Graduate Programs

The aim of the graduate program is to educate and prepare qualified, promising students for future professional practice as artists, designers, art history scholars, and educators at the college and university level. Studio students may concentrate in ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture, or in a combination of these disciplines. Design students may concentrate in visual communication design or industrial design. Art history students select from a range of course offerings to fulfill their professional interests.

First year New Faces critique with all faculty and research associates

In addition to the required courses, graduate students pursue an area of interest through a system of independent study courses with the faculty. A thesis adviser and a graduate committee selected by the student guide the student’s progress toward a thesis project in the final year. Students are expected to develop an individual direction in their work that culminates in a professional exhibition of visual work in studio or design or in a scholarly research project in art history.

The Department’s scholarship program is excellent. We offer full-tuition waivers to all students admitted to the program. These are renewable each year to students in good standing. In addition, generous stipends are available and are awarded to students of exceptional talent. The MFA program also allows qualified graduate students to gain college-level teaching experience during their second and third years of study.

Should you be interested in further information or want to make an appointment for a campus visit, do not hesitate to contact our department. Please be aware that our deadline for receiving applications is February 1.


Please visit one of the three program areas, studio art, art history or design, for specific information on the application process. Also visit the graduate school for general university admissions guidance.

Areas of Study

The Department of Art, Art History, and Design offers the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in studio art or design, and the Master of Arts (MA) degree in art history.


Questions about the graduate program? You may contact graduate studies director, Robin Rhodes.