M.F.A. in Art

The School of Art, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, offers a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. The MFA degree requires 60 credits of coursework including a minimum of 15 credits of thesis. The Master of Fine Arts is a project based non-media specific curriculum that focuses on individual artist development and creative leadership.  The program brings together talented individuals from a  variety of different media, building a community that fosters exploration, professionalism and creative success.  Projects based in all traditional fine art media along with environmental art, new media and installation can be accommodated. 

The program is housed at the Melvin Graduate Studios.  The School of Art does not offer a MFA degree in either graphic design or photography. Students applying to the School of Art must submit a portfolio of 20 digital images, online application, official transcripts, artist statement, current resume and three letters of recommendation, along with an artist statement or statement of intent; the GRE is not required. To learn more about applying for the MFA program, funding opportunities and more, please review the department website: http://art.montana.edu/mfa-program.html

Program Requirements

Studio credits (ARTZ 505- ARTZ 530) courses can include 18
2 Art History courses (ARTH 4xx level or above) 6
ARTH 451Contemporary Art3
ARTZ 500MFA Caucus12
ARTZ 594Seminar6
ARTZ 590Master's Thesis15
Total Credits60