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Create. Explore. Emerge. Take your conceptual and technical artistic skills to the next level in the production of art and design work.
We offer an interdisciplinary, nurturing environment where you can focus and excel in your craft. Pursue an MFA in Studio Art as an artist, designer, curator, or critic, as a gallery or museum professional, or as a college-level instructor.
You can choose from the following areas of concentration: Painting, Photography, Interactive Media Design, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Illustration, Sculpture, Printmaking, Metalsmithing and Jewelry, and Interrelated Media.
Develop a knowledge of art history, art criticism, art theory, aesthetics, and contemporary practice through creative research and writing that explores our current cultural environment and expands your vision for creative problem solving and the production of individual original artwork. Through your experience, you will further develop your research and writing skills.
View admission requirements and deadlines to apply to the program. View degree requirements and course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog.
Generally, the MFA Graduate Program can be completed in 2 ½ to 3 years with a full-time course load. 60 credits are required to graduate. If you want to complete the program in 2 ½ years, it is essential that you take 12 credits per semester or take classes during minimester or summer session. It is not advisable to take 12 credits in your last semester, as this is your thesis semester - all efforts should be directed toward your thesis. If you choose to follow a 3-year plan, you may take 12 credits for 2 semesters and 9 for the remaining semesters.
Each full-time MFA Studio Art student is assigned a studio appropriate to their media.
You will be granted 24/7 access to the Center for the Arts building.
Yes, full-time students are eligible to receive a graduate assistantship. All assistantships are awarded by the graduate program director. Visit the Graduate Assistantship Office to learn more.