M.F.A. Art Studio

The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Art Studio at UK SA/VS is a three-year terminal degree program for studio artists. Our graduate program is small so that we are able to support most MFA candidates financially throughout their graduate careers.  Our students are presented with a robust curriculum based on a combination of individual studio-based research coupled with theory seminars and graduate critique-based workshops. Our endowed visiting artist program presents our students with opportunities to meet internationally recognized artists, curators and scholars.  Students enrolled in the M.F.A. program are encouraged to explore inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary research goals or concentrate upon a single medium exploration that fits best with their overall artistic practice. In order to succeed in our program, MFA candidates are encouraged to both critique and contribute to the local and national conversations regarding contemporary art, theory and practice, as well as participate in art events in the growing Lexington/Louisville arts scene.  View examples of M.F.A. students' work here.

Our course listing is here.  Our graduate courses are numbered 500 and above.

Unique to the UK SA/VS M.F.A. is our Teaching Assistant Program in Art Studio

This is a scholarship-based program for MFA students.

Mentorship and coordination are the keys to the success of our TA program at the University of Kentucky.  Once in the TA program, graduate students shadow experienced Professors for one or two semesters before teaching as the instructor of record.  TA meetings are held regularly to discuss the everyday scenarios of teaching in a college studio classroom and the development of a personal pedagogical approach.

Many TAs work in the Foundations Program, a first year, undergraduate experience at UK.  Foundations has a coordinated curriculum with projects written to allow a diverse approach to teaching in art studio.  The Director of Foundations observes each TA on a regular basis and provides individualized feedback to improve their instruction.  As a TA progresses in the program they may be given more latitude to develop their own projects within the curriculum guidelines.  We are committed to helping our TAs succeed as college instructors.

For information about Admissions, Fellowships, and Course Bulletin, please visit the University of Kentucky Graduate School page.  Everything you need to know about the degree is on this page, from degree requirements, course loads, and forms for current graduate students.

Here is our current Graduate Handbook.


School of Art & Visual Studies

Room 207, Fine Arts Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0022
Phone: 859-257-8151
Fax: 859-257-3042

Art Events

Dec. 05, 2014 Open Studio