Studio Art (MFA)

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Program Description

The MFA in Studio Art is a two year full-time interdisciplinary program. Classes include: group critique, seminar in contemporary art, writing for artists, and critical theory. In addition, MFA students have one full day a week of individual studio meetings with visiting artists and faculty. 

Our Full and Part time faculty includes writers, art critics, and visual artists who work in all media. Visiting artists, and guests at our roundtable discussions, enhance the program’s connection to the greater art world. 

The MFA studios and art department facilities are all located in one building, on Stuyvesant Street in the East Village. The private studios are accessible 24/7, and available over winter and summer break. The Art department facilities include: a wood and metal shop, printmaking, photography, ceramics, and digital labs. 

During their time at NYU, MFA students will exhibit their work at the Art Department’s Gallery. This includes a First year group show, a solo project, and a final thesis show. There is also an Open Studio Event once a year, which is open to the public.


All MFAs are given the opportunity to work as a course assistant during their first year. In their second year they are hired to teach an introductory level studio art course for NYU.

Career Opportunities

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

Accreditation (NASAD)

NYU is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
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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.