Studio Art (MFA)

Department of Art and Design

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MFA in Studio Art - Overview

Located just 14 miles from New York City, The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Art at Montclair State University is a 60-credit program designed to prepare students for careers as practicing professional artists. Comprised of a diverse group of students who share in a vision to explore, synthesize, innovate and create, the rigorous MFA program is a full-time, two-year in-residence program that fosters opportunities for critical discourse in an environment where individuals can collaborate or work independently and make meaningful contributions to contemporary culture.

The MFA in Studio Art addresses the needs of students preparing for careers in the contemporary art world -  whether  as professional artists or in conjunction with college-level teaching or working in a cultural administration capacity.  The MFA at Montclair State is unique in its interdisciplinary approach: unlike traditional MFA programs that require students to choose a particular studio concentration such as painting or photography, Montclair's program recognizes that contemporary artists tend not to be bound by singular modes of art making but often work concurrently in multiple forms and media.  The program allows students to work in any single or combination of studio areas provided they relate to the student's ongoing project. This gives the student access to a more diversified faculty as well as interdisciplinary/contemporary ideas.

Studio areas include painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, papermaking, filmmaking, video art production, photography, ceramics, fiber forms, jewelry/metals, and multi-media. The program further includes specific interdisciplinary courses such as Site Specific Work that allows students and faculty to explore concepts not rooted in a specific genre.  Full-time students generally complete the MFA in two years, the period for which they are assigned private studios on campus.

The MFA program features an exclusive art gallery for student use; spacious work areas and private studios; Professional Lectures' Series including Art Forum; Visiting Critics; and opportunities to exhibit in New York.


Questions regarding the MFA program may be addressed to: Program Assistant Louise Davies, or program co-coordinators Dr. Andrew Atkinson and Professor Julie Heffernan or call (973) 655 4074.

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