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 potential. We 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.
Drawing and Painting
Metalsmithing and Jewelry
New Media Art
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.
Be Another Lab
Chika / Mappathon
Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Ana Lisa Hedstrom
Lady Tech Guild
Mary Ellen Mark
Frances Adair McKenzie
Christine Sun Kim
Studio Art M.F.A. Catalogues
M.F.A. in Studio Art Graduate Application Process
The priority funding 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, 2020–2021. Fillable versions of all departmental forms included in this handbook are available to currently enrolled students through the CVAD Forms and Resources website's Studio Art Forms Library by using valid UNT credentials, your EUID and password: Studio Art Graduate Handbook—Fillable.
Follow the Application Steps
Complete both of the following steps in advance of the annual deadline.
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
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.
- 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.
- Artist Statement: A brief statement addressing the artwork submitted.
- Statement of Intent: A brief statement about why you are interested in attending graduate school and a declaration of your intended concentration in art.
- Resume: Your resume should include relevant professional experience and an exhibition record if you have one.
- 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.
- TA/TF Application: Apply for a fellowship or assistantship position. Read the details and instructions on the Fellowships and Assistantships page.
- 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.
Department of Studio Art: 940-369-7671, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.