Fine Art (MFA)

Fine Art (MFA)

The Master of Fine Art program provides students a framework for advanced study in drawing and painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Students are focused on technical and conceptual development in figurative, abstract or landscape work. The School of Fine Art provides graduate students with studio space, exhibition galleries, and world class facilities.


Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

Available Online

Major Classes

FA 600 Figure Studio Major/3
FA 601 Drawing Major/3
FA 604 Figurative Painting Major/3
FA 605 Landscape Painting Major/3
FA 606 Still Life Painting Major/3
FA 609 Painting Major/3
FA 626 Chiaroscuro Major/3
FA 630 Color Theory Major/3


Unit Requirements

Major Coursework Units
Major Coursework 30
Directed Study 18
Electives 6
Graduate Liberal Arts 9
Total 63

Degree Requirements


  • Successful completion of Final Thesis Project.
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units.
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and the following Academic Study requirements:
    1 Art Historical Awareness & Aesthetic Sensitivity course
    1 Cross Cultural Understanding course
    1 Professional Practices & Communications course

Additional Information

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

MFA Thesis Project

  • Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree
  • Demonstrate the feasibility of the thesis project
  • Produce a body of professional-level artwork warranting a professional gallery exhibit, demonstrating personal vision, rigor and cohesiveness in style, group and concept

Visual Communication

  • Work with appropriate skill in a chosen medium or mediums.

Planning and Conceptual Development

  • Conduct project-related research
  • Explore ideas and articulate concepts.
  • Choose appropriate materials and techniques to support concepts.

Critical Analysis

  • Critically evaluate personal work using objective criteria: describing facts, analyzing composition, interpreting content, and judging results.

Communication Skills

  • Give clear and concise professional presentations (verbal and visual).
  • Professionally present ideas in writing.

Professional Readiness

  • Produce a gallery-ready professional portfolio.
  • Produce professional promotional materials.

Specialty Skills: Printmaking

  • Demonstrate proficiency in relevant printmaking techniques
  • Demonstrate editioning skills

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
  8. Engage with a variety of communities beyond the classroom through internship opportunities, study abroad programs, athletics, student interest clubs as well as collaborative, civic and pro bono projects.

*Semester plans are subject to change at any time. Semester breakdowns displayed are suggested and additional options are available to help customize your educational experience. Speak to an admissions or student services representative for more information. Please see our catalog for more details at:

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