visual arts

Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts

Applications for Fall 2018 admission are being accepted now through January 12, 2018.

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, printmaking, and art theory. Students can also take courses across the University. Each MFA candidate receives private studio space to work in that is available year-round, 24/7 for the duration of their study. Graduate students have numerous opportunities to mount exhibitions in the school’s 4,200 sq. ft. gallery space that is dedicated to showcasing student work.


In line with the school’s belief that graduate study in art should be accessible to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, all incoming graduate students are awarded a fellowship the equivalent of full out-of-state tuition in the first year and full in-state tuition for the second year of the program (International students continue to receive out-of-state tuition in their second year).  Combined with large private studios and the resources of a major public research university, these scholarships give students the opportunity to fully focus on their work within a stimulating and supportive community of equals.


Additional financial support comes in the form of teaching assignments upon completion of a semester-long teaching mentorship under Faculty supervision. The department also offers a host of jobs supporting its operations. Both opportunities are contingent on experience, expertise and position availability.

In addition, The Mentorship Program in Visual Arts partners graduate students with undergraduate thesis students. The program fosters guidance and support for undergraduates during their senior year, deepening artistic dialogue and strengthening connections across the diverse student body.


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 Coordinator.