Graduate Degrees

Graduate Coordinator: Joli Livaudais |

The Department of Art offers graduate instruction leading to a masters degree in art (MA in Art) with areas of concentration in Art History, Studio Art, and Art Education. For complete degree requirements see the university graduate catalog.

Admission Requirements

Prospective applicants are encouraged to schedule an interview with the program coordinator before applying, although this is not required. All application materials are due by April 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.

Official transcripts, GRE scores (if used), and letters of recommendation should be sent to the UALR Graduate School. Other requirements should be sent to the program coordinator in the Department of Art and Design.

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale). A B.A. or B.F.A. in art is preferable but other experiences will be considered.
  • Two letters of recommendation (optional for students who have taken art courses at UALR during the three years previous to the application)
  • Statement of objectives and goals (500-1,000 words)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score is optional and may be submitted to bolster the application. (Application forms for some financial aid offered through UALR require information about the GRE score.)

Master of Arts in Art (MA) Art History

The Department of Art and Design offers graduate instruction leading to a Master of Arts degree in Art (MA) with an emphasis in Art History or Visual Art.

The Art History concentration is designed for persons interested in professional academic, museum studies, or arts management careers and prepares students for doctoral study. It offers a broad-based study of the history of visual expression and opportunities for advanced research projects. Art historians analyze and articulate the meaning and form of human experience as embodied in works of art. The field encompasses the world of art and architecture as it exists today and has been understood visually and verbally in the past.

Art History Additional Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college
  • Undergraduate research paper (preferably treating an art historical problem but may be in a related area such as literature, history, cultural or intellectual history, anthropology, or aesthetics)
  • 18 undergraduate art history hours

Program Requirements

The Art History concentration requires:

  • 30 graduate credit hours, including 5300 Studies in the History of Art
  • 9 additional 5000-level art history lecture hours
  • 3 hours each in Renaissance and Baroque, 18th and 19th century, and 20th century art
  • 6 approved elective hours
  • Thesis with oral defense

Students gain a solid foundation to pursue Master’s or PhD programs in art history, and it also prepares students for careers as:

  • Art administrator for art galleries, auction houses, museums, and historic sites
  • Art Appraiser
  • Art History Professor or Instructor
  • Art Journalist
  • Attorney
  • Collections Manager
  • Curator for institutional and corporate collections
  • Development officer for nonprofit and public art programming
  • Manager for private, corporate, or public art programming
  • Visual Arts and Digital Media Archivist
  • Volunteer and/or Docent Coordinator for a Museum

Master of Arts in Art (MA) Visual Art

The Department of Art and Design offers graduate instruction leading to a Master of Arts degree in Art (MA) with an emphasis in Art History or Visual Art.

The Visual Art concentration is a 30 hour program that prepares persons to practice art in a professional capacity, to teach art, and for further study toward the terminal Master of Fine Arts degree. It offers professional development through major studio disciplines, including ceramics, drawing, furniture design & woodworking, graphic design, illustration, metalsmithing & jewelry, painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. This concentration is designed for those with the potential to sustain productive careers as artists and who will continue to produce and exhibit their work.

The Visual Art concentration is a 30 hour program that requires:

  • 12 hours: graduate studio
  • 3 hours: ARST 7357 (30-Hour Project & Exhibition)
  • 3 hours: approved studio electives
  • 6 hours: art history
  • 3 hours: ARED 7320 (Art Education for the Professional Artist I) or MGMT 5383 (Issues in Entrepreneurship) or appropriate substitution as determined by graduate coordinator
  • 3 hours: Integrative Practices (ARST 7171, 7172, and 7173)

Visual Art Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Digital Portfolio of 20 high-quality images (detailing a minimum of 10 artworks) with the majority of the works in the medium of concentration.
  • 24 undergraduate art hours, including 9 in art history are preferable but other experiences will be considered.

For more information, visit the online graduate catalog listing for MA in Art Visual Art Track.

Potential Career Fields:

  • Apparel Accessory Designer
  • Advertising & Promotions
  • Advertising Director
  • Architect
  • Art Critic
  • Art Director
  • Art Education
  • Art Historian
  • Art Retailer
  • Art Teacher / Professor
  • Art Therapy
  • Art Transporter / Courier
  • Arts Administrator
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Conservator
  • Creative Director
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Fabric Designer
  • Fine Art Framer
  • Freelance Graphic Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Gallery Director
  • Gallery Owner
  • Graphic Novel Illustrator
  • Interior Designer
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Landscape Architect / Designer
  • Multimedia Artist & Animator
  • Museum Curator
  • Museum Preparator
  • Museum Studies
  • Photojournalist
  • Potter / Ceramic Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Production Artist
  • Sculptor
  • Theatre or Film Costume Designer
  • Theatre or Film Prop Designer
  • Theatre or Film Set Designer
  • Typeface Designer
  • Urban Designer
  • User Experience (UX) Designer
  • User Interface (UI) Designer
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Web Designer
  • Wood Worker