Master of Arts in Studio Art and Theory Academic Requirements

The Summer Institute for Visual Arts at Drury University provides an intensive two-month period each summer to focus on artistic development in a critically driven environment while earning graduate level course credit toward a Master of Arts in Studio Art and Theory (MART) degree.

By combining artist residency and graduate program structures, the MART degree program aims to bridge the gap between an academic undergraduate education and a professional art practice. The curriculum consists of three summer sessions of intensive artistic engagement that include studio and theory courses (six credits of studio and three credits of theory or thesis totaling 9 credits) plus an online seminar (Dialogues and Practices) resulting in a total of 30 hours of coursework for which a Master of Arts in Studio Art and Theory degree will be granted.


Required Courses (30 hours):

MART 613: Alpha Studio
6 credit hours

This course affords the first year cohort of student artists an introduction to the Summer Institute of Visual Arts graduate program through studio work and individual and group discussions. The agenda of the course will be student derived in accordance with individual intentions, after collaborative discussion with cohort artists and the teaching faculty. Must be taken concurrently with MART 614. This course replaces MART 611 2D Studio.

MART 614: Theory & Criticism I
3 credit hours

This course affords the first year cohort of student artists an introduction to modern and contemporary theory and criticism. Through reading, writing, faculty lectures and group discussions, this course is meant to clarify theoretical and critical issues raised by the creative studio work of the cohort members and must be taken concurrently with MART 613. This course replaces MART 612 2D Theory and Criticism.

MART 623: Theory & Criticism II
3 credit hours

This course expands on the introduction provided by MART 614 Theory and Criticism I and affords the second year cohort of student artists intensified engagement with contemporary art issues. Through reading, writing, faculty lectures and group discussions, this course is meant to clarify theoretical and critical issues raised by the creative studio work of the cohort members and must be taken concurrently with two sections of MART 631- 634. This course replaces MART 622 3D Theory and Criticism.

MART 633: Visiting Artist Studio I
3 credit hours

This course is a part of the visiting artist sequence (633-636) which affords second and third year cohort students the opportunity to work directly with Summer Institute of Visual Arts visiting artist fellows, toward a student derived agenda in accord with individual intentions, determined by collaborative discussion with cohort artists and the teaching faculty. Courses in this sequence may be taken in any order, but may not be repeated. Must be taken concurrently with MART 623 (in second year) or MART 652 (in third year). The visiting artist sequence (633, 634, 635, 636) replaces MART 631 and 641.

MART 634: Visiting Artist Studio II
3 credit hours

This course is a part of the visiting artist sequence (633-636) which affords second and third year cohort students the opportunity to work directly with Summer Institute of Visual Arts visiting artist fellows, toward a student derived agenda in accord with individual intentions, determined by collaborative discussion with cohort artists and the teaching faculty. Courses in this sequence may be taken in any order, but may not be repeated. Must be taken concurrently with MART 623 (in second year) or MART 652 (in third year). The visiting artist sequence (633, 634, 635, 636) replaces MART 631 and 641.

MART 635: Visiting Artist Studio III
3 credit hours

This course is a part of the visiting artist sequence (633-636) which affords second and third year cohort students the opportunity to work directly with Summer Institute of Visual Arts visiting artist fellows, toward a student derived agenda in accord with individual intentions, determined by collaborative discussion with cohort artists and the teaching faculty. Courses in this sequence may be taken in any order, but may not be repeated. Must be taken concurrently with MART 623 (in second year) or MART 652 (in third year). The visiting artist sequence (633, 634, 635, 636) replaces MART 631 and 641.

MART 636: Visiting Artist Studio IV
3 credit hours

This course is a part of the visiting artist sequence (633-636) which affords second and third year cohort students the opportunity to work directly with Summer Institute of Visual Arts visiting artist fellows, toward a student derived agenda in accord with individual intentions, determined by collaborative discussion with cohort artists and the teaching faculty. Courses in this sequence may be taken in any order, but may not be repeated. Must be taken concurrently with MART 623 (in second year) or MART 652 (in third year). The visiting artist sequence (633, 634, 635, 636) replaces MART 631 and 641.

MART 643: Dialogues and Practices
3 credit hours

Dialogues and Practices is a self-directed travel and research course that provides greater context for the creative work done in the program’s three summer sessions through museum visits, film screenings and participation in other art-related events. The Dialogues and Practices website serves as a platform for students to reflect upon and share their explorations of contemporary art through written responses and images. This course is taken by independent study online between the second and third years of the program. This course replaces MART 651 Omega Seminar.

MART 652: Artist Thesis
3 credit hours

This course affords the third year cohort of student artists the opportunity to synthesize their previous experiences in both the studio and theory components of the program, engages professional development through the creation of a graduate thesis in the form of a comprehensive packet of professional documents (i.e. artist statement, portfolio, artist resume and CV, project proposals), and culminates in the completion of the Graduate Thesis Exhibition. This course must be taken during the students’ third year in the program. This course replaces MART 642 Extended Media Theory and Criticism.