Feb 24, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

Fine Arts, M.F.A.

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Program Overview:

The Master of Fine Arts program in Fine Arts is designed to provide professional training leading to a terminal degree in studio arts.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for MFA Fine Arts

Students will develop and present a research exhibition. 

Students will explore both a major and a minor body of work. 

Students will implement successfully concepts in art production during candidacy review. 


Students will demonstrate the ability to synthesize research in written form. 


In addition to meeting the minimum standards for admission to the Graduate School, applicants must submit a portfolio of studio work. After a student has applied to the Graduate School, the application, images of work and letters of recommendation will be evaluated by the Committee on Graduate Studies of the Department of Fine Arts. Applicants who are admitted to the Fine Arts program will be assigned a sponsor by the Graduate Admissions Committee. The sponsor is a member of the Fine Arts Graduate Faculty who agrees to accept the responsibility of guiding the student through the program and who regularly teaches or exhibits professionally in the student’s major area.

Students who are deficient in certain areas may be admitted on a conditional basis. They must complete both the regular requirements and fulfill the conditions imposed by the Committee on Graduate Studies.

Degree Requirements

Primary Focus

Select one of the following as a primary focus area from the list below and then enroll in it four times for a total of 12 credits during your first four semesters.  Credits: 12

Secondary Focus

Select one of the following as a secondary focus area from the list below and enroll in it two times during your first four semester OR students may select six credits of 5000+ electives outside the department.  Credits: 6

Required Courses

During the students 4th semester in the program, the Master of Fine Arts student’s eligibility for graduate candidacy will be determined by the Committee on Graduate Studies, who will arrange for an oral examination and review of the student’s artwork. Once a student is approved for candidacy they may proceed to the preparation of the written thesis and exhibition. 

Financial Aid

Graduate assistantships are available to a limited number of qualified applicants each year.

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