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MFA, Studio Art

Earn your MFA in NYC

Study with accomplished artists and scholars within an interdisciplinary setting. This two-year degree provides you with private studios and access to facilities in painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, digital media, and sculpture.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art

Format
Full-time
Credits
60
Start Date
Fall
Application Deadline

Our MFA is dedicated to assisting artists in developing their work through an approach that is intensely introspective while collectively open to the challenges and issues of the larger world. We ask you to consider, both critically and irreverently, your own practices and assumptions, as well as those of the contemporary art world. Designed to be small, the degree provides ample opportunity for individual attention and critique. We are nonrestrictive and encourage you to work with whatever media or formal means best suit your ideas.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze and examine the process of artistic production through guidance and critique with faculty, visiting artists, curators and critics.

  • Develop critical thinking as it applies to the conceptual and aesthetic foundation of individual studio practice. 

  • Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing the link between theory and individual artistic practice with specific attention to historical and cultural contexts.

  • Synthesize critique and intellectual reflection into individual artistic production, culminating in a thesis exhibition of contemporary and critical relevance.

During the course of study, you will engage in a team-taught interdisciplinary critique class each semester, as well as one full afternoon each week of individual studio meetings with visiting artists, full-time faculty, and visiting faculty. Seminar and studio courses are also offered as electives.

Students study with faculty who are acclaimed artists, critics, and writers with diverse interests and disciplines who see teaching as an integral part of an ongoing and influential creative practice. We draw our faculty from the surrounding New York art world, and the deeply engaged relationship between them and our students represents the core of our MFA community.  

MFA studios and facilities are located in the Department of Art and Art Professions' six-story Beaux-Arts Building at 34 Stuyvesant Street in the East Village. Students have the opportunity to exhibit their work during Open Studios as well as in solo installations and group shows at the Art Department’s 80WSE Gallery.

MFAs have private studios and access to facilities for sculpture, printmaking, painting, drawing, ceramics, metalsmithing, sewing, photography, fabrication, and digital printing.

Learn more about NYU studio facilities.

If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Mary Ann Santos at mas9@nyu.edu

Upcoming Events

Visiting Artist Talks

SEPT 19: John Pilson

MFA Visiting Artist Talk: John Pilson
September 19, 5:30pm
Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant Street
Free and open to the public

SEPT 26: LaKela Brown

MFA Visiting Artist Talk: LaKela Brown
September 26, 5:30pm
Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant Street
Free and open to the public
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OCT 3: Joanne Greenbaum

MFA Visiting Artist Talk: Joanne Greenbaum
October 3, 5:30pm
Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant Street
Free and Open to the Public
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OCT 10: Karen Finley

MFA Visiting Artist Talk: Karen Finley
October 10, 5:30pm
Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant Street
Free and Open to the Public
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OCT 17: Sanya Kantarovsky

MFA Visiting Artist Talk: Sanya Kantarovsky 
October 17, 5:30pm
Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant Street
Free and open to the public

OCT 24: Holly Coulis

MFA Visiting Artist Talk: Holly Coulis
October 24, 5:30pm
Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant Street
Free and open to the public
 

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