Advising Information

The Graduate Program Coordinator, Megan Bartel (, 520-621-8518), is the liaison between the graduate students and the School of Art administration and University of Arizona Graduate College. The Program Coordinator is here to help all graduate students from first inquiry to graduation, and to help graduate students understand and navigate the requirements of the graduate programs.

Please click here to schedule an appointment with Megan.

All graduate students are advised by their faculty. Faculty advisors work with their graduate students to determine what courses each student should take and what courses can be used to fulfill the program requirements. All program requirements are listed in the handbook.

Art & Visual Culture Education

Each student will be initially assigned a temporary advisor, a professor from the Division of Art and Visual Culture Education, to help him/her with academic and other education matters. During the first year of study, the student will ask one of the AVCE professors to serve as her/his M.A. thesis or M.A. report advisor.

Art History

In the first semester, Masters students will be advised by the Art History Graduate Advisor. Students must select a major area of concentration by the end of the first year. Students should solicit the agreement of a faculty member to direct the thesis or orals examination, and henceforth should discuss all academic decisions with the major advisor. PhD students will enter the program only with the prior acceptance of a dissertation advisor.

Studio Art

In the first three semesters all students will be advised by their division chairs. After Candidacy Review, the student selects the thesis committee. The chair of the students’ thesis committee will be the students’ advisor.

Graduate Student Forms & Documents

Registration Forms

  • Graduate Independent Coursework forms (for independent studies, practicums, graduate studio, oral exam, Master’s report, thesis or dissertation) and Internship forms will be completed via Adobe Sign.  Please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Megan Bartel (, and tell her which faculty member you are working with. If you are completing an Internship form, please also tell her who your internship supervisor will be. She will initiate the form. You will receive the form via email from Adobe Sign. Once the form is complete and approved, the Graduate Program Coordinator will register you.

School of Art Forms

Studio Art

  • Candidacy Review Results (PDF)
  • Thesis Committee Agreement (PDF)
  • Thesis Exhibition Image Requirements + List (PDF or Word Doc)
  • Studio Art Coursework Checklist (PDF)
    • Painting & Drawing Sample Plan of Study (PDF)
    • Photography | Video | Imaging Sample Plan of Study (PDF)
    • Printmaking Sample Plan of Study (PDF)
    • Illustration + Design Sample Plan of Study (PDF)
    • 3D & Extended Media Sample Plan of Study (PDF)

Art & Visual Culture Education

  • MA AVCE Sample Plan of Study
    • Art and Visual Culture Studies Option (PDF)
    • Community and Museums Option (PDF)
    • Teaching Option (PDF)
  • AVCE PhD Preliminary Plan of Study (PDF)

Art History

  • MA Art History Plan of Study (PDF)
  • PhD Art History Plan of Study (PDF)
  • Art History MA Annual Report (PDF or Word Doc)
  • Art History PhD Annual Report (PDF or Word Doc)

TA & Adjunct Handbook

  • TA and Adjunct Handbook (PDF)

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Graduate Program Coordinator at or 520-621-8518.

Free Grad School

The School of Art has implemented a “Free Graduate School” program to help reduce financial stress as our incoming MFA and Ph.D. students pursue their passions. The program covers all base tuition costs, plus an annual stipend. Through Graduate Assistantships and other forms of aid, students will be guaranteed three years of full funding. Learn more

Marcia Grand Centennial Sculpture Prize Competition

Building on the excellence of its graduate programs, the Marcia Grand Centennial Sculpture Prize Competition is intended to provide MFA-seeking graduate students with up to $10,000 to support the completion of work in the sculptural/3D arts. The work supported by this award can be presented on or off campus; possible projects include:

  • Land-art
  • Site-specific sculpture/installation
  • “Traditional” sculptural work
  • Performance-based work incorporating 3 dimensional components.

Helen Gross Award

The Helen Gross Award is a generous gift from Joseph Gross to support talented young artists who have shown remarkable ability in their areas of study, along with a record of exhibitions of their own work as well as others. The scholarship is intended to provide MFA seeking graduates who have passed candidacy review with a $1,000 award to support the cost of their thesis exhibition. This award is presented at an annual luncheon hosted by Joseph Gross for the award recipient and the School of Art Director.

Graduate Advisor

Megan Bartel

Megan Bartel

Program Coordinator

Megan Bartel

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