Art Studio MFA

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A studio art degree prepares you for the creative life you plan to live and opens the door to an inventive career full of exploration, critical thinking, and a practice based in hands-on making.

Application Deadline: January 6

Where will creativity take you? 

Whether working as a studio artist or a creative in the commercial world, your visual and cultural literacy, and skills as a versatile maker and problem solver, make you an ideal talent in a culture driven by art, design, and continuously evolving media platforms.

Areas of specialization include:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Performance
  • Photography
  • Sculpture / Metal Arts
  • Digital Media / New Media / Intermedia
  • Fiber
  • Installation
  • Painting
  • Printmaking / Printmedia

Students enrolled in the M.F.A. program are encouraged either to explore interdisciplinary practices or to concentrate on a single medium as appropriate to their research goals.

The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Art Studio is a three-year terminal degree. An M.F.A. degree enables you to teach at the college level, pursue a commercial career, or work as a practicing artist. 


Applications to the graduate programs in Art Education, Art History & Visual Studies, Curatorial Studies, and Studio Art are made through the University of Kentucky Graduate School.

The School of Art and Visual Studies normally provides a full tuition waiver and a $12,000 stipend for all full-time graduate students. To apply for funding please submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Research paper or Portfolio
  • Two letters of support from one of your undergraduate faculty (these can be the same as the letters submitted to the Graduate School)
Created 06/28/2021
Last Updated 03/21/2022