Houston Baptist University Catalog

Master of Fine Arts ( MFA ) Course Descriptions

  • MFA 5311 GRADUATE PAINTING I

    MFA 5311 Graduate Painting I
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Graduate painting students will, in this introductory course, use a variety of painting processes including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and mixed media works to establish their central body of creative art. Interdisciplinary activities combining 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development toward a classical ability both in drawing and painting techniques and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

  • MFA 5312 GRADUATE PAINTING II

    MFA 5312 Graduate Painting II
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Graduate painting students will, in this second level course, continue in their use of a variety of painting processes including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and mixed media works to establish their central body of creative art. Interdisciplinary activities combining 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development toward a classical ability both in drawing and painting techniques and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

  • MFA 5313 GRADUATE PAINTING III

    MFA 5313 Graduate Painting III
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5311 and MFA 5312
    Graduate painting students will, in this third level course, become more adept with a variety of painting processes including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and mixed media works to establish their central body of creative art. Interdisciplinary activities combining 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development toward a classical ability both in drawing and painting techniques and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

  • MFA 5314 GRADUATE PAINTING IV

    MFA 5314 Graduate Painting IV
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5311 and MFA 5312
    Graduate painting students will use a variety of painting processes including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and mixed media works to establish their central body of creative art. Interdisciplinary activities combining 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development toward a classical ability both in drawing and painting techniques and be prepared to explore their thesis content in painting activities. These courses in graduate painting focus on the development of an interdisciplinary professional discourse and creating works of art needed in order to master the fine art of painting. All activities of graduate painting are juxtaposed towards the creation of original works of art, which express the individual. These creative impulses are organized with the student through criticism by the professor. These critical thoughts lead towards the implementation of content and processes in the artists’ work. When developed the critical and spiritual path of discoveries required of any professional artist will be fully achieved.

  • MFA 5321 GRADUATE DRAWING I

    MFA 5321 Graduate Drawing I
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course will introduce students to use the processes of wet and dry media, including watercolor, ink, charcoal, pastel, conte combined with new and experimental media including encaustic, rubbing, drawing ability, etc. Students will be expected to continue their development toward a classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

  • MFA 5322 GRADUATE DRAWING II

    MFA 5322 Graduate Drawing II
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course will continue to introduce students to use the processes of wet and dry media, including watercolor, ink, charcoal, pastel, conte combined with new and experimental media including encaustic, rubbing, etc. Students will be expected to continue their development toward a classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

  • MFA 5323 GRADUATE DRAWING III

    MFA 5323 Graduate Drawing III
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5321 and MFA 5322
    Students in this course will begin to become more adept in the use of processes of wet and dry media, including watercolor, ink, charcoal, pastel, conte combined with new and experimental media including encaustic, rubbing, etc. Students will be expected to continue their development toward a classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

  • MFA 5324 GRADUATE DRAWING IV

    MFA 5324 Graduate Drawing IV
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5321 and MFA 5322
    This course will allow students to use the processes of wet and dry media, including watercolor, ink, charcoal, pastel, and conte combined with new and experimental media including encaustic, rubbing, etc. Students will be expected to continue their development toward a classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

  • MFA 5331 GRADUATE CERAMICS I

    MFA 5331 Graduate Ceramics I
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course in Ceramics will require a high level of traditional skills in building 3-dimensional clay sculptural forms in addition to traditional ceramic techniques such as throwing, and hand-building. The course will combine experimental processes, glaze variations and clay body recipes for low and high range firing temperatures. Student’s work will begin to achieve a thematic focus by the end of the semester.

  • MFA 5332 GRADUATE CERAMICS II

    MFA 5332 Graduate Ceramics II
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course in Ceramics will require a high level of traditional skills in building 3-dimensional clay sculptural forms in addition to traditional ceramic techniques such as throwing, and hand-building. The course will combine experimental processes, glaze variations and clay body recipes for low and high range firing temperatures. Student’s work will continue to achieve a thematic focus by the end of the semester.

  • MFA 5333 GRADUATE CERAMICS III

    MFA 5333 Graduate Ceramics III
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5331 and MFA 5332
    This course in Ceramics will require a high level of traditional skills in building 3-dimensional clay sculptural forms in addition to traditional ceramic techniques such as throwing, and hand-building. The course will combine experimental processes, glaze variations and clay body recipes for low and high range firing temperatures. Student’s work will begin to develop a more mature thematic focus by the end of the semester.

  • MFA 5334 GRADUATE CERAMICS IV

    MFA 5334 Graduate Ceramics IV
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5331 and MFA 5332
    This course combines, through experimental processes, glaze variations and clay body recipes for low and high range firing temperatures. This course will require a high level of traditional skills in building 3-dimensional clay sculptural forms in addition to traditional ceramic techniques such as throwing and hand-building. A student’s work is expected to achieve a thematic focus by the end of the semester.

  • MFA 5341 GRADUATE SCULPTURE I

    MFA 5341 Graduate Sculpture I
    Prerequisite(s): None
    In this graduate sculpture course, students will begin to learn how to translate drawings into 3-dimensional media such as steel, bronze, assemblage, found objects, wood, plaster, film, and installation including video and audio. Students will be expected to continue their development of drawing skills along with sculpture processes both subtractive and additive techniques. All techniques used in this course and the resulting projects culminate towards the student’s thesis content.

  • MFA 5342 GRADUATE SCULPTURE II

    MFA 5342 Graduate Sculpture II
    Prerequisite(s): None
    In this graduate sculpture course, students will begin to learn how to translate drawings into 3-dimensional media such as steel, bronze, assemblage, found objects, wood, plaster, film, and installation including video and audio. Students will be expected to continue their development of drawing skills along with sculpture processes both subtractive and additive techniques. All techniques used in this course and the resulting projects culminate towards the student’s thesis content.

  • MFA 5343 GRADUATE SCULPTURE III

    MFA 5343 Graduate Sculpture III
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5341 and MFA 5342
    In this graduate sculpture course, students will begin to learn how to translate drawings into 3-dimensional media such as steel, bronze, assemblage, found objects, wood, plaster, film, and installation including video and audio. Students will be expected to continue their development of drawing skills along with sculpture processes both subtractive and additive techniques. All techniques used in this course and the resulting projects culminate towards the student’s thesis content.

  • MFA 5344 GRADUATE SCULPTURE IV

    MFA 5344 Graduate Sculpture IV
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5341 and MFA 5342
    In this graduate sculpture course, students will begin to learn how to translate drawings into 3-dimensional media such as steel, bronze, assemblage, found objects, wood, plaster, film, and installation including video and audio. Students will be expected to continue their development of drawing skills along with sculpture processes both subtractive and additive techniques. All techniques used in this course and the resulting projects culminate towards the student’s thesis content.

  • MFA 5351 GRADUATE PRINTMAKING I

    MFA 5351 Graduate Printmaking I
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course will allow a student to begin to explore in new ways one or more of the following drawing and printmaking techniques: etching, silkscreen, woodblock printing, intaglio, mono printing in the traditional and digital processes. Students will discover a personal voice in preparation for the development of their thesis content. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of printmaking techniques before enrolling.

  • MFA 5352 GRADUATE PRINTMAKING II

    MFA 5352 Graduate Printmaking II
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course will allow a student to explore in new ways one or more of the following drawing and printmaking techniques: etching, silkscreen, woodblock printmaking, intaglio, mono printing in the traditional and digital processes. Students will discover a personal voice in preparation for the development of their thesis content.

  • MFA 5353 GRADUATE PRINTMAKING III

    MFA 5353 Graduate Printmaking III
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5351 and MFA 5352
    This course will allow a student to continue to explore in new ways one or more of the following drawing and printmaking techniques: etching, silkscreen, woodblock printing, intaglio, mono printing in the traditional and digital processes. Students will discover a personal voice in preparation for the development of their thesis content.

  • MFA 5354 GRADUATE PRINTMAKING IV

    MFA 5354 Graduate Printmaking IV
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5351 and MFA 5352
    This course will allow a student to begin to explore in new ways one or more of the following drawing and printmaking techniques: etching, silkscreen, woodblock printing, intaglio, mono printing in the traditional and digital processes. Students will discover a personal voice in preparation for the development of their thesis content. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of printmaking techniques before enrolling.

  • MFA 5363 EXPER DIGIT METHD/MATRIALS III

    MFA 5363 Graduate Experimental Digital Methods and Materials III
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5361 and MFA 5362
    This course will enhance the fine arts studio experience by integrating experimental digital tools. Starting with simple and practical image editing and correction, the student quickly branches out into using the computer as another important tool in creating art. Course topics may include: working with digital photography, digital drawing and painting, 3D software, sound art, video art and the technology behind installation art. The students will research the history of movements within digital art (Generative Art, glitch, Datamoshing, etc.) They will explore the virtual tools and materials that state-of-the-art digital media has to offer. These cutting-edge programs (including Painter, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Ableton Live, etc.) provide an amazing variety of flexible and expressive possibilities. This digital studio course is designed to integrate with the hands-on studio experience, opening new dynamic, creative directions for the student as they develop their thesis.

  • MFA 5387 THE MODERN WORLD

    MFA 5387 The Modern World
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course introduces students to the period of Romanticism and Modernity. The goals of the course are: to read the foundational texts of Romanticism and Modernism, to place them in their historical, philosophical, scientific, and religious contexts, to understand the relationship between the Romanticism and Modernism, and to consider the impact of these movements on the post-modern world. Authors read in this class may include: Goethe, Wordsworth, Nietzsche, Eliot, Einstein and Beckett.

  • MFA 5388 THE LAST FIFTY YEARS

    MFA 5388 The Last Fifty Years
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course introduces students to recent developments in western civilization. Special attention will be given to Postmodernism and how has it influenced American culture. The goals of the course are: to examine the critical moral, political, economic, and social questions of the 20th century, and to understand the connection between this period and those that have preceded it. Special attention will be given to primary source readings.

  • MFA 5390 WESTERN CULTURE/HUMAN EXP I

    MFA 5390 Western Culture and Human Experience
    Prerequisite(s): None
    These courses are a core component of the MLA program and offer a broad overview of history, politics, art, and philosophy. MLA 5390 will cover the years from the time of classical Greece through the medieval period; MLA 5391 will cover the Renaissance, Reformation, and Early Modern period; MLA 5392 will cover from the French revolution through Modern times.

  • MFA 6315 GRADUATE PAINTING V

    MFA 6315 Graduate Painting V
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5311 and MFA 5312 and MFA 5313 and MFA 5314
    Graduate painting students will use a variety of painting processes including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and mixed media works to establish their central body of creative art. Interdisciplinary activities combining 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development toward a classical ability both in drawing and painting techniques and be prepared to explore their thesis content in painting activities. These courses in graduate painting focus on the development of an interdisciplinary professional discourse and creating works of art needed in order to master the fine art of painting. All activities of graduate painting are juxtaposed towards the creation of original works of art, which express the individual. These creative impulses are organized with the student through criticism by the professor. These critical thoughts lead towards the implementation of content and processes in the artists’ work. When developed the critical and spiritual path of discoveries required of any professional artist will be fully achieved.

  • MFA 6316 GRADUATE PAINTING VI

    MFA 6316 Graduate Painting VI
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5311 and MFA 5312 and MFA 5313 and MFA 5314
    Graduate painting students will use a variety of painting processes including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and mixed media works to establish their central body of creative art. Interdisciplinary activities combining 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development toward a classical ability both in drawing and painting techniques and be prepared to explore their thesis content in painting activities. These courses in graduate painting focus on the development of an interdisciplinary professional discourse and creating works of art needed in order to master the fine art of painting. All activities of graduate painting are juxtaposed towards the creation of original works of art, which express the individual. These creative impulses are organized with the student through criticism by the professor. These critical thoughts lead towards the implementation of content and processes in the artists’ work. When developed the critical and spiritual path of discoveries required of any professional artist will be fully achieved.

  • MFA 6317 GRADUATE PAINTING VII

    MFA 6317 Graduate Painting VII
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5311 and MFA 5312 and MFA 5313 and MFA 5314 and MFA 6315 and MFA 6316
    Graduate painting students will use a variety of painting processes including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and mixed media works to establish their central body of creative art. Interdisciplinary activities combining 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development toward a classical ability both in drawing and painting techniques and be prepared to explore their thesis content in painting activities. These courses in graduate painting focus on the development of an interdisciplinary professional discourse and creating works of art needed in order to master the fine art of painting. All activities of graduate painting are juxtaposed towards the creation of original works of art, which express the individual. These creative impulses are organized with the student through criticism by the professor. These critical thoughts lead towards the implementation of content and processes in the artists’ work. When developed the critical and spiritual path of discoveries required of any professional artist will be fully achieved.

  • MFA 6318 GRADUATE PAINTING VIII

    MFA 6318 Graduate Painting VIII
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5311 and MFA 5312 and MFA 5313 and MFA 5314 and MFA 6315 and MFA 6316
    Graduate painting students will use a variety of painting processes including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and mixed media works to establish their central body of creative art. Interdisciplinary activities combining 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional processes will be acceptable. Students will be expected to continue their development toward a classical ability both in drawing and painting techniques and be prepared to explore their thesis content in painting activities. These courses in graduate painting focus on the development of an interdisciplinary professional discourse and creating works of art needed in order to master the fine art of painting. All activities of graduate painting are juxtaposed towards the creation of original works of art, which express the individual. These creative impulses are organized with the student through criticism by the professor. These critical thoughts lead towards the implementation of content and processes in the artists’ work. When developed the critical and spiritual path of discoveries required of any professional artist will be fully achieved.

  • MFA 6335 GRADUATE CERAMICS V

    MFA 6335 Graduate Ceramics V
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5331 and MFA 5332 and MFA 5333 and MFA 5334
    This course combines, through experimental processes, glaze variations and clay body recipes for low and high range firing temperatures. This course will require a high level of traditional skills in building 3-dimensional clay sculptural forms in addition to traditional ceramic techniques such as throwing and hand-building. A student’s work is expected to achieve a thematic focus by the end of the semester.

  • MFA 6336 GRADUATE CERAMICS VI

    MFA 6336 Graduate Ceramics VI
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5331 and MFA 5332 and MFA 5333 and MFA 5334
    This course combines, through experimental processes, glaze variations and clay body recipes for low and high range firing temperatures. This course will require a high level of traditional skills in building 3-dimensional clay sculptural forms in addition to traditional ceramic techniques such as throwing and hand-building. A student’s work is expected to achieve a thematic focus by the end of the semester.

  • MFA 6337 GRADUATE CERAMICS VII

    MFA 6337 Graduate Ceramics VII
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5331 and MFA 5332 and MFA 5333 and MFA 5334 and MFA 6335 and MFA 6336
    This course combines, through experimental processes, glaze variations and clay body recipes for low and high range firing temperatures. This course will require a high level of traditional skills in building 3-dimensional clay sculptural forms in addition to traditional ceramic techniques such as throwing and hand-building. A student’s work is expected to achieve a thematic focus by the end of the semester.

  • MFA 6338 GRADUATE CERAMICS VIII

    MFA 6338 Graduate Ceramics VIII
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5331 and MFA 5332 and MFA 5333 and MFA 5334 and MFA 6335 and MFA 6336
    This course combines, through experimental processes, glaze variations and clay body recipes for low and high range firing temperatures. This course will require a high level of traditional skills in building 3-dimensional clay sculptural forms in addition to traditional ceramic techniques such as throwing and hand-building. A student’s work is expected to achieve a thematic focus by the end of the semester.

  • MFA 6345 GRADUATE SCULPTURE V

    MFA 6345 Graduate Sculpture V
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5341 and MFA 5342 and MFA 5343 and MFA 5344
    In this graduate sculpture course, students will begin to become more adept in learning how to translate drawings into 3-dimensional media such as steel, bronze, assemblage, found objects, wood, plaster, film, and installation including video and audio. Students will be expected to continue their development of a high level of drawing skill and materials and methods of sculpture both subtractive and additive techniques. All techniques used in this course and the resulting projects culminate towards each student’s thesis content.

  • MFA 6346 GRADUATE SCULPTURE VI

    MFA 6346 Graduate Sculpture VI
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5341 and MFA 5342 and MFA 5343 and MFA 5344
    In this graduate sculpture course, students will begin to become more adept in learning how to translate drawings into 3-dimensional media such as steel, bronze, assemblage, found objects, wood, plaster, film, and installation including video and audio. Students will be expected to continue their development of a high level of drawing skill and materials and methods of sculpture both subtractive and additive techniques. All techniques used in this course and the resulting projects culminate towards each student’s thesis content.

  • MFA 6347 GRADUATE SCULPTURE VII

    MFA 6347 Graduate Sculpture VII
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5341 and MFA 5342 and MFA 5343 and MFA 5344 and MFA 6345 and MFA 6346
    In this graduate sculpture course, students will begin to become more adept in learning how to translate drawings into 3-dimensional media such as steel, bronze, assemblage, found objects, wood, plaster, film, and installation including video and audio. Students will be expected to continue their development of a high level of drawing skill and materials and methods of sculpture both subtractive and additive techniques. All techniques used in this course and the resulting projects culminate towards each student’s thesis content.

  • MFA 6348 GRADUATE SCULPTURE VIII

    MFA 6348 Graduate Sculpture VIII
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5341 and MFA 5342 and MFA 5343 and MFA 5344 and MFA 6345 and MFA 6346
    In this graduate sculpture course, students will begin to become more adept in learning how to translate drawings into 3-dimensional media such as steel, bronze, assemblage, found objects, wood, plaster, film, and installation including video and audio. Students will be expected to continue their development of a high level of drawing skill and materials and methods of sculpture both subtractive and additive techniques. All techniques used in this course and the resulting projects culminate towards each student’s thesis content.

  • MFA 6352 GRADUATE DRAWING V

    MFA 6352 Graduate Drawing V
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5321 and MFA 5322 and MFA 5323 and MFA 5324
    This course will allow students to use the processes of wet and dry media, including watercolor, ink, charcoal, pastel, cont? combined with new and experimental media including encaustic, rubbing etc. Students will be expected to continue their development toward a for classical ability drawing and be prepared to explore thesis content in their painting activities.

  • MFA 6355 GRADUATE PRINTMAKING V

    MFA 6355 Graduate Printmaking V
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5351 and MFA 5353 and MFA 5353 and MFA 5354
    This course will allow a student to begin to explore in new ways one or more of the following drawing and printmaking techniques: etching, silkscreen, woodblock printing, intaglio, mono printing in the traditional and digital processes. Students will discover a personal voice in preparation for the development of their thesis content. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of printmaking techniques before enrolling.

  • MFA 6356 GRADUATE PRINTMAKING VI

    MFA 6356 Graduate Printmaking VI
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5351 and MFA 5352 and MFA 5353 and MFA 5354
    This course will allow a student to begin to explore in new ways one or more of the following drawing and printmaking techniques: etching, silkscreen, woodblock printing, intaglio, mono printing in the traditional and digital processes. Students will discover a personal voice in preparation for the development of their thesis content. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of printmaking techniques before enrolling.

  • MFA 6357 GRADUATE PRINTMAKING VII

    MFA 6357 Graduate Printmaking VII
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5351 and MFA 5352 and MFA 5353 and MFA 5354 and MFA 6355 and MFA 6357
    This course will allow a student to begin to explore in new ways one or more of the following drawing and printmaking techniques: etching, silkscreen, woodblock printing, intaglio, mono printing in the traditional and digital processes. Students will discover a personal voice in preparation for the development of their thesis content. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of printmaking techniques before enrolling.

  • MFA 6358 GRADUATE PRINTMAKING VIII

    MFA 6358 Graduate Printmaking VIII
    Prerequisite(s): MFA 5351 and MFA 5352 and MFA 5353 and MFA 5354 and MFA 6355 and MFA 6357
    This course will allow a student to begin to explore in new ways one or more of the following drawing and printmaking techniques: etching, silkscreen, woodblock printing, intaglio, mono printing in the traditional and digital processes. Students will discover a personal voice in preparation for the development of their thesis content. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of printmaking techniques before enrolling.

  • MFA 6361 GRAD GALLERY/MUSEUM PRACTICE I

    MFA 6361 Graduate Gallery and Museum Practices I
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This Gallery and Museum Practices course will begin to introduce the MFA student to a conceptual and practical understanding of art exhibitions and their importance in the careers of visual artists, as well as their contributions to contemporary society. Visits to Houston area museums and galleries will be an important component of this course. Lectures will be offered on the history of fine art venues from the late 19th century to the present.

  • MFA 6388 WRITING ABOUT ART

    MFA 6388 Writing About Art
    Prerequisite(s): None
    The Master of Fine Arts course Writing About Art explores written documents and taped interviews by modern and contemporary artists and critics. This course differs from those that explore art historical movements in that a primary focus is on the written and verbal statements by individual artists whether or not they agree with art historical canons. The writings are an extension of the visual artist?s studio life, with the course being organized to explore the artist as correspondent, aesthetic statesman, critic, and collaborator. MFA students will be required to keep a journal of their own writings, as well as participate in the seminar style discussions of the assigned readings.

  • MFA 6399 THESIS/PORTFOLIO PREPARATION

    MFA 6399 Graduate Thesis/ Portfolio Development
    Prerequisite(s): None
    All MFA graduate studio majors will, in this course, coordinate their thesis writing and body of art created during their MFA period of study preparing both for their Thesis MFA professional exhibition. Each student will work with their graduate committee chair, as primary instructor for this final seminar course during their last semester. The professor and candidate will work together to ensure the best possible portfolio development. Work that has already been started relating to the student’s individual thesis writing and creative oeuvre will be coordinated and edited during the duration of this course. Satisfactory approval of both the Art faculty and the UAC Gallery director are needed prior to any MFA thesis exhibition, public MFA presentation lecture and oral thesis defense.