Department of Art and Art Professions

M.F.A. Studio Art

Degree Requirements

The MFA Studio Art program requires the completion of 60 points during 2 years of full-time study culminating in a Thesis Exhibition at 80WSE in the last semester of the second year.

The core of the program is structured around individual and group critiques with faculty, visiting artists, critics, and curators in the MFA Studio Critique and MFA Critique and Review classes. 

The Fall 2012 roster of rotating visiting faculty includes Richard Flood, Marthe Schwendener, Peter Eeley, Claude Wampler, David Salle, Kalup Linzy, and Leigh Ledare.  Students may also sign up for studio visits with full-time faculty and an additional slate of visiting artists that currently includes Kelite Ferris, Nicholas Mauss, Matt Keegan, Martin Kersels, Sue Williams, Simone Leigh, Amie Siegel, Dike Blair, Wayne Koestenbaum, Xavier Cha, Sam Messer, and Paul Ramirez Jonas.

In Fall 2012 the seminar and studio courses included “Articulating the Visual Arts” taught by visiting faculty Rick Moody; “Contemporary Practice” with visiting faculty Matthew Day Jackson; and "Advanced Projects in Painting" taught by MFA Program Director Maureen Gallace with visiting artist Jack Pierson.

The Spring 2013 roster of visiting faculty includes David Salle, Kurt Kauper, Peter Eeley, Ellen Berkenblit, Kalup Linzy, Matt Day Jackson, Erika Ranee, Leigh Ledare, and Charles Long.  Students may also sign up for studio visits with full-time faculty and an additional slate of visiting artists that currently includes Alex De Corte, Tom Sachs, Huma Bhabha, Cecily Brown, Dough McKenzie, Barbara Kruger, Joel Shapiro, Mickalene Thomas, Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, Jim Hodges.

In Spring 2013 the seminar, art theory, criticism, and studio courses include “Art in Contemporary Culture” taught by visiting faculty Martha Schwendener; “Film as Art” with visiting faculty Jennifer Krasinski; and "Graduate Projects: Autobiography" taught by Ross Blecker and MFA Program Director Maureen Gallace.

Students may elect to take graduate courses in other programs and schools at NYU by advisement and with the permission of the sponsoring program.