Master of Fine Arts

Master of Fine Arts

Memphis College of Art offers five different Master of Fine Art degrees: MFA in Illustration, MFA in Metals, MFA in Painting/Drawing, MFA in Photography, and MFA in Studio Art. These are two-year programs and considered the terminal degree for the studio disciplines. The graduate programs allow students to explore and develop the critical and conceptual framework of their professional practice with the support of advisors, mentors, and elective studio classes.

All MFA graduate students are provided a private studio in our Nesin Graduate School in Midtown Memphis across the street from Rust Hall. Facilities include state-of-the-art equipment for traditional and contemporary art practices.

Every MFA graduate student receives a scholarship based on the portfolio and application materials submitted during the application process. In addition to the scholarships, MCA has a number of graduate assistantships that will allow students to work for the college and receive tuition remission. Our Teaching Assistantship Program allows students to be the instructor of record in an undergraduate course and gain experience in the classroom.

MCA Faculty

Graduate Faculty at MCA fulfill a critical role in providing constructive criticism and guidance for MFA graduate students in the form of conceptual, aesthetic, and technical council. These dialogues occur at a series of levels including regular meetings throughout the semester with the individual candidate, formal Mid-term critiques with the candidate’s committee, and Final Critiques with the Graduate Faculty and all Graduate students in attendance.

To assist with their visual and conceptual development, the graduate students work closely with their committee—two graduate advisors and the area head of their program. These advisors are members of the Memphis College of Art faculty and local, independent artists. The advisors are an intentionally diverse group, both in terms of media and professional practice. The range of perspectives and commentary will give the graduate students the broadest possible range of information and feedback. Instruction blends rigorous group critiques with personal and informal interaction between faculty and students. The diverse and frequent critical discussion strengthens each student’s personal vision and the development of their verbal and written communication skills.

For more information about MFA programs or its faculty, contact O. Gustavo Plascencia, Director of MFA program.

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