Master of Fine Arts Graduate Program

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Take your artistic practice to the next level.

The MFA in Studio Art is a three-year program designed for artists who want to expand, question and push contemporary thinking and making into uncharted territories. This interdisciplinary, studio-focused program integrates scholarly research, international travel, professional opportunities and community engagement into a bold, forward-thinking curriculum. Access to world-class libraries, internationally recognized faculty and a robust schedule of visiting artists will help fine-tune your artistic voice. Private studio spaces with extensive resources ensure that you’ll be ready when the big ideas arrive. Merit-based financial support includes scholarships and graduate teaching assistantships intended to help you stay focused in the studio. Bring your passion. Bring your skills. Bring your artistic vision and get the time, support and guidance you need to reach new heights.

Admission Requirements

Admission with full standing requires a grade point average of at least 2.750 based upon the last 60 hours of course work and 3.000 grade point average in the studio art emphasis. A Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, or the equivalent of a BFA, is required with a minimum of 12 hours of art history, 15 hours in the emphasis and 20 hours of related work.

Application Procedures

Applicants should forward the following to the Graduate School office:

  1. Completed application for admission to the Graduate School. Students can choose to apply online, or submit a paper application. Both are available at: www.wichita.edu/gadmf
  2. Nonrefundable application fee
  3. Official transcripts of all college-level academic coursework completed, either sent directly from the institutions, or issued-to-student transcripts in sealed envelopes

Applicants must also apply to the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries (ADCI) via www.wsufinearts.slideroom.com 

Please note that there may be an additional fee charged by SlideRoom to use their service. Through the SlideRoom portal, applicants will be prompted to submit the following:

  1. An application including a statement of intent (outlining artistic goals, professional objectives, and expectations of graduate study experience) and an artist’s statement (outlining artistic philosophy and the nature of work represented in the portfolio)
  2. A CV/resume listing education, academic and art awards and recognition, exhibition and any relevant information
  3. Three original letters of recommendation (recommenders will be listed in the online portal)
  4. A portfolio with 15-20 examples of recent work, labeled with title, description, size, medium and date.

Do not send materials directly to the School of ADCI. They will be returned unopened.

Questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to the Graduate Coordinator Ted Adler at: ted.adler@wichita.edu

Deadlines for Application

Completed application materials must be received by the first Wednesday in February for consideration for admission to the following fall semester.

Degree Requirements

Minimum course requirements for completion of the MFA degree are 60 graduate hours, summarized below. 45 of the 60 hours must be taken in courses numbered 800 or above.


23 hrs—Courses in studio art emphasis
12 hrs—Courses in non-emphasis studio art areas
6 hrs—Courses in graduate-level art history
6 hrs—University electives*
2 hrs—ART S 895, Professional Practices in Studio Art: Graduate
1 hr—ART S 790, Graduate Teaching Seminar
10 hrs—Terminal project in the emphasis

* Art or non-art courses 500 level or above. May include ARTH, ARTE, or ARTG courses. May include ARTS 800. Courses must be approved by the faculty advisor.

The terminal project consists of a thesis show proposal, an exhibition of original studio art work, a defense and a terminal project report that documents the candidate’s studio work (images, video), a hard copy list of the work, a written statement and a resume.

Graduate Programs in Studio Art

Each graduate student develops their Plan of Study. In order to define a Plan of Study for the graduate degree, students must submit the Plan of Study form leading to admission to candidacy for the degree no later than one month following the completion of 24 semester hours of graduate credit.

Assessment Reviews and Examinations

There will be a number of reviews throughout the program to assess the progress of students. This will include a First Year Review, Mid-Program Review, Terminal Project Proposal, Terminal Project Progress Review, and Terminal Project Review. In addition, prior to the public presentation of the terminal project exhibition, the oral examination is conducted.

Transfer of Credit

All graduate credit accepted for transfer will be at the discretion of the departmental adviser and graduate art coordinator. A maximum of 24 semester hours from prior graduate study may be considered for transfer to the MFA program. Final determination of transfer to will be made after the student has successfully completed 12 semester hours at WSU and the first graduate review. A maximum of 12 semester hours can be applied to the emphasis. If a transfer of credit is allowed, it may reduce course requirements, but not entrance requirements. A ruling on hours converted to the MFA program by the dean of the Graduate School, graduate art coordinator, and the emphasis faculty is final. Graduate non-degree work obtained before admission to a planned degree program will not be accepted.
Prerequisite. Students who have not been accepted to the degree status for the MFA in Art may enroll in 800-level courses only with written consent of the course faculty and graduate coordinator, and must be admitted to at least non-degree Category A status in any graduate area.

Policy Toward Student Art

Conforming to College Art Association MFA Standards Guidelines, retention of student work without compensation is not required.


Graduate students have 24-hour access to their studio space and facilites in Henrion Hall and McKnight Art Center.


Graduate teaching assistantships with the School of ADCI are available to qualified and deserving MFA graduate students at all levels of study. MFA graduate students who are awarded teaching assistantships receive additional financial support from Wichita State University in the form of tuition waivers. A detailed description of the assistantships is available from the graduate art coordinator.

Studio Art Graduate Faculty

Ted Adler | MFA, Ohio University, Ceramics  
Barry Badgett | MFA, Syracuse University, Sculpture
Robert Bubp | MFA Georgia State University, Painting
Marco Hernandez | MFA, Kansas State University, Printmaking 
Brenda Lichman | MFA, University of North Texas, Ceramics
Jennifer Ray | MFA, Columbia College Chicago, Photography
Levente Sulyok | MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Painting

For More Information, contact:
Graduate Coordinator Levente Sulyok
School of Art, Design and Creative Industries
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount Street
Wichita, Kansas 67260-0067
Phone (316) 978-3555 E-mail: levente.sulyok@wichita.edu

To learn more about application, deadlines, financial aid and more, visit the WSU Graduate School.