art History Courses (6 credits)
ART 679 History Of Photography 3.00
ART 680 Concepts and Issues in Contemporary Photography 3.00
Required Thesis Courses (6 credits)
ART 707 Master's Studio Thesis (M.A., M.S.) 3.00
ART 708 Master's Studio Thesis (M.A., M.S.) 3.00
1 Directed Elective Course - see above (3 credits)
Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 36
Minimum Major GPA: 3.00

Art Portfolio Review Days

Prospective students are invited for portfolio review and tour of our fine arts studios and facilities twice annually.

Upcoming Dates:
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Saturday, February 27, 2016

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CONTACT

College of Arts, Communications & Design
Steven Breese, Dean

Moreen Mitchell, J.D.
Assistant Dean
Moreen.Mitchell@liu.edu