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The Studio Art M.F.A. program with a concentration in Drawing and Painting integrates
creative research, contemporary theory, and studio practice culminating in a solo
In the College of Visual Arts and Design, students participate in methodologies across disciplines while engaging in the critical practice of the fine arts. Housed in a world-class Tier 1 research institution, CVAD is a short drive from the vibrant cultural capitals of Dallas and Fort Worth along with a thriving art scene in Denton.
Our graduate programs are led by active artists, critics and educators who are recognized nationally and internationally for their intellectual and creative research. The studio art faculty are passionate and work to ensure that students realize their potential. We are proud of the diverse means of research modes and art-making processes in our program and the many successes of our M.F.A. graduates who make their impact through creative inquiry, scholarship and innovation.
Our M.F.A. students are passionate, skilled, dedicated and have a unique vision.
This degree will prepare graduates for diverse career pathways in education, design, museums and galleries, and the arts. Employment opportunities include being hired as a professor, lecturer, or technician at a college or university; a general art teacher in elementary/high schools; or a workshop leader.
Graduates also may pursue commercial arts opportunities in
Fine artists may be self-employed and produce commissioned work for galleries, interior designers, architects, offices, hotels, or on a freelance basis.
Additionally, graduates may seek employment in museum or gallery settings in positions such as art buyer, art handler, art consultant, gallery director, critic, curator, conservator, or preparator.
Overall employment of fine artists is projected to grow 14% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.