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Degree Requirements


Financial Assistance






Richardson, William C., Full Member

Associate Professor

Buck, Audra, Full Member

Craig, Patrick M., Full Member

Elahi, Hasan, Full Member

Humphrey, Margo, Full Member

Kehoe, Patrice I., Full Member

Klank, Richard E., Full Member

Morse, Brandon, Full Member

Ruppert, John, Full Member

Sham, Foon V., Full Member

Thorpe, James G., Full Member

Assistant Professor

Collis, Shannon, Full Member

Strom, Justin, Full Member

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Art Studio (ARTT)   

Program Title and Classification

Art Studio

Graduate Degree Program

College: Arts and Humanities


The Department of Art offers a program of graduate study leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree. The program emphasizes independent and interdisciplinary work. The Graduate Faculty consists of 15 active professional artists specializing in a range of studio and post-studio practices, including painting/drawing, sculpture/installation, printmaking, digital and time-based media. The program is small and competitive, and most students receive support in the form of graduate fellowships and assistantships, which include teaching and after-hours studio monitoring.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • CV/Resume
  • Digitial Submission: 15-20 digital images, website/software or videos/videos documentation indicative of current artistic practice, uploaded to, $10 supplemental application fee

To apply to the MFA Program applicants are encouraged to complete the Graduate School application available online at Applicants are also required to pay the requisite appliation fee.

For admission to the graduate program, The Department of Art requires an undergraduate degree with a major in art from an accredited college or university, or its equivalent. A minimum of 30 credit hours of undergraduate work in studio courses and 12 credit hours in art history courses is recommended.

The MFA Degree is the final degree in studio art. Only the highest level of undergraduate artistic achievement is appropriate for graduate application. The Department of Art seeks students who have developed coherent bodies of work that are personal and focused. This body of art work, as professionally documented on CD’s, Videos or websites is the primary basis for admittance.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
17 Jan
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
17 Jan

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Thesis option only: 60 credits required

ARTT 698A: Directed Graduate Studies in Studio Art (5 credits)

ARTT 698B: Directed Graduate Studies in Studio Art (6 credits)

ARTT 699A: Directed Graduate Studies in Studio Art (7 credits)

ARTT 699B: Directed Graduate Studies in Studio Art (4 credits)

ARTT 768: Graduate Colloquium (12 credits)

ARTT 798A: Directed Graduate Studies in Studio Art (5 credits)

ARTT 798B: Directed Graduate Studies in Studio Art (6 credits)

ARTT 799: Master's Thesis Research (9 credits)

Art History or Art Theory electives (6 credits)


Candidates for the Master of Fine Arts Degree must complete a program that consists of 60 credit hours. These 60 credit hours are distributed as follows: 30-33 credits in Studio; 0-3 credits Teaching Internships; 6 credits in Art History/Art Theory; 12 credits in Graduate Colloquium; and 9 credits in Masters Thesis Research. Graduate Reviews, with committees made up of Graduate faculty members, take place at the end of each semester. Each MFA candidate in his/her final semester must select a thesis advisor and a thesis committee. Students must present their artwork in a Thesis Exhibition, usually installed in the Art Gallery at a designated time near the end of the spring semester. Students must also develop a written component to the Thesis (These have varied in length from five to 50 pages), and present an oral defense of the Thesis to the Thesis committee.


Facilities and Special Resources

Each MFA student is provided with 24-hour access to an individual studio. Each studio is approximately 400 sq. ft. The studios are adequately ventilated and meet industry standards in safety. General sculpture facilities include: Approximately 2200 sq. ft. wood shop; approx. 2200 sq.ft. steel fabrication studio; approx. 1500 sq. ft. foundry w/indoor furnace plus outdoor furnace for iron casting. There is space within the building, and outside on the grounds, for sculpture and installations. The printmaking studio (screen, intaglio, relief/litho, digital) is approximately 3000 sq. ft. There are also approx. 8000 sq. ft. of undergraduate painting and drawing studios. Digital media features up to date Macs, large format printers, a CNC router, laser cutter/engraver, and two maker-bot 3D printers. The department encourages multi-media and interdisciplinary approaches to technology.

Within the building housing the Department of Art, there are two galleries and two libraries. The University of Maryland Art Gallery, an independent unit that works closely with the Department of Art, features national and international contemporary and historical exhibitions as well as faculty and annual MFA Thesis shows. The Herman Maril Art Gallery is a student organized gallery that features student exhibitions, lectures, special projects and a space for social activities. The Art Library, separate from the large research libraries on campus, has an outstanding collection of books, catalogues, periodicals and reproductions, all indexed on computer and CD ROM systems.

Financial Assistance

The Department offers eight teaching assistantships and one fellowship. A number of Graduate School Fellowships are also available. Applications should be submitted by January 16 for consideration for a graduate assistantship or fellowship.

Contact Statement

The Department of Art website, provides a lot of information for prospective students. For further information, contact:



Danielle M. Curtis,MFA Administrative Assistant

Department of Art

3834 Camous Drive Rm. 1211E Art/Sociology Building #146
University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-1445


Prof.Justin Strom , Graduate Director

University of Maryland College Park: Department of Art

3834 Campus Drive Rm. 1211E Art-Sociology Bldg #146

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: (301)405-1445


Associated Information


Drawing; Painting; Printmaking; Sculpture; Digital Media and New Media