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 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.
Applicants should forward the following to the Graduate School office:
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:
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: email@example.com
Completed application materials must be received by the first Wednesday in February for consideration for admission to the following fall semester.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ted Adler | MFA, Ohio University, Ceramics
Barry Badgett | MFA, Syracuse University, Sculpture
Robert Bubp | MFA Georgia State University, Painting
Marco Hernandez | MFA, University of Kansas, Printmaking
Brenda Lichman | MFA, University of North Texas, Ceramics
Jennifer Ray | MFA, Columbia College Chicago, Photography
Lisa Rundstrom | MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Sculpture
Levente Sulyok | MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Painting
For More Information, contact:
Graduate Coordinator Ted Adler
School of Art, Design and Creative Industries
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount Street
Wichita, Kansas 67260-0067
Phone (316) 978-3555 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about application, deadlines, financial aid and more, visit the WSU Graduate School.