MFA in Painting

Students in the graduate painting and sculpture departments undertake a full-time, 60-credit program designed to enhance their development as professional artists. Students are encouraged to develop individuality of vision and expression and to adhere to a strong tradition of the pursuit of excellence in fine arts. Interacting with fellow students, a distinguished faculty, and many visiting artists further enriches the educational experience.

Sculptors and painters share seminars and group critiques and all students are required to take liberal arts and studio electives. The close proximity and accessibility of individual studio spaces creates a setting in which students share ideas, techniques, and processes. Each student also determines and develops a body of work that is presented in a master’s thesis exhibition.


The Master of Fine Arts in Painting program encourages students to generate paintings, drawings, and prints as a way to develop and practice new techniques and explore ideas and images. Considering works by contemporary and past painters challenges students to adhere to the highest standards as they develop a personal artistic sensibility within a unique body of work. Professors provide guidance and feedback during individual and group critiques. Two extensive group critiques per semester, midyear reviews, and individual critiques with visiting artists offer additional opportunities for student work evaluation.

Painting Curriculum

Graduate Painting (CFA AR 841, 842, 847, 848) 36 cr
Graduate Seminar/Discussion (CFA AR 843, 844, 845, 846) 12 cr
Liberal Arts elective (GRS or CAS, 500 level or above) 4 cr
Art or General electives 8 cr
Total 60 cr