Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Dr. Robert Bradley
Dr. Katherine McAllen
The twenty-first century economy demands a culturally-adaptable and technologically-innovative workforce. Despite the expansion of creative industry, at least half of academically-trained artists will work in fields unrelated to their studies. Statistics reflecting employment changes every three years parallel twenty-first century, pragmatic realities. Job seekers must consistently adapt and add to acquired skill sets to remain marketable.
Visual artists constantly engage in research and experimentation to move their practice beyond comfort zones. While many artistic processes can be learned through the internet, books, and observational study, the road to a career in academia must begin with a Master of Fine Art (MFA). To serve the needs of the twenty-first century academic artist, the MFA must be redefined by a pragmatic approach.
This thesis draws from the research and outcomes of Cristina Ann Correa’s MFA exhibition at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).
Correa, Cristina Ann, "Redefining the MFA: Artistic Pragmatism for the Twenty-First Century" (2018). Theses and Dissertations - UTRGV. 440.