Art, MFA

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The MFA in art, offered by the School of Art, provides a stimulating and challenging program for artistic and intellectual growth. Faculty in the School of Art are distinguished artists and scholars who encourage innovation, critical practice and independence. This program provides students with unparalleled opportunities to develop conceptual approaches and technical expertise in a range of media including ceramics, drawing, fiber, intermedia, metals, painting, photography, printmaking and book arts, sculpture, and woods. Prospective students select an area of focus for their practice but may also develop interdisciplinary expertise in and beyond the School of Art.

Students make and exhibit work in the newly constructed Grant Street Studios (, which offers sixty individual studios, two galleries and enhanced facilities including a common wood shop, computer lab and 3D print lab. Located in downtown Phoenix, Grant Street Studios also provides access to the city's vibrant community of museums, galleries, businesses and cultural organizations. The Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series is another vital opportunity for students to learn from and connect with regional, national and international colleagues.

Program offered

Art, MFA

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts


Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Program requirements

The 60 hours of graduate credit are subject to committee approval and must include:

ART 680 Practicum, resulting in an MFA exhibition (10-15 credit hours)
graduate studio (18-27 credit hours)
graduate-level academic coursework (at least 6 credit hours)
graduate-level ART seminars (9-18 credit hours)
required courses in contemporary art theory (3) and cross-practice critique (3) (6 credit hours)

Information about this program

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