The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Art is the terminal degree in the field of studio art. UTSA is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The emphasis of the M.F.A. program is on conceptual development and its harmony with formal aesthetic and art historical considerations. The objective of the degree is to provide advanced study in the field of art in preparation for a career as a practicing artist, in higher education, or as a professional in other art enterprise.
Why Pursue an M.F.A. at UTSA?
- The caliber of UTSA Art Department faculty, all of whom have outstanding exhibition records which are part of major museum collections and have shown internationally
- The small size of our graduate program allows for more student-faculty contact and a more personalized and intensive experience
- We offer the Margaret Denslow Harris Graduate Fellowship in Studio Art, which provides a $20,000 award to one graduate student applicant seeking to complete the MFA degree in a visual art studio discipline at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).
- Ranked in the top tier at #114 by US News and World Report.
| Required Degree
||Bachelor’s of Fine Arts or the equivalent is required. Equivalency is defined as completion of a minimum of 45 semester credit hours in studio art and 15 semester credit hours in art history as part of, or in addition to, a bachelor’s degree.
| Other Degree Requirements
For a complete list of degree programs, please see the Graduate Catalog.
| General University Requirements
||Must meet university wide requirements.
||A completed a Graduate School application.
||Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
| Resume or Curriculum Vitae
| Letters of Recommendation
||Three letters of recommendation.
| Statement of Purpose
||A statement of intent concerning graduate school.
| Test Scores
| Evaluation of Foreign Credentials
All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
- Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429, firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at https://www.foreigncredentials.org/our-services/apply-now/.
- If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
| International Applicants
||Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
- An artist’s statement about the applicant’s work. Artist Statements and Statements of Purpose should be submitted as separate files.
- The portfolio is the most important part of the application for admission. Applicants should submit 20 images that best exemplify their most recent creative work. Do not send original works of art. Ideally, a strong portfolio will suggest a specific direction or overarching thematic interest. Portfolios may be as a PDF document uploaded through the application portal. The PDF should be created as a power point with a white background and each slide should include title, medium, size, and date of completion for each piece in each image. Slides for time-based artworks should include a still image with an additional html link (not embedded) to a YouTube or video site where a video can be viewed or a sound file can be heard for the piece.
The alumni from our department have followed multiple career paths, including being a professional artist showing in multiple venues, galleries, and museums; public art and installation; teaching at the secondary, community college, and university levels; curatorial work in galleries and museums; art-related community service on municipal and cultural boards; working with non-profit galleries and programs; departmental and administrative positions in an academic setting; as well as the creation of personal art in the private sector.
We are dealing with contemporary and historical issues related to the art field. The graduate students receive a comprehensive understanding of a world view and how they fit within the contemporary world view of art. Our students explore a myriad of mediums and styles, and have the full resources of the art faculty and facilities to fully reach their artistic potential in whatever avenue they choose. They are encouraged to experiment and are expected to be able to speak about their own work within the larger contemporary and art historical contexts.
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Course Scheduling and Offerings
Most of the courses we offer are during the day. Students are required to be full-time students (9 hours) and are expected to be in their studios during regular hours and meet with faculty on a regular basis as well as attending critiques.