Fine Arts Studio MFA

Graduate Admissions Counselor

David Wivell

Department Contact

Elizabeth Kronfield

Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? No
Application Deadline February 15 Priority Deadline
Admit Term Fall Term Only
Entrance Exam None
Other Portfolio
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 80
PTE Academic 58


Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.

Program overview

The MFA in fine arts studio is a rigorous two-year program comprised of major studio courses chosen from painting, sculpture, non-toxic printmaking, and expanded forms. The program also includes studio electives in areas such as film, ceramics, photography, industrial design, and glass in addition to theory, and contemporary art history. A thesis is required.

The program is committed to collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches both within the four major fine arts areas of study and the entire College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. The program's structure allows for personal growth, experimentation, collaboration, and unique, non-discipline specific results to occur in the thesis. Courses are meant to concentrate on creative visual work while also thinking about making and sustaining a dialogue.


Fine arts studio, MFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  Fine Art Studio Major Courses* 15
ARTH-605 Thinking About Making 3
FNAS-702 Fine Art Research 3
  Art History (Contemporary) Course† 3
FNAS-606 Business Practices 3
  CIAS Studio Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
Second Year
  Fine Art Studio Major Courses 9
FNAS-890 Research and Thesis 10
  CIAS Studio Elective 3
  Free Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 61

* Students may choose any combination of the following fine art studio major courses: Painting (FNAS-603), Non-toxic Printmaking (FNAS-602), Sculpture (FNAS-604), or Expanded Forms (FNAS-601).

† Art history (contemporary) courses may be selected from any graduate level art history course offered by CIAS or the College of Liberal Arts in which the major content of the course reflects the study of art since World War I.


Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MFA program in fine arts studio, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college of fine arts.
  • Submit a portfolio containing a cohesive body of artwork that demonstrates both technical skill and visualization of conceptual thought. (Refer to Portfolio Requirements for more information.)
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Submit a personal statement of educational objectives, including why the candidates is interested in earning an MFA, the selection of RIT for the MFA degree, and professional goals to be achieved.
  • Submit an artist’s statement explaining the intention behind the portfolio.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.

Career Outcomes

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