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.
Internationally Recognized Faculty
Work alongside our faculty across disciplines such as ceramics, drawing, painting, photography and printmaking.
Enjoy 24/7 access to our new studio building, which features private studios and wood and print shops.
Enroll in a three-year program that emphasizes material and conceptual exploration across multiple mediums.
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.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
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
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
Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
- Arts Administrator
- Art Consultant
- Creative Director
- Gallery Director
- Design Firms
- Art Studios