Our MFA program consists of rigorous, graduate-level study requiring the highest level of focus and professional competency in the visual arts. Students prepare for careers as professional artists and designers by developing a visually and conceptually strong thesis body of work. Skilled handling of materials and subject are essential, as well as the ability to communicate ideas visually. Awareness of contemporary studio practice and mastery of the tools necessary for critical analysis are also emphasized.
In addition to guidance in the development of a cohesive, culminating body of work, the program offers mentorship in the instruction of art for students interested in university teaching.
100% TUITION WAIVER + STIPEND (2016-17 Academic Year)
*Award amounts subject to vary yearly.
Most graduate students receive GTAs their first year, with 100% tuition waiver and stipend. GTAs assist a professor and are assigned to teach courses related to their areas as Instructor of Record. K-State MFA students graduate with strong teaching portfolios.
The Department of Art has fully equipped studio and workshop facilities and provides studio space for graduate students. The newly renovated Willard Hall also includes the beautiful Mark A. Chapman Gallery where most MFA candidates have their solo thesis exhibitions. In addition, students have access to the university’s library collections and Media Development Center for lab use, equipment checkout, technical training and instructional design support.
The Department of Art has 20+ full time committed faculty members. The department is primarily housed in Willard Hall.