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MFA Studio Art at a Glance

  • Students choose 2- or 3-year tracks for the 36-credit curriculum.
  • Students can take graduate courses throughout AU and use photography, engineering, and other facilities to support their practice.
  • All students have 24/7 access to their own studio space in the Katzen Arts Center and exhibit annually in the AU Museum.
  • All accepted students are considered for financial awards.

See Admissions & Application details.

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Our Community

The Studio Art MFA program is home to a robust community of practicing artists. Meet the faculty, our alumni, and your peers:

MFA student studio during open house night.

Mission & Values

In the MFA Studio Art program, we are dedicated to advancing the creative scholarship and research of artists studying in a liberal arts environment. We prepare artists-scholars to participate in the arts ecosystem, not only as practicing artists, but as educators, collaborators, and thought-leaders.

Mission & Values

Katzen Arts Center at nighttime

Facilities & Resources

Each candidate is provided with 24-hour access to a private studio in the Katzen Arts Center, plus printmaking, sculpture, and new media workshops in the Katzen and photography, 3D-printing, and more facilities across campus.
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Studio class on the Katzen Plaza.


Our flexible cohort-based program can be completed in two years or three based on your personal preference and goals. In addition to a core curriculum of thesis, research practicum, and theory, candidates select graduate-level courses within the Studio Art program and university to support their practice.
Studio Art Courses

MFA candidate sewing in student studio space

Funding & Admissions

All accepted students are considered for scholarships available within the Studio Art program and the university at large.

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