Twin Cities Campus
College of Liberal Arts
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Department of Art, E201 Regis Center for Art, 405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-8096; fax: 612-625-7881).
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The master of fine arts program places major emphasis on creative artistic work of high quality. It promotes not only the conceptual and technical education of the professional artist in their artistic practice, encouraging critical inquiry, excellence, and an understanding of the history of art, but also an experimental approach toward each media. The following areas of concentration are available: ceramics, drawing and painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and experimental and media arts. The M.F.A. is considered the terminal degree in the field of fine arts and is typically the degree required to teach at the college or university level.
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Special Application Requirements:
Admission to the M.F.A. program is highly competitive. In addition to meeting the University's application requirements, students applying to the program must demonstrate a high degree of capability and commitment in their artistic portfolio and in their statements of artistic and academic intent. Applicants must submit a portfolio electronically with documentation of artwork completed in the three years prior to admission. Instructions for submitting the portfolio and supplemental materials including three letters of recommendation may be found at the department's website: www.art.umn.edu Students are admitted for fall semester only.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Plan B: Plan B requires 51 major credits and 9 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:Candidates demonstrate their visual research accomplishments through participation in the MFA Thesis Exhibition in the Katherine E. Nash Gallery and a supporting paper and a final oral examination.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
The M.F.A. program requires a total of 60 credits. It is typically a three-year program and studio space is provided for a maximum of three consecutive years for the pursuit of appropriate artistic research. MFA candidates plan programs with their advisers with approval of the DGS. The program requires all course work be completed by the end of the second year of the program. Required courses include ARTS 8400 (fall semester of the first term), ARTS 8410 (taken in the first or second year), ARTS 8X00 (Area) Practice and Critique course taken each of the four semesters of years one and two, and 9 credits of Related Field courses including a minimum of one course in the history of art and two courses from other academic departments pertinent to the student's program. Students who will teach during their time in the MFA program will be required to register for the 1 credit MFA Teaching Colloquium prior to a graduate teaching appointment. In the third year of the MFA program candidates are required to register for 9 ARTS 8990 credits per semester and a one credit writing workshop in the fall. Candidates must be reviewed annually for progress through the program. At the end of the final year, candidates demonstrate their artistic research accomplishments through participation in the MFA Thesis Exhibition held in the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, a supporting paper, and a final oral examination.