M.F.A. in Sculpture

Michael Davis
Michael Davis, MFA Reviews, 2019


M.F.A. candidates in sculpture continue to develop and expand their knowledge and use of materials and technical skills in support of their personal aesthetic and formal goals. These goals are focused and pursued through individual contact with an advisor of the student’s choice and the advice of any of the studio faculty as well as non-art faculty of the university. In addition, all graduate sculpture students, faculty, and technicians meet weekly for group critiques which challenge and encourage the individual to pursue a studied, personal expression of their ideas. This pursuit is further enhanced through frequent lectures and critiques by visiting artists, historians, and critics.


Austin Collins, C.S.C.

Teaching Scholar

Tom Cornell

In addition, several other faculty teach related courses including industrial design, art theory and criticism.


The facilities include large general studios, studios for all graduate students and well-equipped studios for metal casting and wood sculpture. The tools in the metal shop include a mig, a tig, a forge, acetylene welders, a plasma cutter, band saws, a sand blaster, a gantry, and a fork lift. The wood shop contains table saws, a panel saw, a band saw, a miter saw, a joiner/planer, a drill press, sanders, and a lathe.

Graduate Scholarships

  • Full tuition waivers for up to three years
  • Generous stipends
  • Teaching experience


  • Active visiting artist and scholars program
  • The Snite Museum of Art located on campus
  • 90 minutes east of Chicago

Past Visiting Artists, Scholars, and Critics

Magdalena Abakanowicz
Terry Allen
Alice Aycock
Judy Chicago
Stephen De Staebler
Dave Hickey
Richard Hunt
John McNaughton
Robert Morris
Nathan Olivera
Dennis Oppenheim
Charles Ray
Roland Reiss
George Rickey
George Segal
Tony Tasset
Michael Todd
Bill Viola
Peter Voulkos
Frances Whitehead
Krzystof Wodiczko

Further Information

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
e: jlahr@nd.edu


To Apply

Application must be done online. Submit a portfolio of twenty slides through SlideRoom, and send three letters of recommendation, a letter of intent, and transcripts to The Graduate School. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to our M.F.A. program. Apply now.

Application Deadline: February 1