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Communication, Media, Arts, and Design

Art, Studio

Master of Fine Arts

Graduate Program

  • Oxford
  • Graduate Program
  • On Campus
Art students working on freedom summer metal trees

Ceramics | Metals | Painting | Photography | Printmaking | Sculpture

Our Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art is a sixty-credit hour, terminal degree program which aims to prepare students for professional careers in visual arts. The variety of conceptual and stylistic approaches reflects a diverse and rigorous program. We encourage each MFA candidate to build a distinctive and relevant studio practice driven by their individual aesthetic sensibility.

Contact Info

Dana Saulnier

Art Building, 212

Oxford, OH 45056

513 529 7423

Curriculum and Courses

Our program emphasizes disciplined studio work in conjunction with an intense and rigorous critical dialog. Miami's strong liberal arts tradition enables each MFA candidate to locate resources critical for their development. Graduate students can pursue courses outside the department in relevant areas, as well as utilize technologies in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and University Instrumentation laboratory.

  • ART 506 Art Since 1980
  • ART 520 Special Lecture Topics in Art History
  • ART 587 Art of the Early 20th Century
  • ART 588 Art in the Age of Revolution: 1789-1848
  • ART 589 Postwar to Postmodern, 1945-1980

At Miami, there’s something for everyone.

Course Catalog

Facts and Stats

A Degree That Holds Its Worth

  • Top 10 College for Producing Fortune 500 CEOs Nationwide

    Money Magazine

  • 98% of Master's Graduates are Successfully Employed, Enrolled in Higher Education, or in a Volunteer/Service Program

    Miami University Data

  • Top 50 National Public University

    U.S. News & World Report, 2020


Where Education Becomes Something Greater

Explore what it means to be a graduate student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where students prepare to go anywhere and everywhere.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MFA Program in Studio Art is in two parts: online application to the graduate school and portfolio submission to the Department of Art.

An online application to the Graduate School. This will include:

  • A non-refundable application fee
  • The Graduate School application form, which includes a section to apply for a Graduate Award (if applying for an assistantship)
  • Your academic transcript(s) in PDF format for each college or university attended. Unofficial transcripts can be used as long as your name and institution are clearly indicated. If you are admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript for each degree earned.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A one-page statement of intent for your area of study. Please tell us about your educational background and your ideas and influences for your creative work.
  • Resume including relevant work or professional experience.
  • Information for international applicants

A portfolio of your artwork with 20 digital examples of your creative work indicating depth in the area of proposed study, and some breadth of experimentation. This portfolio is submitted through Slideroom (GRADUATE MFA: Department of Art)
Include title, date, medium, and dimension in description.

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