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Master of Fine Arts


The Master of Fine Arts in visual arts is the terminal degree within the studio art discipline. Our program offers concentrations in the studio areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography and sculpture.

Students are provided with opportunities to develop a high degree of professional competence in their chosen area of concentration. However, the relatively small size of the program (12 to 20 students) encourages students to explore other studio areas as well. Interdisciplinary and collaborative projects are encouraged within the department resulting in a highly individualized method of instruction.

The department is housed within the College of Art, Architecture and Humanities and presents opportunities to interact with various other college disciplines as well. For example, our students may also take advantage of the opportunity to spend a semester of study abroad in Genoa, Italy, at the University's Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies.

The department also contributes to an MFA in Digital Production Arts, which is collaboratively offered with the department of Computer Science as well as the Ph.D in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design, which is an interdisciplinary doctoral degree offered in conjunction with the department of English and Communication.

Associated Programs

Digital Production Arts (DPA)

The Master of Fine Arts in Digital Production Arts (DPA) at Clemson University is a professional degree program aimed at producing technically savvy, artistically talented graduates who are sought after by the growing electronic arts industry, particularly by those companies engaged in visual effects within the entertainment and commercial video, film, and gaming industries.

Rhetorics, Communication and Information Design (PhD)

RCID is an academic-professional degree, preparing students to conduct research and to disseminate their findings through teaching in the university and through publishing in professional and popular journals. RCID prepares students, through research, to be consultants for and to work within industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. RCID prepares students to be professionals in traditional and emerging economies. At present, virtually all of the students wish to work primarily in academia. We expect that they will be of value to the growing demand for innovative faculty in colleges of liberal arts and humanities, specifically in Departments of Art, Communication, English, Rhetorics, Writing, New Media, as well as Departments and Centers whose names have yet been determined in an ever-emerging economy for undergraduate and graduate education.

Student Handbook

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