MFA and Special Student

Masters of Fine Arts

The MFA Program is highly competitive and accepts a limited number of students each year. The Faculty meets as a group to view portfolios, assess compatibility and look for achievements within the artists’ field of work

Application:  The application is available online for a non-refundable application fee of $60 please go to the Division of Graduate Education homepage at

The Master of Fine Arts is a project based, non-media specific curriculum that focuses on individual artistic development and creative leadership. The program brings together talented individuals from a variety of different media building a community that fosters exploration, professionalism and creative success.

Each semester students develop, propose and execute projects; the development and iteration of these projects is a creative act in itself and a core concept of the program. The goal is twofold, to center the graduate experience in the conceptual and production processes of sophisticated art making, and to graduate individuals who are capable of successfully developing, organizing and executing complex artistic/entrepreneurial endeavors.  Projects based in all traditional fine art media along with environmental art, new media and installation can be accommodated.

The School of Art offers state of the art facilities for intensive graduate study. The 6000 square ft. Melvin Graduate Studios provides spacious light-filled studios with mountain views and a large gallery for student exhibitions. With a working kitchen, and 12 semi-private studios, you will feel at home.  Students have the space to work on large wall works or enjoy the ample floor space for 3-D art making. There is a tool room with band saws, a table saw and a drill press. With a private electric salt kiln, ceramicists are free from the sharing of mass kiln firings. The Graduate Art Studio also provides Wi-Fi Internet access.

Special Student

The ceramics department has an occasional special student position open with the intent to offer BFA graduates a method to continue developing their work within a critically challenging and engaging environment.

Students have full access to our facilities, faculty and a vibrant peer community.   In addition to rigorous studio production,  participation in class critiques, firings, visiting artist lectures and exhibitions is expected.  Basic studio maintenance and mentoring of undergaduate students is part of the responsibility as this is a stepping stone towards graduate study and professional practice within the field.

To Apply:  Please Submit


10 Slides of current work

Statement of Intent

Contact Information of three references

To: Josh DeWeese –

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