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Detail from Chelsea A Anderson, 3D & Transparent 3

MFA Studio Art at a Glance

  • Students choose 2- or 3-year tracks for 36-credit curriculum.
  • Students can take graduate courses throughout AU and use photography, engineering, and other facilities to support their practice.
  • Students have 24/7 access to their own studio space in the Katzen Arts Center and exhibit thesis works in the AU Museum.
  • All accepted students are considered for financial awards.

See Admissions & Application details.

Justin Randolph Thompson, from Meet Me at the Bottoms.

Our Community

The Studio Art MFA program is home to a robust community of practicing artists. Meet the faculty, our alumni, and your peers:

Studio visit with Jonathan Lyndon Chase. Credit: Tim Doud

Mission & Values

In the MFA Studio Art program, we are dedicated to advancing the creative scholarship and research of artists studying in a liberal arts environment. We prepare artists-scholars to participate in the arts ecosystem, not only as practicing artists, but as educators, collaborators, and thought-leaders.

Mission & Values


Katzen Arts Center at nighttime

Facilities & Resources

Each artist in the Program is provided with 24-hour access to a private studio in the Katzen Arts Center. Printing, sculpture, and new media workshops, along with facilities for photography and 3-D printing, are available in the Katzen Center or on campus.
Explore Facilities

MFA students in their studios

Studio class on the Katzen Plaza.


Our flexible cohort-based program can be completed in two years or three based on your personal preference and goals. In addition to a core curriculum of thesis, research practicum, and theory, candidates select graduate-level courses within the Studio Art program and university to support their practice.
Studio Art Courses

MFA candidate sewing in student studio space

Funding & Admissions

All accepted students are considered for scholarships available within the Studio Art program and the university at large.

Image Credits

  • Top banner: Chelsea A. Anderson (CAS/MFA '22), 3D & Transparent (detail), 2019.
  • Upper left (in Our Community): Justin Randolph Thompson (CAS/MFA '03), Still from Meet Me at the Bottoms, 2013.
  • Upper right (in Mission & Values): Faculty and students on a studio visit with Jonathan Lyndon Chase (top row second from left). Credit: Tim Doud.