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Graduate Program

Now accepting graduate program applications for Fall 2021.

Priority Deadline: February 1, 2021.

Applications will be accepted after this date, but priority for Graduate Assistantship positions will be given to applicants who meet the deadline.

About the Program

The Department of Art + Design offers a Master of Fine Arts degree for students interested in studying visual art beyond the baccalaureate level. The degree requires that candidates complete three years of coursework in art concepts and criticism, art history, a studio area of concentration, electives, and a creative thesis project. The 90-credit Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is a terminal degree program providing students with professional levels of competency and experience in studio art. The MFA program qualifies students for careers as teachers in higher education, as professional studio artists, and for other studio-arts-related vocations.

Areas of concentration include:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Jewelry and Metalsmithing
  • Sculpture

To be eligible for Regular Admission you must meet the minimum Graduate School requirements. If you do not meet the minimum grade-point requirement or have limited major-related experience, you may be admitted as Probationary or Conditional provided you show evidence of the ability to do satisfactory graduate work.

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Acceptance is primarily based on the student’s potential as evidenced by a portfolio, previous coursework in art, goals consistent with departmental resources, and other experiences relevant to art making. Applicants may be asked to have a telephone interview with a faculty member in their area of studio concentration before being admitted to a program.

Competitive Graduate Assistantships are awarded in the Department of Art + Design each year; for full consideration, deadline for assistantship applications is February 1. Applications will be accepted after this date but priority for GA positions will be given to applicants who meet the deadline. When possible, students are strongly urged to visit the campus and arrange a personal interview with faculty members in their major area of concentration and with the Department of Art + Design Graduate coordinator or department Chair prior to submitting an application. Arrangements can be made by e-mail at

Visiting artist and speaker series
The Department offers a robust visiting artist and speaker series each year. Recent and current visiting artists/scholars include: Rick Poynor, Noelle Mason, Sonny Assu, Natalie Krick, Amy Babinec, Humaira Abid, Elizabeth Crisman, Alison Bremner, Dr. Adair Rounthwaite, Rex Peteet, Joan Linder, Horatio Law, Nicole Pietrantoni, Jono Vaughan, Bahareh Khoshooee and Michelle Dunn Marsh.


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