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Doctor of Fine Arts (DFA)

PURPOSE

The DFA program at Midwest University is designed to elevate artists, researchers, and leaders in the fine arts by achieving the following purposes:

  • Cultivate Advanced Artistic Skills: Enhancing high-level proficiency across art forms to push creative boundaries.
  • Foster Innovative Research in Fine Arts: Stimulating original research that blends traditional techniques with contemporary practices, expanding the arts.
  • Prepare Leaders in the Arts Community: Developing leadership and entrepreneurial skills for significant impact on the art world, locally and globally.

OBJECTIVES

Upon completing this degree, students will be able to:

  • Mastery of Artistic Mediums: Students will achieve advanced mastery in their chosen medium, producing impactful work.
  • Mastery of Artistic Mediums: Students will achieve advanced mastery in their chosen medium, producing impactful work.
  • Professional Development: Acquisition of skills for collegiate teaching, professional exhibiting, and artistic collaboration.
  • Global and Cultural Awareness: Understanding the global and cultural contexts of art, appreciating diversity in artistic expression.

PHILOSOPHY

The DFA program is built on four foundational pillars:

  • Interdisciplinary Approach: Valuing interdisciplinary collaboration to foster a comprehensive understanding of the arts.
  • Commitment to Innovation: Promoting a culture where experimentation and innovation in fine arts are encouraged.
  • Ethical Artistic Practice: Advocating for integrity, responsibility, and respect for diverse perspectives in artistic creation.
  • Community Engagement: Emphasizing art's role in communication, social change, and cultural enrichment within communities.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The DFA curriculum is meticulously designed to offer a blend of advanced artistic training, rigorous research, and leadership development tailored for the arts community. With an emphasis on both the mastery of specific artistic mediums and the exploration of new artistic horizons, the program prepares students for a range of roles, including university teaching positions, professional artists, and community arts leaders. Students will complete a mix of studio work, scholarly research, and practical applications of their studies, culminating in a significant final project or dissertation that demonstrates their contribution to the field of fine arts. Through this comprehensive approach, the DFA program aims to produce well-rounded professionals equipped to influence and innovate within the dynamic landscape of the arts.

COURSES

Core Courses

12 Credit Hours(Select 3 courses)

DF 800 Trends and Prospects of Modern Art 4
DF 801 Advanced Art Education 4
DF 802 Advanced Art World View 4
DF 803 Advanced Research Methodology 4
DF 804 Advanced Research Activities 4
DF 805 Advanced Critical Theory of Art 4
DF 806 Art and Society 4
DF 807 Advanced the Global Modern Landscape 4
DF 808 Advanced Art and Technology 4
DF 809 Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Arts 4

Emphases Courses

20 Credit Hours(Select 5 courses)

Art Education
DF 810 Pedagogical Strategies in Art Education 4
DF 811 Contemporary Art Education Leadership 4
DF 812 Curriculum Design and Implementation 4
DF 813 Advanced Theories in Art Education 4
DF 814 Research Methods in Art Education 4
DF 815 Global Perspectives in Art Education 4
DF 816 Technology Integration in Art Education 4
DF 817 Art Education Policy and Advocacy 4
DF 818 Cultural and Social Diversity 4
DF 819 Critical Analysis and Evaluation 4
Art Therapy
DF 820 Advanced Clinical Practices in Art Therapy 4
DF 821 Theoretical Foundations of Art Therapy 4
DF 822 Research Methods in Art Therapy 4
DF 823 Psychopathology and Art Therapy 4
DF 824 Cultural Competence in Art Therapy 4
DF 825 Ethics and Legal Issues in Art Therapy 4
DF 826 Art Therapy with Diverse Populations 4
DF 827 Supervision and Leadership in Art Therapy 4
DF 828 Art Therapy Assessment and Evaluation 4
DF 829 Art-Based Research in Therapy 4
Ceramic Art
DF 830 Advanced Ceramic Techniques 4
DF 831 Contemporary Ceramic Art 4
DF 832 Ceramic Art History 4
DF 833 Ceramic Sculpture 4
DF 834 Glaze Chemistry and Application 4
DF 835 Kiln Operation and Firing Techniques 4
DF 836 Ceramic Art in Cultural Contexts 4
DF 837 Sustainable Practices in Ceramic Art 4
DF 838 Ceramic Art and Community Engagement 4
DF 839 Biblical Themes in Ceramic Art 4
Dance Performance
DF 840 Advanced Dance Techniques 4
DF 841 Choreography and Composition 4
DF 842 Dance History and Cultural Contexts 4
DF 843 Dance and Theology 4
DF 844 Dance Pedagogy 4
DF 845 Dance and Technology 4
DF 846 Dance Therapy 4
DF 847 Dance and Community Engagement 4
DF 848 Liturgical Dance 4
DF 849 Biblical Themes in Dance 4
Design Art
DF 850 Advanced Design Techniques 4
DF 851 Human-Centered Design 4
DF 852 History of Design Art 4
DF 853 Digital Design Technologies 4
DF 854 Sustainable Design Practices 4
DF 855 Design and Community Engagement 4
DF 856 Sacred Spaces and Liturgical Design 4
DF 857 Ethics in Design 4
DF 858 Innovative Design Thinking 4
DF 859 Biblical Themes in Design Art 4
Lacquer Art
DF 860 Advanced Lacquer Techniques 4
DF 861 Contemporary Lacquer Art 4
DF 862 Lacquer Art History 4
DF 863 Techniques in Inlay and Maki-e 4
DF 864 Lacquer and Mixed Media 4
DF 865 Sustainable Practices in Lacquer Art 4
DF 866 Lacquer Art in Cultural Contexts 4
DF 867 Lacquer Art and Community Engagement 4
DF 868 Surface Design and Decoration 4
DF 869 Biblical Themes in Lacquer Art 4
Painting Art
DF 870 Advanced Painting Techniques 4
DF 871 Experimental Techniques in Painting 4
DF 872 Painting Art History 4
DF 873 Narrative Painting 4
DF 874 Studio Practice in Painting 4
DF 875 Contemporary Issues in Painting 4
DF 876 Painting and Community Engagement 4
DF 877 Sacred Art and Iconography 4
DF 878 Theological Aesthetics in Painting 4
DF 879 Biblical Themes in Painting 4
Photography
DF 880 Advanced Photography Techniques 4
DF 881 Fine Art Photography 4
DF 882 History of Photography 4
DF 883 Photography and Social Commentary 4
DF 884 Digital Photography and New Media 4
DF 885 Studio Practice in Photography 4
DF 886 Photography and Theology 4
DF 887 Environmental Photography 4
DF 888 Ethics in Photography 4
DF 889 Biblical Themes in Photography 4
Sculpture Art
DF 890 Advanced Sculpture Techniques 4
DF 891 Figurative Sculpture 4
DF 892 Sculpture Art History 4
DF 893 Installation Art and Public Sculpture 4
DF 894 Contemporary Issues in Sculpture 4
DF 895 Studio Practice in Sculpture 4
DF 896 Sustainable Practices in Sculpture 4
DF 897 Sculpture and Community Engagement 4
DF 898 Kinetic and Interactive Sculpture 4
DF 899 Biblical Themes in Sculpture 4

Applied Area or Internship

12 Credit Hours

DF 901 Applied Area or Internship 3
DF 902 Applied Area or Internship 3
DF 903 Applied Area or Internship 3
DF 904 Applied Area or Internship 3
* The Students of Ceramic, Dance, Design, Lacquer, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture majors must submit their projects and work in Practicum II and IV

DF 920 Projects 1

2 Credit Hours

DF 921 Projects 2

2 Credit Hours

DF 922 Graduation Project

4 Credit Hours

DF 923 Research Methods

4 Credit Hours

DF 924 Dissertation

4 Credit Hours

Total

60 Credit Hours

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(636)327-4645
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