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Department of Art

Master of Fine Arts in Art

Master of Fine Arts in Art

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.

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Admissions Criteria

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree (BFA, BA) from an accredited college or university with a concentration in visual arts. Especially well-qualified candidates from other disciplines or degree programs who have exceptionally strong portfolios may be considered.
  • Applicants must submit a portfolio documenting their creative work. The portfolio should represent 15 to 20 works; the majority should represent the chosen field of study. The portfolio should consist of 20 images and an accompanying list that identifies the image, the size of the work and media used.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPR of 3.0 in the last 60 major credit hours of undergraduate work.
  • Applicants will provide an unofficial transcript to the Graduate School.
  • Applicants must provide three letters of recommendation from professors, practicing artists or professional acquaintances that are familiar with the applicant's work and development in the visual arts.
  • Applicants should submit a 1-2 page artist statement that provides insight into the development of the work completed to date. The statement should address ideas and concepts relative to form and content.
  • Applicants must also submit a Personal statement of intent regarding their interest in pursuing the MFA degree.
  • Applicants should additionally provide a current resume/CV in the application materials.

All materials may be uploaded electronically here.

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Kathleen Thum

Graduate Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Art, Drawing

Office: G-28 Lee Hall, Email:

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