MFA in Studio Art


  • 100% of Studio Art graduates are employed; 80% in their field of study
  • Recent guest critics for our end of term critiques have included Anthony Romero, Mark Boswell, John Muse, Zoe Cohen, Eileen Neff.
  • See what our alumni have been up to at Alumni Accomplishments


Studio Art emphasizes international perspectives, rigorous, immersed study in fine art studio practice and challenges the artist to confront established practical and philosophical methods of working. A required four-week international graduate residency in Burren, Ireland during the second summer term, in addition to concept-based seminars and frequent interaction with nationally and internationally recognized visiting artists throughout the program, deepen the artist’s studio practice, strengthen and re-define work in new and innovative ways and positions the artist and their work within a global arts environment.

This seven-semester program is designed to support individuals who are available for intensive full-time study for six-weeks during three concentrated summer terms. Evening seminars and advisor-guided independent studio tutorials maintain the program’s emphasis on studio work and continuity with peers and faculty during the fall and spring terms. It is essential for students to have ample work space outside of the six-week summer intensive.


The program utilizes a variety of media as a means to explore and execute work based on content and intent. A required professional practices seminar instills essential business skills and, for those interested in teaching, an elective graduate teaching assistantship and teaching seminar prepare artists for work in postsecondary education.


Critical dialogue with faculty, visiting artists/critics and other graduate candidates are key components within group and individual critiques, seminars, lecture courses and in independent graduate tutorials.


The program culminates in the completion of a mature body of work accompanied by a written thesis, which is presented at the end of the final summer term to the faculty during the thesis exhibition in The Galleries at Moore.