MFA in Studio Art


  • MFA in Studio Art Class of 2013 - 90% are employed with 8 of 10 graduates, or 80% holding positions in their field of study. Importantly, one year after graduation, the majority of MFA alumni appear to be maintaining active private studio practices as well
  • Learn more about Daniel Tucker, graduate program manager in Social and Studio Practices
  • See what our alumni have been up to at Alumni Accomplishments
  • Recent guest critics for our end of term critiques have included Anthony Romero, Mark Boswell, John Muse, Zoe Cohen, Eileen Neff and Kate Stewart.
  • Moore’s Studio Conversations series has recently hosted visitors such as Janet Echelman, Nato Thompson, Zoe Strauss, Liam Gillick, and Tom Marioni to name only a few. The ongoing series features leading artists, curators and critics discussing artistic issues and practice across media and international boundaries. The conversations are intended to address the emerging globalization and internationalization of the fine arts and what this means in the 21st century. For more information on this series visit our Studio Conversations archive. 
  • As part of the MFA in Studio Arts program, the second fall term requires work with an external mentor who meets with the student on at least three occasions for regular discussion, studio visits and feedback. Past artists serving as external mentors have included: (2010) Janice Smith, Gillian Jagger, Mathew Clay Robinson, Virginia Maksymowicz; (2011) Frederick Herr, Amy Walsh, Sharon Louden; (2012) Janet Echelman, Stacy Levy, Meggan Bridge, Robert Mars, Sharon Louden, Lisa Sylvester, Kate Stewart, Amy Walsh, Lisa Sylvester, Scot White; (2013) Judith Schaecter, Margery Amdur, Chris Klapper; (2014) Jeanne Jaffe, Meridith Grimsley, Margery Amdur, Kate Stewart.


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.