Graduate MFA

Art & Technology is an interdisciplinary area in the Department of Art, designed to foster experimentation and realization of new forms and to help students develop their own unique vision and aesthetic as a fine artist, utilizing technological tools. The MFA in the Department of Art is a three-year degree.

Our graduate students are focused on conceptualization as the driving force for creative explorations within digital media and advanced technologies, though our graduates originate from diverse BFA backgrounds.

Computers and digital media are powerful tools of expression and we seek to expose our graduates to a wide array of creative approaches to understanding a critical use of technology that acknowledges history and theory while also defining what is next at the intersection of the arts, technology, and sciences.

To get a sense of the kind of artwork graduate students are making here: See more videos by Art & Tech Graduate students on our Vimeo group.
Art and Technology is ranked number 2 in the nation in the Top 50 Public 3D Animation School Programs in the US.

Faculty in  Art & Technology have published widely in international art and scientific publications, such as Antennae Magazine, Art and Electronic Media, Artbyte (New York), Leonardo, Circa Magazine (Ireland), Art Press (Paris), Artificial Life, Wired Magazine, Computer Graphics Magazine and Scientific Visualization publications.

Faculty and graduate students in Art & Technology have been very active in conferences and international exhibitions such as SIGGRAPH, Prix Ars Electronica (Austria), The New York Digital Salon and the Biennale for Electronic Arts in Perth (Australia).

In addition to three full-time professors in Art & Technology, affiliated professors in Film Studies, painting, and drawing, Comparative Studies, sculpture, photography, glass, and physics, bring expertise and knowledge to the area and promote interdisciplinary experimentation.

Graduates can take courses across the university – engineering, biology, art history, computer science, biomedical engineering courses and many others, are available to our graduate students.

The majority of accepted MFA candidates are offered a teaching assistantship position. This includes free tuition and a monthly stipend in exchange for 20 hours of work per week. Additional financial assistance is available through grants. Graduates are provided with either a shared or individual studio during the three years of their studies.

To apply to Art and Technology there are no specific courses applicants need to have completed as undergraduates, rather, we require a strong portfolio of creative artwork. That work does not necessarily need to be technological though does need to be poetic and conceptually oriented. The graduate course of study is highly independent and students are expected to focus on developing their own art-making practice.

Graduates with an emphasis in Art & Technology go on to become practicing artists and professors expressing their artistic approaches and ideas in video, film, interactive media, robotic installation, animation, and performance and new forms.

Application information, forms and deadlines available online here

For more information about applying to this area, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Art: 614-292-5072

For specific questions about the Art & Technology area, contact Professors Ken Rinaldo, Amy Youngs


MFA Requirements:

A minimum of 72 credit hours, all at the graduate level, is required for the MFA degree.
A. Studio Studies (40 – 52 Credits):
1. A minimum of 23 credit hours in your major studio area, including *669X, 779X, 889X and which may also include a maximum of two area required courses.
· Required area coursework may be structured as a requirement for all students within a studio discipline, or (per Advisor) customized as an individual student requirement
· No area shall require more than one area course per semester per student.
· All area required coursework (excluding area critiques and thesis coursework) will be completed by the end of the student’s third semester.
* NOTE: X = Area Designation (See P. 11)
2. Art 689X: Area Group Critique (1 credit; graded S/U) is required semesters 1 – 5.
3. A minimum of 12 and maximum of 21 credit hours in courses including Art 669X, 779X, 889X outside of your major studio area, but within the Department of Art or another studio-based program (such as dance, theater, music, architecture) or with affiliated faculty and others approved by your advisor. ASC 6750 is included in this section.

B. MFA Common Studies (17 – 24 Credits):
1. 9 credits of required Department of Art Seminars, which must include the First Year Interdisciplinary Seminar (Art 6018) in the first semester, Teaching in the Studio Classroom (Art 6108) in the second semester, Research and Writing for Artists (Art 7208) in the fourth semester.
2. A minimum of 6 and maximum of 14 Thesis credit hours, to include: Thesis Advising (Art 7999.01), two credits in fifth semester; Thesis Exhibition (Art 7999.02), two credits in sixth semester, and Thesis Writing (Art 7999.03), two credit hours in sixth semester.

C. University Studies (12 – 24 Credits, Maximum 6 Credits Per Semester):
1. A minimum of 3 credit hours in History of Art. Courses must be numbered 5000 level or above.
2. A minimum of 3 credit hours in elective courses within the Arts. This includes academic courses or specialized study numbered 5000 level and above within the Division of the Arts and Humanities excluding Art Department coursework.
3. A minimum of 3 credit hours in electives outside the Arts. This includes academic courses or specialized study numbered 5000 level and above in departments outside of the Division of the Arts and Humanities.
4. A minimum of 3 additional elective coursework credits numbered 5000 level or above outside the Department of Art, but, otherwise, within or outside the Division of the Arts and Humanities.

Art & Technology students pursuing an MFA produce an array of critically-engaged projects that take form as interactive installations, art robots, experimental videos, performances, animations and hybrids.

Graduate students have many opportunities to present artwork throughout the 3-year MFA. The culminating exhibition takes place at the Urban Arts Space in downtown Columbus, Ohio.