The University of Idaho’s M.F.A. program is a 60-credit concept-oriented, studio degree designed for students eager to explore INTEGRATED approaches to art making and design. Applicants are considered based on their skills and potential rather than a focus on a specific medium. The program fosters exploration in a number of theoretical and practice-based contexts in a vibrant and creative atmosphere.
You will define your body of work based on a conceptual trajectory and your interests. You will explore the INTERSECTIONS of drawing, mixed media, sculpture, painting, printmaking, graphic design, interface and information design and other disciplines across the university. You can specialize in an area that best fits your talents with the flexibility to enhance your creative versatility working across disciplines and exploring cutting-edge concepts. Your studies will culminate in an exhibition of your professional work and a written thesis.
Our MFA program emphasizes teaching and all University of Idaho Art + Design Graduate students will garner three years of teaching experience as instructors of record. Our graduates leave with a unique degree and marketable professional experience.
The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree is an advanced degree for aspiring professional studio artists or for those who want to:
- Deepen their current professional practice
- Reframe their existing understanding through intensive work and reflection
- Augment their perspective to meet the demands of the ever evolving world
- Teach art and design at the college or university level
What You Learn
The M.F.A. program at the University of Idaho is unique. Students define their own body of work based on their competency and interests. You will specialize in an area that best fits your interest and talents, with flexibility to enhance your artistic versatility and work across disciplines.
Applicants are considered based on their skills and potential rather than being typecast based on a specific media area. Students generate work that explores existing genres of art and design and cutting-edge concepts.
A major component of the self-directed, 60-credit degree program is a one-person exhibition of your professional work supported by a written thesis on the nature of the work.
M.F.A. students have access to a private studio space in the art and design program's Graduate Art Studios (GAS House) as space allows.
The graduate degree in studio art prepares you to become a professional artist or for a career in academia. Opportunities include:
- Professional artist or designer
- Instructor of art or design in higher education
- Manager/administrator of museums and/or galleries
- Art buyer or curator for corporations/collectors
- Director of nonprofit art organizations