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.)

Art History

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 Requirements

  • 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; nine additional 5000-level art history lecture hours; three hours each in Renaissance and Baroque, 18th- and 19thcentury, and 20th-century art; six approved elective hours; and a thesis with oral defense.

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

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 fields including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, illustration and graphic design, sculpture, and ceramics. 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 of Graduate Studio; 3 hours or ARST 7357 30- Hour Project & Exhibition; 3 hours of approved studio electives; 6 hours of art history; 3 hours of ARED 7320 Art Education for the Professional Artist I or MGMT 5383 Issues in Entrepreneurship; or an appropriate substitution as determined by the graduate coordinator; and 3 hours of Integrative Practices.

Visual Art Additional 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.