M.F.A. Art Studio

Application deadline for 2016-2017 is January 4, 2016.

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.

The M.F.A. degree will be awarded on the completion of 60 hours of graduate course work. Of these, 30 hours must be at or above the 600 level and 40 hours must be in regular graduate level courses (not independent study). In addition, the 60 credit hours will include 30 to 36 credit hours in Art Studio courses (including Graduate Studio Seminar and Studio Thesis Project), 6 to 12 credit hours in Art History and/or Art Education(a total of 24 credit hours of undergraduate and graduate Art History study is required), and up to 18 credit hours in related graduate courses which may be taken outside the School of Art and Visual Studies or elsewhere in the University.

Areas of concentration: painting, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, lens arts, traditional photo, video, fiber, printmaking, 3D fabrication and digital art

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.  Graduate students shadow experienced faculty 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.