This is a fast-paced, full-time, studio-intensive interdisciplinary degree program that takes full advantage of the university’s physical, technical and intellectual resources. Students can choose to work in-depth in a particular discipline or across any of our five areas: Painting & Drawing, Photography & Media, Print, Sculpture & Extended Media, and Transmedia (video / performance / digital media).
Our program has developed an interdisciplinary environment of high expectation: self-motivation, intellectual capacity, and responsibility. Our faculty find these conditions best promote an artist’s ability to develop work of the greatest consequence. Within our well-equipped facilities, students explore the various disciplines’ parameters, depths, and overlaps, discovering applications for new and traditional modes of expression while simultaneously examining links between art and the world.
The MFA program is a vital community of diverse and engaged artists. Professionally active faculty, knowledgeable technical staff, a dynamic visiting artist and critic program, and the tremendous research facilities housed at The University of Texas at Austin foster the program’s creative community.
The 60-credit-hour MFA in Studio Art is a two-year, full-time course of study.
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Graduate students from the U.S. (citizens and permanent residents) are automatically eligible for Federal Plus loans as independent students and must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). However, you should complete the FAFSA even if you don’t intend to take out student loans because doing so may qualify you for need-based funding such as grants and scholarships. Applicants must file the FAFSA by the March 15 priority deadline to be considered for need-based funding.
Applicants should complete the FAFSA as soon as you have submitted your admission application and have filed your federal tax return. You are strongly urged not to wait for notification of admission before filing the FAFSA.
Tuition and fees for the entire two-year, 60-credit-hour MFA in Studio Art program, at rates in effect for academic year 2019-20, are roughly $28,000 for Texas residents and $54,000 for non-residents (out-of-state and international). Refer to the Graduate Tuition Calculator for the most current rates.
The faculty’s goal is to award Tuition Waivers to all out-of-state and international students that forgive the non-resident portion of tuition. Therefore, it is very likely that each admitted student will only be charged resident (in-state) tuition for both years. Accepted non-resident applicants, as well as continuing non-resident students, are automatically considered for this waiver.
All incoming students are automatically considered for fellowship support. No additional application or supporting material is required. Fellowship decisions for continuing students are made each spring after a faculty review of student artwork.
Teaching Assistants (TAs) provide support to faculty members in classrooms and/or monitor open periods in labs. Some 10- and 20-hour assistantships are available to both incoming and continuing students, and all students are considered for appointment as TAs. 20-hour appointments pay the majority of tuition, a stipend, and high-quality health insurance. Appointments are based on institutional need and available funding, and are made on a semesterly basis (rather than annual).
Information about other sources of funding is available from the Graduate School.
Special Programs and Activities
UT<> RCA Reciprocal Exchange Program
UT<>RCA is our reciprocal exchange program with the Royal College of Art, London (RCA). Each fall, RCA sends one third-semester graduate student to study at UT Austin, and we in turn send one third-semester student to study in London. Studio Art faculty choose the outgoing student based on portfolio materials from their first year. Travel funding, as well as partial attendance and living costs, are covered.
SOMA Summer, Mexico City
Each summer we send one student on full scholarship to SOMA Summer in Mexico City, an eight-week program conducted in English for international artists, curators, critics, and art historians. The program introduces participants to the dynamic art scene of Mexico City through visits to museums, openings, and artists’ studios. Designed to promote intense creative work and open dialogue, the program is built around a series of seminars and workshops led by renowned Mexican and international artists and curators.
Visiting Artists Series
Each fall, internationally known artists visit the department to give lectures, conduct seminars, and meet with graduate students for critiques.
Viewpoint Visiting Critics Series
Each spring, as part of the 20+ year Viewpoint Visiting Critics Series, the department hosts a pair of leading art critics or curators for lectures, critiques, and seminars during three concentrated visits over the course of the semester.
Guest Artist in Print Program (GAPP)
GAPP focuses on contemporary print and expanded media in the form of ephemeral project-based work that includes performance, publication, and installation. Through direct engagement with students, GAPP artists provoke thorough, intellectual, and exciting conversation about the state of contemporary print.
Graduate students often have opportunities for studio visits and critiques with renown artists brought to the university in conjunction with the Lectures on Art in the Black Diaspora Series, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The Blanton Museum of Art, and the Landmarks Public Art Program.