Graduate Program Coordinator: Becky Winstead
Specializations: Ceramics, Drawing & Painting, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
Degree offered: Master of Fine Art (MFA)
The Master of Fine Art degree is the terminal degree in the visual arts field. The MFA program is designed to allow students to mature to a level of professional competence in the making of art. Related studies augment a rigorous studio program. The prospective student must exhibit both academic excellence and a well-developed personal artistic vision. The MFA is a three year degree.
All applicants are required to have earned a BFA degree in the Visual Arts, or its equivalent, including a minimum of 12 credits of Art History. GPA in art courses during the last two years of undergraduate work must be at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale. A digital portfolio of recent work must be included in the application for MFA consideration.
Students may submit either MAT or GRE scores. MAT scores should be at or above the 40th percentile; applicants taking the GRE should have verbal and quantitative scores at or above the 40th percentile. These are not required for admission*, however, they are required for consideration for an “Excellence Tuition Waiver” offered at Utah State University.
- Completed applications must include:
- Completed application form (http://www.usu.edu/graduateschool/apply/)
- Letter of intent
- Official transcripts of all previous graduate and undergraduate work
- Three letters of recommendation from qualified professionals
- A portfolio of recent work (20 digital images combined into a single PDF) submitted electronically*
- One-time $55.00 application fee, paid at time of application
*Work depicted must be recent, i.e., no more than two years old.
These materials must be sent directly to The School of Graduate Studies. When complete, applications will be forwarded by The School of Graduate Studies to the Department of Art & Design for review.
Completed applications and portfolios must be received by February 1.
Please note that:
- Applications will be considered only at this time
- Only completed applications will be reviewed
- Admission will be considered for Fall semester only
- Deadlines for Financial Aid may be earlier
Applications are reviewed by the Department of Art & Design faculty. Candidates are selected primarily on the basis of their portfolio, which should demonstrate a level of development beyond the need of classroom instruction and encouragement. The faculty will also look for evidence of significant personal exploration in the portfolio.
Secondary to the portfolio, but important nonetheless, the applicant's letter of intent and letters of recommendation will also be given careful consideration. In reviewing these letters, the faculty will look for, among other things, indications that the applicant will be capable of prolonged and concentrated effort, guided by realistic personal goals. Letters should address both academic and artistic accomplishments as well as potential for further growth in both of these areas.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the USU campus and meet with the faculty in their proposed field of study well in advance of the February 1 application deadline.
Please note that the graduate program has limited enrollment; admission is very competitive. Because only a small fraction of applicants can be accommodated, there can be no guarantee that applicants who meet admission requirements will be accepted into the program.
Departmental support is available to graduate students on a competitive basis. Students requesting financial support should apply to the department by February 1. Other assistance is available through the University Financial Aid Office. Students should note that applications for Federal Work Study should also be mailed during the first week of February.
Contact the Financial Aid Office:
Tel. (435) 797-1102
*please disregard any emails stating that your application won't move forward with out these tests. It is an automated email that the department cannot change.
The following classes are required:
42 credits of graduate level studio art, determined by the student in consultation with the Thesis Supervisory Committee Chair, including a minimum of:
6 credits studio art outside of the declared emphasis area;
3 Credits of ART 6900: Graduate Seminar: Professional Practices;
3 credits of ARTH 6900: Graduate Seminar: Issues in Contemporary Art;
3 credits of ART 6910: Graduate Interdisciplinary Critique;
6 credits outside the art department as specified by the supervisory committee;
3 credits of ART 6970: Research and Thesis.
Students must earn 60 credits total
Students must complete a minimum of four semesters in residence as full- time students. For students not serving as graduate assistants otherwise employed on campus, nine credits per semester is the minimum for full-time status. (12 credits is considered a maximum.) For students employed on campus, full-time status is dependent upon the number of hours per week that the student works. For instance, for a graduate student who is employed on campus for 20 hours per week (.50 FTE), 6 credits is considered full-time. Students in their last semester, who require fewer credits to complete their Program of Study may also be considered full-time.
MFA Candidacy Review FormGraduate School Forms