Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
MFA Third Year Students


MFA All Media Exhibition

All students begin their fall semester by exhibiting their work in the MFA All Media Exhibition, at the start of the fall semester in the Kresge Art Center Galleries 101 & 114. This annual exhibition serves as an introduction to all student enrolled in the program in their first thru third years.

Regular Critiques

Graduates are expected to communicate with faculty often and participate in individual and group critiques.  These critiques take many forms and vary depending on discipline.  Sometimes they are quite informal and may include graduates, visiting artists / critics, or faculty members. 

Most areas hold mid-semester and finals group critiques that include all graduate students and faculty in the discipline. There are one to two day marathon critiques.  Additional opportunity for feedback comes from the Visiting Art and Scholar Lecture Series which invited 15 - 20 artists, scholars, and critiques to campus each year.  As a graduate student, you are expect to join in studio visits with these visitors.

MFA Exhibition

Leading up to the MFA Exhibition during the spring of their final semester at MSU. Graduate students will be required to attend a series of exhibition meetings with the museum curatorial, preparators, facilities, and education staff members throughout their final year. In addition students will work with their guidance committee to develop required content for their group exhibition catalog and exhibition wall labels. 

Final Review 

The Final Review will be held during the student’s last semester of enrollment at least one week prior to the scheduled installation of the MFA Exhibition. The Final Review is conducted by the student’s Guidance Committee. The student should be prepared at the time of the review to articulate his/her basic assumptions as an artist; to discuss critically and defend the hypothesis and results of both the art work produced and the written statement; and to discuss his/her work in the context of the history and traditions of the chosen discipline.

Upon successful completion of the Final Review, the Guidance Committee will invite the student to participate in the MFA Exhibition.  Alongside the exhibition, students must submit a written thesis and participate in a public gallery talk at the Museum.

Written Thesis Statement

Specific required criteria varies by discipline, but it is a supporting document to accompany the work exhibited in the MFA Exhibition. Please see the MFA Handbook for additional information.