visual arts

Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts

Applications for Fall 2017 admission are being accepted now through January 13, 2017. 

The MFA program was established in 1960 as the first non-disciplinary specific fine art graduate program in the USA. This fulltime 60-credit degree program offers seminars in painting, sculpture, photography, media, and printmaking. Each MFA candidate receives private studio space to work in that is available year-round, 24/7 for the duration of their study.

At Mason Gross, graduate students have the opportunity to focus fully on their work within a stimulating and supportive community. They engage within a creative cohort that is part of a major research university. As of Fall 2016, all incoming graduate students will receive scholarships the equivalent of full out-of-state tuition in the first year and full in-state tuition for the second year of the MFA program.

Teaching and mentorship opportunities allow artists to broaden their experience in the field. Graduate students mount exhibitions in the school’s 4,000 sq. ft. gallery space that is dedicated to showcasing student work.

Faculty reviews of student work occur throughout the program. An initial critique takes place during the MFA First year Review Exhibition in the Mason Gross Galleries at Civic Square, followed by an individual studio review at the end of the first year. A written thesis statement and participation in the MFA Thesis Exhibition are requirements for graduation. Students follow up their final Thesis with an exhibition in New York City.

Notable MFA alumni include Alice Aycock, Matthew Day Jackson, Amy Feldman, Raque Ford, Paddy Johnson, Jennie C. Jones, William Pope L., Charles Ray, Lucas Samaras, Juan Sanchez, Joan Snyder, and Wendy White.

For more information on the MFA program, contact the Graduate Program Assistant.