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Studio Art, M.F.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Refine your technical skills, experiment with different mediums and develop your artistic voice through the advanced education options in our studio art program.

An M.F.A. degree enhances professional credibility and access to professional opportunities, particularly in higher education. We offer a three-year program that can lead to residencies, grants, fellowships and other funding opportunities as you join a growing arts community.

Program Highlights

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    Internationally Recognized Faculty

    Work alongside our faculty across disciplines such as ceramics, drawing, painting, photography and printmaking.

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    New Studio

    Enjoy 24/7 access to our new studio building, which features private studios and wood and print shops.

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    Program Structure

    Enroll in a three-year program that emphasizes material and conceptual exploration across multiple mediums.

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    Small Program Size

    Receive the personal attention you desire, including critiques and conversations with faculty members and colleagues.

What You’ll Study

The MFA degree track features an exhibition experience that gives students the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting, whether in the McMaster Gallery on campus or another gallery in Columbia. As a master's student, you'll also have the chance to teach your major subject area as a graduate assistant.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Artistic Skill

    Demonstrating proficiency and talent in creating, expressing and interpreting visual or performing arts

    Aesthetic and Conceptual Awareness

    Cultivating an understanding of artistic and abstract concepts, enhancing appreciation for beauty and creative expression


    Thinking imaginatively, generating original ideas and expressing unique perspectives through art and innovation

  • Innovation

    Introducing new ideas, methods or products to improve performance or achieve a specific goal

    Attention to Detail

    Being meticulous and thorough in all aspects of a task or project

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Educator
  • Curator
  • Arts Administrator
  • Art Consultant
  • Creative Director
  • Gallery Director

Workplace Settings

  • Academia
  • Museums
  • Design Firms
  • Art Studios
  • Galleries