Graduate Studies

Master of Fine Arts

The MFA in Studio Art is designed to allow students to develop superior studio art proficiency, knowledge of studio procedures, and a depth of understanding of art history and criticism so they are able to function independently as studio artists after graduation.

Graduates of the MFA in Studio Art program will demonstrate:

  • superior studio art proficiencies and knowledge of studio procedures
  • a depth of understanding  of art history and criticism necessary to afford them the ability to function as studio artists and /or educators
  • their full comprehension of advanced principles and processes in a solo MFA final thesis exhibition of their work

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting university criteria for admission to graduate studies, an applicant must meet the following requirements for admission to the MFA program:

  • Earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or an earned graduate degree in art from an institution accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations.
  • Earned at least 15 hours of upper-level Studio Art.
  • Provide a CD-R (no DVD or CD-RW discs) of .jpg image files (at least 150 dpi) of applicants art work.
  • Submit a typed essay (300-500 words) written by the applicant, explaining the applicant's interest and objectives in graduate studies.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation from faculty or other persons familiar with the applicant's interest and ability in art.

Application Deadlines

Applying for U.S. Applicants International Applicants
Fall Semester February 1 February 1

Degree Plan

Course Requirements

Students must complete 60 hours in art with a 3.0 average.  No more than 2 grades of "C" earned at this university will be accepted as credit for this degree. 

  • Ten courses in area of concentration (30 semester hours)
  • One course in Art Seminar (3 semester hours)
  • Four courses of designated electives in Art History and Criticism (12 semester hours)
  • Three courses of studio electives (9 semester hours) 
  • MFA Exhibit (6 semester hours)

For additional information, please visit the Graduate School website. 

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Ryan O'Malley, Graduate Coordinator

Associate Professor of Printmaking

ryan.omalley@tamucc.edu