Studio Art (MFA)

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Program Description

The MFA Program in Studio Art is an intimate full-time program that combines art and critical theory with a focused studio practice. The admissions process is highly competitive.

Faculty members meet regularly with students individually and in intensive group critiques and seminars. Weekly visiting artist lectures enhance the program’s connection to the greater art world. Facilities and faculty expertise include painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, photography, digital art, video, printmaking, performance, ceramics, and metals.

The NYU Steinhardt MFA Program in Studio Art offers students the opportunity to work with accomplished artists and scholars in a truly interdisciplinary setting. The two-year program provides private studios and access to facilities in painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, digital media, and sculpture. During the course of study, students engage in team-taught critique classes, as well as one full afternoon a week of individual studio meetings with visiting artists.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series and Studio Visits

The weekly visiting artist lecture series is an important part of the MFA Studio Art Program. Each week, students meet individually with selected visiting artists, followed by a lecture. With the University’s location in the center of New York, these lectures regularly bring innovative artists, writers, and critics into the department.

Recent visiting artists and curators include Ellen Berkenblit, Alex Da Corte, Keith Edmier, Lia Gangitano, Matthew Day Jackson, Alex Jovanovich, Jennifer Krasinski, Leigh Ledare, Nick Mauss, Rick Moody, Rebecca Morris, Laurel Nakadate, Jack Pierson, Martha Schwendener, Andrea Scott, Joel Shapiro, Billy Sullivan, Sue Williams, and B Wurtz.

Career Opportunities

Alumni of the program in studio art are represented by galleries, featured in contemporary museums and biennials, and recipients of prestigious fellowships and artist residencies. Many hold positions as teachers, designers, and curators.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.