The graduate program at Wichita State offers the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Studio Art (download here). The terminal degree in studio art, the WSU MFA was one of the earlier programs in the United States, with the first degree awarded in 1955 in painting. Intended for highly-qualified students pursuing careers, the graduate program is interested in applicants who show dedication to art production as a viable critical and material practice and use it as an expressive language for articulating observations of contemporary experience. Depth of knowledge in contemporary art and theory is highly valued. Program emphasis is placed on developing awareness and appropriate application of contemporary practice and contextual understanding of the history of art. Technical expertise, an informed conceptual base and a proven professional commitment to studio art practice are essential for recipients of the MFA. Graduate Teaching Assistantships with substantial financial support in the form of tuition waivers, stipend and graduate fellowships are available to each student accepted in the program.
The MFA Studio Graduate program requires students to apply to specific studio art disciplines-- Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, or Sculpture --however, all students pursue a studio minor as well: cross-disciplinarity is expected and interdisciplinarity is common. Extensive space and facilities combined with the resources and support of a large university in a mid-size city enable students to make any kind of work they can envision.
The School of Art & Design enjoys a close relationship with the Ulrich Museum, whose mission focuses on modern and contemporary art, the "art of our time." The Ulrich brings many exciting and thought-provoking exhibitions as well as top-tier artists from all over the world. Recent visiting artists include Mel Chin, Kerry James Marshall, Mark Dion, Ursula von Rydingsvaard, Andy Goldsworthy, Willie Cole, Tom Otterness, Tom Huck, David Reed, Odili Donald Odita, Michelle Grabner, Devorah Sperber, Dario Robleto, Alfredo Jaar, and and Robyn O'Neil.
The WSU MFA is a 60 credit hour, three-year degree with 23 credits in studio emphasis, 12 credits in studio minor or minors outside the emphasis, 12 credits in art history, art seminar or pertinent University electives, 2 credits in Professional Practices in Studio Art, 1 credit in Graduate Teaching Seminar, and 10 credits in terminal project in studio emphasis. Enrollment in 9 credits is considered full-time.