Graduate Programs

SA/VS is committed to training not only scholars and artists, but teachers. Through our assistantship program, graduate students have extensive opportunities to shadow faculty and to receive targeted mentoring before they themselves begin to teach. The School awards a number of graduate teaching assistantships and research fellowships to outstanding students with proven records of artistic and/or academic achievement.

Art Studio

The intimate size of the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Art Studio allows MFA candidates generous access to faculty and facilities in order to curate their graduate experience around the media and skills they need to be successful artists. In this 3-year program, MFA candidates receive individualized attention from faculty members on their thesis committee and in the classroom, creating a rigorous, yet nurturing environment focused on developing each individual as a professional artist. Learn More

Art Education

In conjunction with our MA in Art Education, the School of Art and Visual Studies provides in-service training, professional development, and consultation services to the schools of Fayette County and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Learn More

Art History & Visual Studies

The MA in Art History & Visual Studies prepares students with the course work, language skills, and research experience needed for further graduate study or work in a museum or educational setting. The curriculum is structured to provide both breadth and depth of inquiry through a variety of approaches to art history and, more broadly, visual studies. Learn More

Curatorial Studies

The MFA in Curatorial Studies prepares students for careers in the expanding field of curatorial practice. As the first three-year hybrid (online and residency) MFA in Curatorial Studies in the United States, this practice-based terminal degree uniquely equips graduates for positions in a wide variety of arts organizations, as well as teaching positions at the college level. Through internships, online courses, and residential seminars, students gain practical experience in exhibition development and design, art event planning, catalogue design and writing, fundraising, grant writing, conducting studio visits, promotion and marketing, community-based programming, and similar activities related to careers in visual arts organizations. The program offers a dynamic interdisciplinary degree that prepares graduates to be highly competitive in a diverse job market. Learn More


  1. To apply to for entry into an SA/VS graduate program you must apply to the UK Graduate School.
         A portfolio is required for application to the Art Education and Art Studio graduate programs.
  2. Apply for Assistantships

The Graduate Advisors for Art History, Art Studio, and Art Education are the point people for all information and advising for UKSA/VS Graduate Programs: