Graduate Studies

Master of Fine Arts

The MFA in Studio Art is a comprehensive 3-year program designed to guide students toward expertise in studio art practices, aesthetics and scholarly inquiry while expanding proficiency in art history, criticism and theory. In addition, students have the opportunity to acquire experience in classroom instruction and pedagogy and gallery practices.

This 60 credit-hour program culminates with the successful production of a graduating thesis project including a solo exhibition, accompanying written thesis and oral defense.

The MFA is a distinguished terminal degree that prepares students to excel as professional practicing artists in a global context and careers in higher education. 


Manami Ishimura, MFA Thesis Show 2018
Manami Ishimura, MFA Thesis Show 2018

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Admission Requirements

Full admissions requirements are found at the College of Graduate Studies webpage:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • An earned Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or graduate degree in art from an institution accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations.
  • Portfolio of Works: Provide up to (20) .jpg image files (at least 150 dpi) of applicants works on a flash drive, uploaded and shared via Dropbox, personal website, or shared via any other suitable online platform. Label each image: title_medium_size_date
  • Statement of Intent: (300-500 words) written by the applicant, explaining specific interest and objectives for graduate studies at TAMU-CC.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Provide (3) letters from faculty or persons familiar with the applicant's interest and ability in fine art.

Application Deadlines:

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


Degree Plan

MFA Students Will:

  • Demonstrate depth and breadth of knowledge of the key critical and theoretical frameworks that pertain to their discipline(s) and area(s) of concentration and research;
  • Engage with and analyze their own work within these frameworks;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of theory, methodologies, and discursive vocabularies in a disciplinary or interdisciplinary context relative to their proposed thesis exhibition or project;
  • Apply their knowledge in the discipline and concentration(s) of choice, media, and techniques to create a thesis project or exhibition that explores the contextual framework as related to their research and creative scholarship;
  • Articulate ways in which the combination of their scholarly inquiry, practice, and thesis project or exhibition and written thesis are a part of and contribute to the fields of contemporary Studio Art and Design during applicable critiques, public presentation, and oral defense.

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)

Downloadable Documents:

Graduate Admission Guidelines
Graduate Student Handbook
MFA Exhibition Proposal
Graduate Studio Contract 


Already a student in the program and can’t find what you need? You can call us at 361-825-2317.

For More Information:

Ryan O'Malley • Graduate Coordinator  

Dr. Alexandra Shaw • College of Liberal Arts Graduate Advisor