Studio Art M.F.A. Graduate Programs

M.F.A. Programs in Studio Art

We serve our students by focusing on their intellectual and creative growth, fostering student’s practice, and preparing them for a lifetime of accomplishment and meaningful contribution as culture creators. The program frames the individual needs of each student through the development of conceptual, aesthetic, and technical skills. While in the College of Visual Arts and Design, students participate in ideas and practices across disciplines while engaging in the critical practice of the fine arts. Housed in a world-class Tier 1 research institute, CVAD is a short drive from the vibrant cultural and art capitals of Dallas and Fort Worth.

Our graduate programs are led by engaged artists and educators who are recognized nationally and internationally for their intellectual and creative research. The studio art faculty are passionate and work tirelessly to ensure that students realize their potentialWe are proud of the diverse means of research modes and art-making processes in our program and the many successes of our M.F.A. graduates who make their impact through creative inquiry, scholarship and innovation. Our M.F.A. students are passionate, skilled, dedicated and have a unique vision.

The M.F.A. degree in Studio Art is a 60-credit-hour program in the following seven areas of concentration.

Ceramics
Drawing and Painting

Metalsmithing and Jewelry
New Media Art
Photography

Printmaking
Sculpture

Visiting Artists Program

Visiting artists, scholars, and critics are an integral part of our program’s pedagogy. Students gain direct exposure to national and internationally known artists and scholars through lectures, private studio visits, critiques and seminars. Recent visiting artists include the following.

Magdalena Abakanowicz
Tsuyoshi Anzai
Be Another Lab
Marion Belanger
Katie Bell
Alexandre Birchler
Erika Blumenfeld
Clarissa Bonet
Louis Cameron
Annette Carlozzi
Valerie Cassel
Nick Cave
Bethany Collins
Chika / Mappathon
Lia Cook
Kyle deCamp
Dan Dicaprio
Mark Dion
Jill Downen
Natasha Egan
Jeff Elrod
Asya Geisberg
Dorothy Gill-Barnes

Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds
Susan Goethel-Campbell
Gary Griffin
Ann Hamilton
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Ana Lisa Hedstrom
Anna Hepler
Dave Hickey
Pat Hickman
Teresa Hubbard
Sophie Khan
Mark Klett
Andrew Kuebeck
Lady Tech Guild
Derek Larson
Tim Lazure
Beili Liu
Sharon Louden
Whitfield Lovell
Roberto Lugo
Mary Ellen Mark
David McGee
Frances Adair McKenzie

Robyn O’Neil
Richard Patterson
Sondra Perry
Chris Ramsay
Alan Reid
Minna Resnick
Lee Renninger
Matthew Ritchie
Dario Robleto
Alison Saar
Christine Sun Kim
H Schnenck
Jean Shin
Kiki Smith
Laura Splan
Sarah Sze
Demitra Thomloudis
Penelope Umbrico
Michael Velliquette
Fred Wilson
Martha Wilson
Bhakti Ziek

Studio Art M.F.A. Catalogues

2019-2020   |  2018-2019   |  2017-2018  

M.F.A. in Studio Art Graduate Application Process

The deadline for all application materials is Feb. 1 for fall enrollment.

Note: The GRE is not required for the M.F.A. in Studio Art.

For questions about specific concentrations or to arrange a tour, please contact the program advisor/coordinator for your area of interest. Please visit the web page for Graduate Program Advisors

Studio Art Graduate Handbook: Download the Studio Art Graduate Handbook as a PDF, portable document format: Studio Art Graduate Handbook, 2020–2021Fillable versions of all departmental forms included in this handbook are available to currently enrolled students on the CVAD Forms Library website, Studio Art Graduate Handbook—Fillable, by using valid UNT credentials, your EUID and password.  

Follow the Application Steps

Complete both of the following steps in advance of the annual deadline.

Step 1: Apply to the Toulouse Graduate School 

A. Apply through the UNT Toulouse Graduate School by using the Apply Texas website.
B. Submit the application fee and your official transcripts from all schools attended to the Toulouse Graduate School.

Note: If the minimum GPA requirements are met, the packet will be forwarded to our department for review. You must meet the admission requirements of the UNT Toulouse Graduate School, including a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a bachelor’s degree if applying without a master’s degree.

After being accepted by the UNT Toulouse Graduate School, your application packet will be sent to the Department of Studio Art for further review.  

Important Note: Admission to the M.F.A. Program in Studio Art — any concentration — is not guaranteed because you are accepted by the Toulouse Graduate School. Admission to the graduate program in studio art is competitive and not determined by any single criterion but on the decision by the faculty members in the department based on all the materials and information submitted.

Where to Send Transcripts

Send transcripts to the UNT Toulouse Graduate School.

Send your Transcripts

By U.S. Postal Service:
Toulouse Graduate School
1155 Union Circle #305459
Denton, TX 76203-5017

By UPS/FedEx:
Toulouse Graduate School
1147 Union Circle, ESSC 354
Denton, TX 76203-5459

 

Step 2: Application to the Department of Studio Art 

Address items 1-5 online via the department's SlideRoom portal.

  1. Portfolio of artwork: This should be 15-20 images of your recent work.  Label each image with your name, title, medium, size, and date; or include an image list with this information.
  2. Artist Statement: A brief statement addressing the artwork submitted.
  3. Statement of Intent: A brief statement about why you are interested in attending graduate school and a declaration of your intended concentration in art.
  4. Resume: Your resume should include relevant professional experience and an exhibition record if you have one.
  5. Two letters of recommendation: Applicants are required to provide contact information for a minimum of two recommenders with their application materials in Slideroom. Your recommenders will receive an email from Slideroom to enter their recommendation.
  6. TA/TF Application: Apply for a fellowship or assistantship position. Read the details and instructions on the Fellowships and Assistantships page.
  7. Scholarships: Apply online at the Toulouse Graduate School and read the CVAD's Paying for College web page for graduate scholarship opportunities.

Preparation of the portfolio for SlideRoom.com

The faculty members who will review your portfolio for admission are looking for a portfolio of work that demonstrates the skills and focus necessary to be successful at the highly-independent graduate level. Portfolio work should be clearly photographed images of your work of adequate resolution to be viewed via SlideRoom. They should show your most recent work and including close-ups is recommended but not required.

When submitting images, provide appropriate metadata/additional details about each work in the blanks provided on SlideRoom.com — .jpg, or .png files are preferred. Microsoft PowerPoint slideshows are acceptable, as are video files. All required documents — resume, artist statement, letter of intent — should be saved as portable document format files, .pdf, and included with your media upload.

Contact Information

Department of Studio Art: 940-369-7671, studio@unt.edu, Art Building, Room 230. Important: Be sure to set an appointment before dropping into the office.

Graduate Students: Please visit the web page for Graduate Program Advisors.