Information about the graduate policies and procedures of the Division of Studio Art of the School of Art & Art History should be read in conjunction with the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College and the Thesis Manual, as well as the University of Iowa General Catalog.

This Graduate Bulletin takes precedence over all other documents, including the General Catalog. Graduate students are obliged to follow the rules stated in the Graduate Bulletin that is in effect when they enter the program. The Bulletin is, however, revised annually, and students have the option of following the guidelines set forth in later revisions.

The School of Art & Art History has two divisions; the Art History Division and the Studio Division. Within the Studio Division there are eight studio disciplines – each with an Area Head – 3D Design, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Jewelry & Metal Arts, Painting & Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture & Intermedia.

The School of Art & Art History is housed within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Graduate programs in the School are also overseen by the Graduate College.

Prospective graduate students must meet the School of Art & Art History's admission requirements for the specific degree programs they plan to enter. Prospective students must submit application materials to the University's Office of Graduate Admissions and to the School.

All applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College or the Graduate College section of the General Catalog.

Applicants to all art graduate programs must submit the following to the University's Office of Graduate Admissions: a completed graduate application form (one area of interest must be specified on the form); an official copy of all transcripts of undergraduate and/or graduate work completed by the application date; TOEFL scores (if applicable); and the required application fee.

Applicants whose first or official language is not English, and whose previous academic degrees were not earned at an English-language institution, must score at least 81 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Materials must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions by Feburary 1 for fall admission to the studio art program.

The Office of Graduate Admissions notifies all applicants by mail of admission decisions. Acceptance notification cannot be given over the phone by either the Admissions Office or the School of Art & Art History.

In addition to materials submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions, applicants must submit the following materials to their Admissions Profile:

  • a one-page statement of purpose
  • official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work completed by the application date
  • three letters of recommendation assessing potential as a graduate student

They also must submit one of the following portfolios (uploaded to their Admissions Profile):

Portfolio requirements for image files: Images in the portfolios should be PDF files. Image size should be a maximum of 72 DPI and 1240 x 1240 pixels. File size must not exceed 18 MB. Image files must be numbered according to the order in which they are to be presented to the Admissions Committee, beginning with 01. Each portfolio must be accompanied by a list that includes each image's name, title, medium, size, approximate date of work, and the student's name and discipline. The applicant may also include a link to a personal website.

All submissions must conform to these requirements.

Portfolio contents and submission requirements are as follows:

  • Ceramics, 3D Design, and Jewelry & Metal Arts: Eight images in the primary studio art discipline and two in a second discipline.
  • Graphic Design: Documentation of 15 to 20 projects. Applicants should include a brief description of each work, illustrated with embedded still images and supplemented by links to online media. The precise number of images varies according to the nature of the work; contact the School of Art & Art History with questions.
  • Intermedia: Documentation of 5 to 10 projects. Applicants should include a brief description of each work, illustrated with embedded still images and supplemented by links to online media. The precise number of images varies according to the nature of the work; contact the School of Art & Art History with questions.
  • Painting and Drawing: Eight images in the primary studio art discipline and two in a second discipline.
  • Photography: Fifteen to Twenty images.
  • Printmaking: Ten to twenty images. 
  • Sculpture: Twenty images in sculpture, including details, and two or three images in a second discipline.

Extreme care is taken in handling all portfolios, but the School cannot be responsible for reimbursement in the event of loss or damage.

Applications and all supporting materials are reviewed by a committee of art and art history faculty members from the appropriate area.

Required undergraduate preparation

A student admitted into the studio art program with regular status whose under-graduate major was not studio art or who did not attend a liberal arts institution will be required to have, in addition to the graduate studio and art history course distribution requirements, combined undergraduate and/or graduate courses which include a studio major (12 semester hours), a first studio minor (6 semester hours), one course in a second studio minor area, and twelve semester hours of undergraduate art history. If these requirements have not been fulfilled they are deemed "undergraduate deficiencies" and must be fulfilled before completion of the MA degree

A student admitted into the studio art program with regular status who has received either the BA or the BFA degree with a major in studio art from an accredited liberal arts university should have no undergraduate deficiencies. See the Graduate Program Administrative Services Coordinator in Room E302 Visual Arts Building (VAB) to verify any deficiencies.

Admission status

See Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College Part 1, Section I-G for details.

Graduate students entering the MA program with regular admission status are only provisional candidates for an advanced degree and must be reviewed for candidacy by the Division Wide Review process (for more information see section titled “Degree Requirements: MA). MA students may choose the degree either with or without a written thesis. 

Note: the MFA program is by invitation only.

Graduate students invited to the MFA program with regular admission status are only provisional candidates for an advanced degree and must be reviewed for candidacy by the Degree Committee Review process (for more information see section titled “Degree Requirements: MFA). MFA students are required to have a written thesis.

Professional/Personal Improvement Status is limited in the SAAH to students who have received the terminal degree (MFA for studio majors, PhD for art history majors) and who have received permission from the faculty to return for specific coursework.  Approval to register as a Professional/Personal Improvement student will be limited to a maximum of two semesters and no studio space will be provided.


See Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College: Part1, Section I-I for details.

A student on regular status shall be placed on academic probation if, after completing 8 semester hours of graduate work, the cumulative g.p.a. on graduate work done at the University of Iowa falls below an established base (3.00 for MA and MFA students).  If, after completing 8 more semester hours of graduate work at this University, the g.p.a. remains below 3.00, the student shall be denied permission to re-register; otherwise the student shall be restored to good standing.

All studio graduate students should meet with the Graduate Program Coordinator for procedures, distribution requirements, and registration information. Entering students’ first-semester program is planned in consultation with a faculty representative from the admitted studio major.

Students are expected to meet the published prerequisites before enrolling in a course.

Course fees

Students are assessed course fees for most studio courses. The amount varies with the course and instructor.  Money received from course fees is primarily used for the purchase of supplies.

Courses on the S/U basis

Graduate students majoring in studio may elect to register for art history or non-studio courses on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis.  (“Non-studio” courses are courses that are not art or cross-listed with art.)  A grade of "S" permits the course to apply toward the graduate degree but does not affect the grade-point average; a grade of "U" does affect the grade-point average, and the course will not be accepted toward the requirements for a graduate degree. Studio courses are not to be taken on an S/U basis unless offered on that basis.

Individual instruction

Individual Instruction is available for one or two semester hours with the determination of hours subject to approval by the Curriculum Committee. A completed Request for Individual Instruction Form (obtained from the Graduate Program Coordinator) must be received in the Director of Graduate Study’s office no later than December 1st for Spring or May 1st for Fall.  NOTE: Approval for individual instruction is to be requested and approved the semester BEFORE the individual instruction can be taken.

NOTE: This applies to the M.A. with or without thesis. See section titled “Studio Art Graduate Program Forms for a printable version.

Course Requirements

Studio course credits
including at least:
16 s.h. in the studio major
8 s.h. in the studio minor (from an approved area)
minimum 24 s.h.
Art history and theory of art course   
(May be taken on an S/U basis)
minimum 6 s.h.
*Electives, or courses as advised0 - 8 s.h.
Committee review of studio work in major area               
Studio Division Wide Review 
Participation in M.A. Group Exhibit 

*The total graduate credits must be brought to a minimum of 38 semester hours. 


Students planning to transfer credits from another institution please note that the minimum academic residence requirement for all non-doctoral graduate degrees is 24 s.h. and that course work completed at The University of Iowa must include courses taught by faculty of the SAAH.

Students leave five images of M.A. work for the Graduate Archive.

An MA exhibition is highly recommended as this gives the MA student experience in setting up exhibitions.  However, it is not required and is based on exhibition space available after the MFA/BFA lotteries.

NOTE: Undergraduate deficiencies, if any, must be made up prior to receipt of the M.A. degree.  See section titled “Admissions” for more information.

M.A. Non-thesis Option

A given Studio Area may encourage a written MA thesis.  Individual students, in consultation with their major adviser, may choose the MA Non-thesis option.

M.A. non-thesis students will provide a preliminary Artist’s Statement followed by an Artist’s Statement the semester they graduate.  The difference between the written thesis (required for the M.F.A.) and statement is that the student will not deposit a statement with the Grad College.

Reviews for M.A. Degree Candidacy

The review process for Studio Division graduate students consists of both a Graduate Degree Committee Review and a Studio Division Wide Review.  The Committee Reviews take place during the student’s third semester, within the major Area, include degree committee members, and are designed to prepare students before the Studio Division Wide Review.

Degree Committee Review

During their third semester of the M.A program, a student requests a faculty member serve as their Degree Committee Chair. Upon the consent of the faculty to serve, the student in consultation with the Chair then selects the rest of the Degree Committee. The M.A. degree committee includes three members of the graduate faculty (assistant professor or above): The Degree Committee Chair and two other faculty members selected by the student in consultation with the thesis adviser. The makeup of the committee must be finalized by the eighth week of the third semester. (See Graduate College rules governing the degree [examining] committee). 

Scheduling the Graduate Degree Committee Reviews for the M.A. degree will be the responsibility of the Chair of each Committee. Committee reviews will consist of a discussion of the student’s work, the presentation of their thesis abstract (a formal, written 1-2 page document given to all your committee members by the eighth week), and the signing of the student’s committee review forms. These forms must be signed by each committee member. Forms from both the First and Second discipline must be returned to the Graduate Program Coordinator by the eighth week of the semester.

Graduate Degree Committee Reviews take place before the Division Wide Review and are the time at which you and your degree committee determine through a review of your work that you may complete the MA degree.  This review is not conferment of the degree nor does it guarantee graduation.

Following the Graduate Degree Committee Review, the Degree Committee recommends that the student proceed for the MA (or that the MA be postponed). Following the Degree Committee’s review, Area faculty make a recommendation to the Director of the School of the School of Art & Art History to admit or not admit the student to the M.F.A. program. The Director of the SAAH makes a final decision regarding admittance and then notifies the student by letter. For the M.A. degree, the decision of the committee is final. For M.F.A. admissions, the decision by the Director is final.

For Graduate Degree Committee Meetings occurring in the summer session the guidelines for the Spring semester are followed.

Division Wide Review

Division Wide Reviews for M.A. candidacy take place at the end of the third semester.   Students must sign up for the Division Review with the Graduate Program Coordinator at the beginning of their third semester. 

On the scheduled day of the Studio Division Review - usually the Saturday immediately following the close of classes - all students proposed for Review will have current examples of work in their First discipline and in the approved Second discipline at the designated exhibition area where all the faculty will have the opportunity to view the works (generally their studio space).

Combined Program in Studio with an Art History minor

A studio art student who wishes to prepare for undergraduate teaching by combining the art history and studio areas may do so at the Master of Arts level. 

Studio art students preparing for both the studio and art history areas may complete an art history minor of 15 semester hours, including the proseminar ARTH:6000 History and Methods and one art history seminar.  These hours are in addition to the University's undergraduate requirement for an art history major and, in combination with the undergraduate hours, must satisfy the distribution requirement for art history.

This distribution is: semester-long courses with a grade of "A" or "B" at the equivalent of our 3000 level or higher, as undergraduate or graduate in each of five of the following fields: African (including Oceanic), Asian, ancient, medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, 18th- and 19th-century European, American (including Pre-Columbian, Native American, and African American), modern/contemporary, and architecture.  See the Art History Graduate Adviser for details.

There should be an art history faculty member on the Degree Committee if the student is using AH as a minor.

See section titled “Studio Art Graduate Program Forms" for a printable version.

For SAAH M.A. students, advancement to M.F.A. candidacy is contingent upon successful completion of the M.A., positive recommendation of the M.A. Degree Committee and concurrence of the major area faculty.  These recommendations occur immediately following the Division Wide Review.  Faculty in the student’s area will forward their recommendation to the Director that the student will either be invited or not invited to the M.F.A. program.  Students who are not invited may continue towards completion of the M.A. program.  Successful completion of this process will be signified by the endorsed “Change of Status” form changing the degree objective from M.A. to M.F.A. candidacy.  This will be processed by the Graduate Program Coordinator and sent to the Graduate College upon the successful completion of the M.A. degree.


An M.A. degree in studio art equivalent to that offered at the University of Iowa.  Hours accumulated toward the M.A. degree earned at the University of Iowa are applicable to the M.F.A. degree with the exception of thesis hours and credit hours earned more than ten years ago. 

Students planning to transfer credits from another institution please note that the minimum academic residence requirement for all non-doctoral graduate degrees is 24 s.h. and that course work completed at the University of Iowa must include courses taught by faculty of the School of Art & Art History.  These transfer credits may not include thesis credits.

For UI students who desire an M.F.A. in a different studio area than the M.A. an application must be submitted before graduation at the M.A. level.  (See Graduate Program Coordinator for procedures and deadlines.)

Course Requirements

First studio discipline (8 s.h. beyond the M.A.)total of 24 s.h.
Second studio discipline (4 s.h. beyond the M.A., from an approved area)     total of 12 s.h.
Art history and theory of art course
(May be taken on the S/U basis)
total of 6 s.h.
*Electives, or courses as advised0 -18 s.h.
Committee review of studio work in major area
Degree Committee Review (Ideally this takes place at the M.F.A. exhibit)
Participation in M.F.A. Group Exhibit

*The total graduate credits must be brought to a minimum of 60 semester hours.  The minimum 38 s.h. earned for the M.A. degree are included in the 60 s.h. total except for any thesis hours taken or courses over ten years old. 

Students leave five images of M.F.A. work for the Graduate Archive.

NOTE:  The M.A. and the M.F.A. degrees in studio are chronological degrees.  U.I.  M.F.A. candidates who have earned more than the minimum 38 s.h. for the M.A. degree are expected to complete, as a minimum, registration that is the equivalent of a semester's full course load after completion of the M.A. and committee review and prior to receipt of the M.F.A. degree.   For this, 12 s.h. is acceptable, keeping in mind that the M.F.A. degree requires completion of at least 60 s.h.  Transfer students must complete a minimum of 24 s.h. at U.I.

All M.F.A. students are required to exhibit their art work as part of their degree completion.

The M.F.A. requires a written thesis. 

NOTE: The MFA photography student presents an approximately 30-minute public presentation on their thesis no later than the final semester of their MFA year.  The candidate schedules this presentation in consultation with his or her Committee Chair.

Degree Committee Review for the M.F.A. Degree

For the M.F.A. degree, four members from the graduate faculty are required (assistant professor or above, and tenure-track): the Degree Committee Chair, two Graduate Faculty from the major Area, one Graduate Faculty member from the minor discipline, and an additional member. Adjunct Faculty, Lecturers and Visiting Professors may serve on degree committees per discussion between the students and the Degree Committee Chair and a Graduate College petition request (which must be renewed every three years). The Degree Committee is selected by the student in consultation with the Degree Committee Chair. Students are responsible for identifying a Degree Chair by the eighth week of the fifth semester.

M.F.A. Degree Committee members are selected in consultation with the degree Chair by October 1st for spring or summer graduation and March 1st for fall graduation. MFA students are typically reviewed by their committees at the end of the semester prior to the semester of graduation.  For M.F.A. candidates, a thesis defense of their work at their M.F.A. exhibition will be scheduled with their Committee during their final semester in residence. 

For Graduate Degree Committee Meetings occurring in the summer session the guidelines for the Spring semester must be followed.

With the approval of the degree committee chair, a studio major writing a historical or technical thesis, may take 1A:302, MA Written Thesis or 1A:304, MFA Written Thesis in the amount of 1 s.h. for writing the thesis.  Such credit is not required but is applicable to the total number of semester hours required for graduation but is in addition to other course requirements for the MA or MFA degrees.

Graduate College regulations covering the formatting of the written thesis are found on the Graduate College's website including templates.

NOTE: Studio Division requires an Acknowledgement page for the MFA thesis.

Thesis Abstract

A one paragraph to one page summary on the thesis subject is required to be given to all degree committee members (three for MA and five for MFA).

Defense Draft of Thesis

A copy of the thesis is due to all committee members about four weeks before the MFA exhibit. Thesis must be as complete as possible including photocopies (may be black and white) of approved figures that will be included in the final thesis.  See Graduate Program Coordinator for a list of deadlines.

Degree Committee Meetings

The Degree Committee Meeting is the final examination for all degrees and where the degree committee signs the Final Examination Report and Report of Thesis  Approval (see Graduate College website for template).

Graduate College Deposit of Thesis

After the degree committee has accepted the thesis the student will make a deposit of the thesis with the Graduate College on or before their posted deadline.  Committee Members then will be notified by email of how to approve (or not) the thesis.

All graduate degree candidates must file an Application for Graduate College Degree with the Registrar's Office and complete a Plan of Study with the SAAH's Graduate Program Coordinator by the designated deadlines, issued by the Graduate College each semester (a copy is given to each degree candidate by the Graduate Program Coordinator and posted throughout the SAAH).  A Request for Final Examination is submitted with the Plan of Study.  MA and MFA candidates must see the Graduate Program Coordinator at the beginning of the semester of graduation.

Application to graduate

An Application for Graduate College Degree, found in MyUI under “Student Records” on the MyUI Quick Menu, and is submitted electronically to Graduation Analysis at or near the beginning of the session in which the degree is to be granted.

The final examination

A final examination (Degree Committee Meeting) is required for all graduate degrees. The final examination may be repeated only once. Studio majors cover the combined studio and written thesis (if applicable). The final exam will be evaluated by the Degree Committee as satisfactory or unsatisfactory, with two unsatisfactory votes making the committee report unsatisfactory.

If the Degree Committee so recommends, a candidate whose creative or written thesis is not acceptable may present a new or revised thesis for re-examination, but no sooner than the next regularly scheduled examination period in the following semester.

Plan of study

Applicants for the MA and MFA degree must file a Plan of Study approved by the Degree Committee Chair and Director of the SAAH with the Graduate College within the session in which the degree is to be granted and by the date established by the Graduate Dean.  (A list of deadlines is given to each degree candidate and is posted each semester throughout the SAAH.)

The Plan of Study summarizes course and semester hour requirements for the degree, and is accompanied by a transcript of courses completed and a list of courses currently being taken. Students may not change the current registration after filing the Plan of Study unless the change is approved by the Graduate Dean.

The Graduate Program Coordinator in consultation with the student completes the Plan of Study Form in the SAAH's office. It is then taken to the Degree Committee Chair for approval and signature and returned to the Graduate Program Coordinator for transmittal to the Graduate College.

Request for final examination

This form is completed in the SAAH's office by the Graduate Program Coordinator about the same time that the Plan of Study is completed.  It lists the names of the faculty comprising the degree examination committee. The Graduate Dean must approve each degree committee.

There are multiple sources of scholarship information, including the Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid. The School of Art & Art History scholarship coordinator is Holly Johnson.

No application is required. Any student in a studio art graduate program who meets the specific criteria will be considered for awards. Please visit the SAAH Graduate Funding page for more detailed information.

Appointments of graduate assistants will be announced by April 15th.  It is understood that some appointments, dependent upon budgetary changes and faculty on leave, may not be announced until financially guaranteed.  As soon as decisions have been made all definite positions will be notified by e-mail or letter.

Graduate Assistantships are awarded to graduate students on a competitive basis. Quarter-time assistantship appointments require effort that averages 10 hours of work per week over the course of each semester. Half-time assistantships require effort that average 20 hours of work per week.

Quarter-time assistantships or greater are awarded a full tuition scholarship, which will be applied as a credit toward your tuition bill.  (NOTE: this is for tuition only and not fees associated with being a registered student.)  For enrollments of fewer than 9 semester hours, the tuition scholarship will be prorated accordingly.  If you hold graduate assistant appointments in more than one department, your tuition bill will be credited only once.

Graduate Assistants are covered by UE Local 896 - COGS: The Graduate Employee Union at the University of Iowa.  Information on COGS and a copy of the current Agreement can be found on the COGS web site at

Graduate assistant appointment for one term is no guarantee of re-appointment for a subsequent term.  A student holding an assistantship must be available to start the appointment three working days before the start of each semester, attend the Graduate Assistant Orientation, take the Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (SHPT), take The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) training, be a candidate for an advanced degree, be making acceptable progress toward that degree and registered full time while holding the assistantship.  During the final semester of the MFA may be only registered for:

1/4 time6 s.h.15 s.h.  
1/2 time4 s.h.12 s.h.  

Qualification Guidelines for Appointment of Graduate Assistants:
Studio art graduate students enrolled in a degree program who have maintained at least a 3.00 g.p.a. and have demonstrated excellence in their course of study.

For non-native English speakers:
All students for whom English is not a first language and who have first-time appointments as graduate teaching assistants (TAs) are required to take a test to assess their effectiveness in speaking English before they are assigned assistantship responsibilities.

The English Speaking Proficiency Assessment (ESPA) is a test that assesses students' oral language and listening skills. To take the test, students must be enrolled in a graduate program at The University of Iowa, and an academic department must be considering hiring them as teaching assistants.

Tests are administered through the English as a Second Language Department (ESL).  Specific information on the tests can be found here

All students to be tested must first register for the ESPA test by seeing the Administrative/Academic Coordinator or the Graduate Program Coordinator.

T.A.’s are required to pass these tests with an “A” Level Certification or will not be allowed to teach and thus forfeit their TA appointment.

All graduate assistantship appointments must be posted in public places within the SAAH.  All appointments are normally for the academic year which begins three days before the semester begins and terminates on the last day of final exam week.

Fall and Spring Semester Graduate Assistantships:
The assignment of graduate teaching or research assistants to any area is reviewed each spring before appointments are recommended by the Director and the Area Heads.

It is the responsibility of the Director, with the advice of the Area Heads, to ensure that assistantships are awarded to students who demonstrate excellent qualifications and that the appointments are made according to procedures which would guarantee equal opportunities to all those qualified.

To ensure the general satisfaction of faculty and students in the appointment of qualified graduate students as teaching or research assistants the following procedures are to be followed:

A faculty member who is primarily responsible for the teaching assistant may be required to write a letter of recommendation for the student who is preferred, enumerating the reason for the selection.  This letter should be presented to the Director of the SAAH no later than February 1st.

Summer Assistantships:
Procedures of selection and appointment follow the same guidelines established for academic year appointments, with the exception of the following calendar deadline, and first consideration being given to those already holding assistantships in the appropriate area.

Letters of recommendation from Area Heads should be in the Director's office by May 1.

Retention, Review, and Dismissal Procedures for Graduate Assistants:
TAs and RAs are evaluated each semester based upon criteria related to their job performance, skills, and professional development. The evaluation form completed by the supervisor includes an overall assessment of performance.  The evaluation is reviewed by the supervisor with the TA/RA upon its completion. The TA/RA must sign the evaluation form to indicate that the evaluation has been discussed and that they have received a copy of the evaluation. Signature of the TA/RA does not necessarily mean that they agree with the evaluation. TA/RAs have five (5) working days to provide a written response to their evaluations. Such responses and/or comments are attached to the evaluation.

The TA/RA has the right to grieve an evaluation only if the overall assessment is less than satisfactory and such evaluation results in an adverse action by the Employer.

Documentation of satisfactory performance is necessary for the re-appointment of a graduate student as a teaching assistant/research assistant.

Student Evaluation of Instructors:
The evaluation questionnaire “Assessing the Classroom Environment” (A.C.E.) will be that created by and/or accepted by the faculty of the School of Art and Art History.  Each faculty member/T.A. is evaluated for every class each academic year.  The evaluation is to be done during the last half of each semester at a time considered appropriate by the individual faculty member/T.A but before the final examination/critique.  Returned reports from Exam Services should be kept by the faculty/T.A. of the course.  The SAAH does not keep copies of reports.

IMPORTANT: SPECIAL SCREWS MUST BE OBTAINED FOR HANGING ALL ARTWORK IN THE VISUAL ARTS BUILDING. Students must get approval from the Faculty Studio Coordinator prior to hanging anything in the building to avoid damage to the unique heating and cooling system within the walls. 

Classroom spaces

Students who are enrolled in a given class may use that classroom/studio for class-related studio work during hours the room is open.  It is the policy of the SAAH to maintain the studios open as much as possible.  Studios containing specialized or power equipment are open when supervised by a monitor or graduate assistant. Orientation for use of the Woodshop, Metals Lab, Foundry and Clay Studio is required.  For safety information see "SAAH Safety Manual."

Graduate student studios

Only currently registered students in the School of Art and Art History (SAAH) are eligible to occupy a graduate studio space. The space will be available to you the first week of classes.  You are responsible for providing all labor and supplies required to supply your studio.  Any special needs must be approved in advance by the Faculty Area Head.  You must complete all required safety training, available on ICON.

Use of equipment with sound should be kept at low and reasonable levels due to the proximity of offices, classrooms, and studios. Artwork, as well as props, wires and cords, should not interfere with the normal flow of traffic.

No physical changes to the structure (walls, lighting track, flooring, ceiling, etc) of the studio without special permission of the Faculty Studio Coordinator. Artwork may hang from the walls of the studio only. No artwork may hang from the lighting tracks or the trusses. Exceptionally heavy objects requiring more than two persons to lift must have prior approval.

Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the University campus. Blood, body fluids, or any other types of pathogens are prohibited. State Fire Safety laws prohibit the use of open flames of any kind. Firearms (i.e.: any usable weapon or usable weapon parts) and explosives are prohibited. Live animals or live insects are not permitted in University buildings.

Upon graduation, you must vacate the studio space by June 30th.  Please leave the space in the same good condition in which you found it. Spackle the walls, clean the floor, remove trash and repaint the walls if necessary. You will be held responsible for any additional cleaning, damaged walls, hauling or repair that the School of Art and Art History incurs.

The Levitt Gallery (in ABW) and the Drewelowe Gallery (in VAB) are available one week at a time for exhibition of work by graduate art majors and is open during posted hours while the University is in session.  Application forms are available from the Administrative/Academic Coordinator (150 ABW).

CLAS teaching policies

Building access policies

Access to School of Art & Art History buildings after-hours (between 10:00pm and 7:00am) requires prox access to be added to the University ID card (Iowa One Card). This access is for individual use only by the student to whom it is assigned. It may not be shared, borrowed, or given to others.

The cardholder may not grant entry to others into School of Art & Art History buildings, including other individuals with assigned access. Cardholders may let only themselves into the building.

Use and distribution of prox access is under the sole discretion of the Director.

To obtain prox access see the the Administrative/Academic Coordinator (150 ABW) or call 319-335-2709.

Grievance procedure

If there is a perceived grievance in SAAH these steps are to be taken in the following order:

  1. a preliminary discussion with the course supervisor,
  2. a discussion with the area head and,
  3. a meeting with the Director.

After steps 1-3 have been taken the decision of the Director may then be appealed by invoking the grievance procedures of the Graduate College.

In addition to the SAAH's procedures there are other avenues through which students may proceed.  These are covered in the “Policies and Regulations Affecting Students” by the Dean of Students (room 135 IMU) and available on-line at Code of Student Life - Dean of Students or on-line through the Graduate College’s Academic Grievance Procedure or in the Division of Student Services Office, 249 IMU.

Students also are free to consult with the Academic Associate Dean of the Graduate College (205 Gilmore Hall), Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (202 Jessup Hall), Office of the Ombudsperson (C108 Seashore Hall), University Counseling Service (3223 Westlawn) or COGS.

The SAAH helps its students in every possible way to find teaching and/or professional positions upon completion of the degree programs. Each qualified student will be encouraged to maintain a file in the Educational Placement Office of the University (N140 Lindquist Center, When requested by students faculty will write letters of recommendation. Incoming letters and other notices announcing job openings are made available to all students through postings the SAAH Opportunities page, meetings and individual counseling by faculty members.

As far as possible, the SAAH will circulate the names of qualified students, particularly M.F.A. candidates, to inquiring and appropriate art departments throughout the country. The Director and the faculty will also assist students in finding employment through personal letters to executives or faculty of other departments and conversations with departmental representatives at professional meetings.

There are offices on campus available to students for Graduate Awards/Grants and job information. These are located in the Division of Sponsored Programs ( or 2 Gilmore Hall) and the Pomerantz Career Center (100 Pomerantz Center, Suite C310 or