November 18, 2022

MFA Program in Studio Arts

Syracuse University

Promising Failure Seminar, 2022. Courtesy of Professor Patrick McGuan.

The School of Art at Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts is now accepting applications for the MFA studio arts degree. The early decision deadline is January 15, 2023, and final deadline for all applications on February 1, 2023.

As part of an M.F.A. program within the context of a research university, our emphasis 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.

School of Art Virtual Session and Tour
Please join us for a Virtual Tour on one of the following dates: November 16, 7pm EST / January 10, 7pm EST. Register for a virtual session.

Program highlights
Merit-based tuition scholarships available for incoming applicants. / Teaching opportunities: More than 40 courses taught by graduate students each year as instructor of record. / Semester residency: Fully funded, semester-long professional development residency programs are offered in Los Angeles, Berlin, and New York City, where graduates are provided housing, studio space, resident faculty, weekly visiting artists, and a culminating exhibition of their work. / Visiting artist lecture series: More than 30 nationally and internationally recognized artists, illustrators, writers, curators, and art directors are brought to campus each year for lectures, workshops, and individual studio visits. / Professional practices: Courses in professional practices include portfolio development, writing for artists, project proposals and budgeting, copyright and advocacy, licensing, contracts and negotiation, grant writing, teaching portfolio development, etc. / Graduate Seminars in art theory, professional practices, thesis writing and exhibition along with cross-disciplinary critiques. / Grants offered each semester including summer to support graduate research. / Generous private studios with more than 30,000 square feet of shared studio facilities in painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and metalsmithing, 3D modeling and fabrication. / Instructional Associate Positions: Work alongside faculty and staff with courses and managing studio facilities. / Random Access Gallery: Graduate student-run gallery exhibiting invited national and international artists as well as graduate work. / Thesis exhibition in New York City.

Visit our website at for more information and how to apply. Contact Sam Van Aken, svanaken [​at​],for more details.

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