TAMARIND'S MFA PROGRAM

MFA TO FOCUS ON LITHOGRAPHY: TAMARIND INSTITUTE AND DEPARTMENT OF ART, UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

In addition to the Tamarind Printer Training, Tamarind Institute offers, in cooperation with The University of New Mexico's Department of Art, the option of pursuing an M.F.A. upon completion of the Tamarind training program. Degree requirements can normally be completed in three years. Credit hours taken at Tamarind can be applied to the M.F.A. program. Students must demonstrate a strong interest in collaborative printmaking, as Tamarind's programs focus on the acquisition of the technical and interpersonal skills for collaborative lithography. Students apply simultaneously for the Tamarind Printer Training Program and the MFA program. All students must complete the first year of the Tamarind Printer Training Program before beginning coursework for the MFA. This intensive program requires a time commitment of a minimum of 50-60 hours a week.

The MFA is the terminal degree in studio art and emphasizes the creative aspects of an individual's work. Students wishing to pursue an MFA will apply separately to the College of Fine Arts, and acceptance will be determined independently of the Tamarind application. Students must meet all the criteria and be accepted by the Department of Art in order to pursue the MFA track after completing the Printer Training program at Tamarind. Acceptance into the MFA program is not guaranteed. Those who wish to be assured of having a place in the MFA program for the second year must be accepted simultaneously to Tamarind and the Department of Art (note that application deadline for both programs is January 15). 

Accepted candidates who do not participate in the second year Master Printer Apprentice Program at Tamarind (only 1–2 candidates are accepted into this program each year) will complete years 2 and 3 in the Department of Art. Please see below for MFA degree requirements.

If accepted to the Master Printer Apprentice Program, the MFA track students stay at Tamarind for year two, then complete Department of Art requirements during year three. MFA/Master Printer Apprentice Program students receive a stipend from Tamarind, and must register for 12 credit hours each semester while in the Master Printer Program. All MFA track students must take the Methods course in the Fall semester of the second year and the Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Fall semester of the third year.

Students who have completed the Tamarind Printer Training Program but do not wish to follow the MFA track will also have the opportunity to apply for the Master Printer Apprentice program. If accepted, they will receive a stipend, but they will not be required to register for credit.

OPTION ONE: Tamarind 1 year + 2 years MFA

Students spend one year participating in Tamarind's Printer Training Program, and two years at UNMs CFA. 

Year 1: Tamarind Printer Training Program (students enroll as a non-degree status for a total of 12 hours)

  • Professional Printer I (3—AS)
  • Business Planning for the Arts (3—AS)
  • Professional Printer II (3—AS)
  • History of Graphic Arts II (3—AH)


Year 2 & 3: UNM College of Fine Arts, Department of Art 
(Students must be accepted into the MFA program, and register as degreed status)

  • 3 Art Studio 502 Interdisciplinary Seminar
  • 12 Art Studio courses           
  • 3 Art History courses         
  • 6 Electives outside of studio     
  • 6 Electives outside of department     
  • 6 Free electives        
  • 12 Dissertation hours


OPTION TWO: Tamarind 2 years + 1 year MFA

Year 1: Tamarind Printer Training Program (students enroll as a non-degree status for a total of 12 hours)

  • Professional Lithography I (3—AS)
  • Business Planning for the Arts (3—AS)
  • Professional Lithography II (3—AS)
  • History of Graphic Arts II (3—AH)

Year 2: Tamarind Apprentice Printer Program (Though receiving a stipend, students must pay tuition for 21 credit hours)

  • 9 Art Studio 595 Graduate tutorials with Tamarind instructors (Master Printer Program) 
  • 12 Art Studio 595 Graduate tutorials with Tamarind instructors (Master Printer Program) 

Year 3: UNM College of Fine Arts, Department of Art (Students must be accepted into the MFA program, and register as degreed status)  

  • 3 Art History 500 Philosophy and Methods
  • 3 Art Studio 502 Interdisciplinary Seminar 
  • 9 Any 500-level graduate art studio or art history courses
  • 6-15 Art History (3 from non-degree)
  • 12 Dissertation hours

HOW TO APPLY FOR AN MFA

DOWNLOAD TAMARIND'S PRINTER TRAINING PROGRAM APPLICATION and send application and related materials to Tamarind Institute, 2500 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque NM 87106. Or, applicants may e-mail materials to tamarind@unm.edu. 

Along with the completed application, applicants must submit the following:

  1. A letter in which you describe your professional goals/objectives and your reasons for wanting to participate in the Tamarind Professional Training Program

  2. A complete personal résumé (can include an artist resume)

  3. Transcripts from up to three art schools, colleges, and/or universities you have attended most recently (these may be sent directly to Tamarind from the institution)

  4. Three letters of reference from professionals who are familiar with your work (these may be emailed directly from your references to tamarind@unm.edu)

  5. A digital portfolio of 10 – 20 images of either your own art, or lithographs you have printed for another artist, that demonstrate the range of your experience in lithography (mail a thumb-drive, or inlclude a link to your images online, ex: Cloud, Dropbox, etc.). Images should be in a Power Point presentation, with caption information on each slide, including the following details: Artist, Title, Year, Paper/Image size, Edition size, Notation of plate(s) or stone(s), and Press type (offset or direct).

Note: Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please contact Tamarind if you have not received an email confirmation, stating that your application is complete. 

In addition to the Tamarind application, you must APPLY DIRECTLY TO UNM'S COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS. Your application to the College of Fine Arts will be reviewed independently of the Tamarind application. Students must apply for both the Tamarind Printer Training Program and the UNM MFA program. January 15 is the deadline for both programs.

Applications must be RECEIVED by January 12. 

More information on Department of Art graduate program, as well as links to the University's Office of Graduate Studies can be found at finearts.unm.edu/art.htm