Graduate Degrees

An intensive, multidisciplinary approach to the development of work in a wide range of art media, including drawing and painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics, photography, video, installation and performance. The program focuses on the advancement of each student’s abilities as an artist. Work in the studio and studio based classes is combined with courses in art criticism, theory and history to provide a context of ideas for developing students’ visions. Frequent contact with faculty members and visiting artists exposes students to diverse viewpoints and practices.

The best of both worlds
UConn has the creative excitement and intellectual energy of an art school and a major research university combined. We are ranked in the top 100 graduate studio art programs in the country and we are ranked as a top-twenty public university nationally. We are a member of Universitas 21, a global network of leading research universities.

A nationally and internationally renowned faculty.
The members of our faculty have won major international honors and awards, from Guggenheim Fellowships and Fulbright Scholarships to Getty Foundation grants to National Endowment for the Humanities and the Arts Grants. They exhibit in major art centers globally, including New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Shanghai, and Sao Paolo. They publish books with premier academic presses – Yale University Press, Harvard University Press, the University of California Press. All of this knowledge, creativity, and professional expertise are available to you, every day, in and out of the classroom.

Visiting artists, field trips and exhibition opportunities.
Vital visiting artist program including artists, curators and critics as Roberto Lugo, William Villalongo, Marina Abromovic, Nari Ward, Megan and Murray McMillan, Ben Katchor, Shirin Neshat, Alfredo Jaar, Robert Storrs, and Petah Coyne. Extensive field trip opportunities to interact with artist, curators, and museum professionals in New York City, Boston, and other national art centers. The group M.F.A. Exhibition and student public talks take place at the William Benton Museum of Art on the UConn Campus. Following graduation, students present their M.F.A. Exhibition in June at a New York City gallery.

Generous financial aid and fellowship awards.
Fully funded program with graduate tuition waived, generous stipends given for teaching and gallery assistantships, and subsidized health insurance.

The success of our alumni.
Our graduates are exhibiting work nationally and internationally, have won major international honors and awards including Guggenheim Fellowships, Fulbright Scholarships, and state art council awards, teaching at colleges and universities across the United States, and working in museums and galleries, animation studios, design firms, and publishing houses.

Access to all the arts.
As the boundaries between the arts become ever more fluid, the School of Fine Arts makes it possible for you to study Music, Dramatic Arts, and Digital Media alongside Studio Art or Art History. The School of Fine Arts serves as an umbrella organization and incubator for cutting-edge interdisciplinary initiatives in the arts. UConn’s museums, galleries, and performance centers – including the Department’s own award-winning Contemporary Art Galleries – bring major international and national artists and performers to our campus.

MFA Curriculum

First Year

Semester 1
ART5310/Graduate Art Seminar /3cr.
ART530*/Graduate Studio Art (Major Studio Area) /3cr.
ART5383/Special Topics: Studio Process & Practice /3cr.
ARTH5370/Issues in Contemporary Art /3cr.

Semester 2
ART5310/Graduate Art Seminar /3cr.
ART530*/Graduate Studio Art (Major Studio Area) /3cr.
ART5383/Special Topics: Studio Process & Practice /3cr.
ART5340/Studio Art Instruction and Curriculum Planning /3cr.

Second Year

Semester 3
ART5310/Graduate Art Seminar /3cr.
ART53**/Elective Studio or Elective Area /3cr.
ART530*/Graduate Studio Art (Major Studio Area) /3cr.

Semester 4
ART530*/Graduate Studio Art (Major Studio Area) /3cr.
ARTH5383/Special Topics: Curatorial Practice /3cr.
ART53** or Elective Area/Elective Studio or Elective Area /3cr.

Third Year

Semester 5
ART530*/Graduate Studio Art (Major Studio Area) /3cr.
ART53** or Elective Area/Elective Studio or Elective Area /3cr.
ART5320/Issues in Art Criticism /3cr.

Semester 6
ART530*/Graduate Studio Art (Major Studio Area) /3cr.
ART5397/MFA Project, (Major Studio Area) [required final semester] /6cr.

How do I apply?

MFA Applicant

Admission to the M.F.A. program is highly competitive. Applications are reviewed in February for admission to begin study during the fall. There are no mid-year, spring term, or summer admissions. Five highly qualified applicants are admitted each year and offered renewable merit-based graduate teaching or research assistantships.

15 January

Deadline for submitting your online application and SlideRoom portfolio

Studio Art Graduate Applications

Requirements & Procedures

The Graduate application to the Art & Art History Department requires the completion of the University of Connecticut Graduate School application (Step 1) and the submission of your portfolio through the UConn Graduate SlideRoom (Step 2).

Step 1

Submission of University application

This step should be completed before submitting a portfolio to slideroom

Apply to UConn

Step 2

Submission of a portfolio

This step should be completed after submitting the University application in Step 1

Submit Portfolio

Step 1 Guidelines

The following list of documentation must be submitted with your application to the Graduate School. Do not submit these documents to the Art & Art History Department.
1. Unofficial Transcripts for any degrees earned to be submitted electronically (official transcripts are required if accepted into the MFA program);
2. The name, institutional affiliation, and contact information for three (3) recommenders to submit letters of recommendation electronically (Graduate School will contact the recommenders directly for the letters).;
3. A resume which lists your education, employment, and exhibition experience, including honors and awards;
4. A personal statement explaining your identified area of focus and any cross media interests you may have. Tell us your reasons for undertaking graduate work, your immediate aspirations and your goals for the future.
Note: There is duplication of information in the two sites. Please complete for each application site.

Step 2 Guidelines

The SlideRoom portfolio submission will require you to provide the following information prior to uploading your portfolio:
1. List the schools and degrees earned for which you will be submitting transcripts (Note: Transcripts are submitted electronically with your application through the Graduate School – Transcripts should not be sent directly to the Art & Art History Department.)
2. List the name, institutional affiliation and contact information of three (3) references who will be submitting written recommendations on your behalf through the Graduate School application.
3. Submit a resume including information on your education, employment, exhibition experience, honors and awards.
4. Indicate which one of the following media areas best identifies your intended major focus in graduate school:
◦ Painting/Drawing
◦ Printmaking
◦ Installation/Performance
◦ Photography/Video
◦ Sculpture/Ceramics
5. Submit a personal statement explaining your interest in your identified area of focus and any cross media interests you may have. Tell us your reasons for undertaking graduate work, your immediate aspirations and your goals for the future.
6. Upload your portfolio
Please note we DO NOT accept slides, CDs or DVDs. All portfolios must be uploaded with your Art & Art History M.F.A. Application through our SlideRoom.


The Art & Art History Department requires an on-site interview and tour for all top candidates as part of the Spring Semester review process for admission.

If you wish to visit UConn and the M.F.A Program before submitting your application, M.F.A. Graduate Student-led tours are available during the Fall Semester only.

Assistantships & Fellowships

To apply for an assistantship or fellowship, select ‘Yes’ after the appropriate question on the Graduate School application for admission. All applicants wishing to be considered for financial aid or graduate assistantships should visit the Graduate School’s Financial Aid page for more information.

More Information

Tours & Additional Information

Tours led by current graduate students are available during the Fall Semester only. Email the current graduate student representative to coordinate a visit.

For more information regarding the Graduate School application process, program requirements, or to access an application or apply online, please visit the Graduate School website.

For more information regarding the Art & Art History Department’s M.F.A. application process and program information, contact the Art and Art History office.

Studio Space

Kirby Mills

Graduate studios are located in Kirby Mill providing large studio spaces with exceptional light in which the grads work together within a sense of community. The Bishop Center Studios include stellar printmaking studios, screenprinting, letterpress and book arts. These studios are a center of creative energy featuring unparalleled resources. In the main Art Building, the Digital Arts Services Lab supports digital photography with state-of-the-art equipment, while graduate and advanced wet darkrooms offer traditional methods. The Ceramics Studios have recently been renovated and upgraded with the addition of new equipment. A Digital Arts Materials Lab has been established to support digital work in sculpture, printmaking, and other media.

MFA Work

Past MFA Exhibitions

2021 MFA Exhibition

Sour Milk


Current MFA Candidates

MFA Alumni