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The Studio Art M.F.A. program integrates creative research, contemporary theory, and studio practice culminating in a solo exhibition.
While in the College of Visual Arts and Design, students participate in ideas and 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.
Our graduate programs are 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. 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, museum work, commercial industries, 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 and high schools; or a workshop leader.
Fine artists may maintain a professional studio practice and produce exhibitions and public art installations in settings such as airports, public parks and metropolitan areas.
Work may be commissioned by individual collectors, businesses, arts organizations and government organizations.
Graduates may be self-employed business owners or work for manufacturers or large-scale studios.
Additional employment opportunities include artwork restoration, the production of models for film, set design, digital sculpture/prop making, fabrication, exhibition design, art handling and gallery installation.
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.