NASAD Policy Analysis Papers

The following papers were produced by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design on issues relevant to graduate study in art and design.

Studio Art and Design and Research: Multiple Relationships and Possibilities

This policy analysis paper explores research and its relationships to studio work. Its purpose is to provide an analytical policy review of a number of issues associated with studio art and design and research.

Thinking About Terminal Professional Degrees in Art and Design

This policy analysis paper focuses on the question about whether nationally the professional terminal degree in art and design should be a doctorate rather than a Master of Fine Arts. This analysis reflects the fact that the MFA and the Ph.D. serve different basic purposes that remain constant as practice and designations evolve.