Graduate Program

The aim of the graduate program is to educate and prepare qualified, promising students for future professional practice as artists, designers, and educators at the college and university level. Studio students may concentrate in ceramics, painting, photography, or sculpture, or in a combination of these disciplines. Design students may concentrate in visual communication design or industrial design.

Anna Thorne
Anna Thorne's lenticular prints made for her thesis show Luminous Visions were produced courtesy of Parallax Lenticular Printing

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.

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.


Please visit the application process page for specific information on how to apply. Also, visit the graduate school for general university admissions guidance. 

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.


Director of Graduate Studies
Jason Lahr
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
University of Notre Dame
322 Riley Hall of Art
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5673

ph: 574.631.5605

Areas of Study

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

Department Guide

Department Guide to Graduate Studies 2022–23