Studio Arts, Master of Fine Arts

Fall Admissions Deadline: March 1st
Spring Admissions Deadline: October 1st

The Studio MFA program comprises 8 full-time faculty members as well as a significant number of rotating adjunct faculty. Our faculty prides itself in valuing each artist’s deep individuality. A non-discipline-specific approach is used in preparing students for careers in the visual arts. The students’ command of the overall process of creating and communicating through a body of work, and the ability to sustain that over a lifetime is the primary focus.

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A non-discipline-specific two-year studio program: Only here at ccny

The MFA in Studio Art ranked among the best graduate fine arts programs in the country - US News & World Report

Recent alums have participated in programs and residencies including Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Lower East Side Printshop, and more

Solo thesis exhibition mounted in the Art Department’s spacious gallery in the fourth semester

City College is a nominating school for the annual Joan Mitchell MFA Grant Program and the Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship

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Student Info

The Studio MFA is a culturally diverse and close-knit student body. Alongside New York native’s The Studio MFA program attracts students from around the world. Recent student’s hail from The Dominican Republic, Iran, Egypt, Venezuela, The Philippines, France, Japan and China among many other nations.  Many students go on to have celebrated careers in the arts exhibiting at both National and International museum venues. They have started galleries, organizations and publications and teach at both undergraduate and graduate level.

Faculty Info

The studio MFA program comprises an outstanding faculty, with expertise in a wide range of mediums and approaches to art making. Current faculty exhibition history includes: MIT List Visual Arts Center, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Brooklyn Museum, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The MoMA New York, The Whitney Museum of American art,  The Tate Modern, The New Museum of Contemporary art in New York, The ICA Philadelphia, The Seji Togo Museum of Art, Japan, The Whanki Museum in Seoul South Korea, Museo Michoacan Mexico, The Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna, The Reina Sofia, Madrid, The International Film Festival Rotterdam MIT List Visual Arts Center, The Bronx Museum of the Arts,  Among many others.

Studio Arts, MFA Curricular innovation

Curricular Innovation

A truly non-discipline program. The Studio MFA overlaps classes with its sister MFA program, DIAP, (Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice) which allows studio MFA students to take Digital based classes and vice versa. Electives studio classes are decided based on current student focus and interests. Recent offerings range from painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, performance, fibers and printmaking.


Admissions Facts

The Master in Fine Art, (MFA) in Studio Art is a 60 credit program, which prepares students to be professional studio artists who contribute to the contemporary dialog in art through exhibiting their work. 

One recent graduate has been featured in group exhibitions at Rod Barton in London, the Willumsen Museum in Fredrikkssune, Denmark and at Almine Rech in London. Their work was first featured at Zither Smith Gallery in the the group show, Hope Despite the Times, which led to a well received solo show at Zither Smith.

Another recent graduate, did a collaborative project exhibited in the Venice Biennale, The Museum of Modern Art and MoMa.

The ideal student may have a BFA, BA, or BS degree in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, installation, intermedia, multimedia, performance art, or related field from an accredited institution. Candidates should have a substantial number of undergraduate credits in art, preferably at least twenty-eight credits or the equivalent in studio art, and twelve credits or the equivalent in art history.  Exemptions from these requirements may be made at the discretion of the Departmental Graduate Committee and the Divisional Dean.

Additional Requirements:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Portfolio: portfolio of creative work judged acceptable in quality by a faculty committee
  • Applicants may be asked to appear for a personal interview by the departmental Graduate Committee
  • GRE Required: No
  • Minimum Language Test Scores: 90 - 91 (TOEFL IBT), 7 (IELTS), 61 (PTE) or 110 (Duolingo) 

Program Advisor: Professor Carl Fudge
Professor Thomas Thayer

For more information, please visit the Program Website.

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Last Updated: 12/05/2023 15:31