Studio Art M.F.A. Graduate Programs

M.F.A. Programs in Studio Art

In the Department of Studio Art, we serve our M.F.A. students by focusing on their intellectual and creative growth, fostering their professional and studio-based practice, and preparing them for a lifetime of accomplishment and meaningful contributions as culture creators. The program frames the individual needs of each student through the development of conceptual, aesthetic, and technical skills. While in the program, students engage with theory 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 centers of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.

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 support a multiplicity of student investigations and welcome applicants into one or multiple areas of study, including ceramics, drawing and painting, metalsmithing and jewelry, new media art, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Once accepted to the program, students form an interdisciplinary cohort where they engage in a deep and sustained studio practice and expand their critical and historical knowledge of art. 

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 culminating in an exhibition.

Visiting Artists Program

Visiting artists, scholars, and critics are integral parts 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
Liz Wilson
Fred Wilson
Martha Wilson
Bhakti Ziek

Catalogues of M.F.A. Student Work

2021-2022  |  2020-2021  |  2019-2020   |  2018-2019   |  2017-2018  

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

The priority funding deadline for all application materials: Feb. 1 for Fall 2023 enrollment.

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

Advising, Art Building Tours: 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

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 Toulouse Graduate School will forward your packet 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 is not guaranteed because the Toulouse Graduate School accepts you. Admission to the graduate program in studio art is competitive and not determined by any single criterion but by the decision of 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 must 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 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 focuses 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, cvad.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.

 

 

Note: Should you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability to fully participate in a CVAD event, please contact the CVAD Dean's Office, cvad@unt.edu, 940-565-4001. For voice access, dial 1-800-RELAYTX (735-2989). Please make the request as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

UNT is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248, phone: (703) 437-0700; fax: (703) 437-6312; email: info@arts-accredit.org. In 2020, UNT achieved designation from the Department of Education as a Title III & Title V Minority-Serving Institution and as a Hispanic Serving Institution.