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The M.F.A. program integrates creative research, contemporary theory and studio practice culminating in a solo exhibition and frames the individual needs of each student through the development of conceptual, aesthetic, and technical skills.
While in the College of Visual Arts and Design, Studio Art M.F.A. students engage with ideas and methodologies across disciplines while engaging in the critical practice of the fine arts.
Students’ work ranges from jewelry, vessels, and sculptural forms to large-scale multi-media installations. Cross-disciplinary research is supported through a network of available resources in other studio areas.
Refine your personal creative voice within a balance of conceptual, aesthetic and technical development achieved through your independent, in-depth, studio-focused research and exploration.
Housed in a world-class Tier 1 research institution, CVAD is a short drive from the vibrant cultural capitals of Dallas and Fort Worth.
You will be led by engaged artists 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.
Through the CVAD M.F.A. program, you too can become a passionate, skilled, dedicated artist with a unique vision.
New facilities provide access to comprehensive tools and processes in support of individual interests, including digital fabrication, jewelry production, blacksmithing, silversmithing, metal spinning, micro & Tungsten Inert Gas, TIG, welding, electroforming, die-forming, powder coating and more.
The Studio Art M.F.A. degree prepares graduates for diverse career pathways in:
Employment opportunities include being hired as a:
Artists may produce one-of-a-kind pieces or production work to exhibit and sell in museums, galleries, art fairs and specialty shops. In manufacturing, businesses may focus on stone setting polishing/finishing, CAD designing, model making, and wax techniques.
Additional employment opportunities include working in the areas of:
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.