November 5, 2019

MFA in Studio Arts at Syracuse University

Syracuse University

Ayesha Rumi (MFA Studio Arts), Micro-Organizations, 2019. Agar Solution and micro-organisms cultivated from leaves. Photo by artist.

The School of Art, in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, is now accepting applications for the MFA Studio Arts degree.

Our MFA brings together faculty and students to take part in the creation and discussion of contemporary art through seminars, studio visits with national and international visiting artists, distinguished faculty, cross-disciplinary critiques, and diverse academic courses Syracuse University has to offer.

As an art school within a research university, the emphasis of the MFA program is on the creation of innovative modes of artistic production. Offering both a two-year and three-year program, our curriculum affords the opportunity to work within one of our nationally recognized areas or across disciplines, enabling graduate candidates to develop a course of study specific to their research goals.

Graduates are provided a studio as well as access to more than 70,000 square feet of shared facilities and shops within studio intensive areas. With a dedicated graduate-run gallery, Random Access, MFA candidates have opportunities to exhibit and take part in the curation of work as well as reach beyond the campus into the community. An MFA thesis exhibition in New York City finishes the degree experience.

The Semester Residency Program is designed as a career development opportunity for MFA candidates in Studio Arts. Focused on the development of studio/creative practices and the essential professional skills required of today’s contemporary artist, the program immerses students in internationally recognized arts centers Los Angeles, Berlin, and New York City. Bridging academic study and a career in the arts, the Semester Residency Program allows students to define themselves and their work in relation to the field of contemporary art. Guided by faculty, studio visits with local artists, curators/writers and exhibition opportunities, the Semester Residency Program enables students to make the transition to professional artist.

Visit our website at for more information and how to apply. Contact Professor Juan Juarez, Director of Graduate Studies and MFA Studio Arts coordinator, at jhjuarez [​at​]

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