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How Much Does an MFA in Studio Art Cost?

 
 average costMedium: MAs Average $13,800 a year at Public Universities; $36,300 at Private Universities. 
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A Master of Fine Arts in studio art allows intensive work in an area of concentration, such as painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, photography, ceramics, metalwork or jewelry making. It takes two to three years to complete an MFA program.

Typical costs:

  • Tuition and fees for a master's degree program average $6,900 a semester at public universities and $18,150 a semester at private universities, according to the National Center for Education Services[1] .
  • A two-year master's degree program would run $27,600-$72,600 and a three-year program would be $41,300-$108,900.
  • According to USNews.com, the top three fine arts schools[2] are the Rhode Island School of Design, with tuition and fees of $66,2
  • A few schools offer a low-residency MFA program, with only occasional campus visits scheduled each semester; the rest of the work is done at the student's home, with communication with faculty by computer. Tuition and fees run approximately $33,100 for two years in the low-residency studio art MFA program at The Art Institute of Boston[3] .
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What should be included:
  • Admission to a studio art MFA program typically requires a slide portfolio with samples of the student's artwork as well as a personal statement of purpose. During the program students attend graduate seminars in art history and theory as well as sessions critiquing their artwork, but the core of most MFA programs is the time spent working in the studio.
  • Graduation generally means completing a written thesis, mounting a thesis exhibition and successfully completing an oral review. An MFA degree qualifies graduates to teach art at the college level. The Princeton Review presents basic information about studio art MFA programs .
Additional costs:
  • The cost of art supplies, books and other materials can run $1,500-$2,500 or more each year. San Francisco Art Institute estimates its MFA students spend $2,125 annually on supplies.
  • Health insurance is included in the tuition cost for some schools, but can be an additional $800-$2,000 a year. Many fellowships or assistantships include health insurance.
  • Living expenses vary by location, so check individual school websites for estimated local costs.
Discounts:
  • Most studio art MFA programs offer their students strong financial support in the form ongoing fellowships or grants, teaching assistantships and partial tuition waivers, as well as loans. Check with a specific school to find out what sort of support is available.
Shopping for an mfa in studio art:
  • The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts maintains a database of US Ceramic Education Programs.
  • A list of graduate and undergraduate sculpture programs[4] is offered by The International Sculpture Center.
  • Find out how many and which faculty members work in the area of interest, such as painting or ceramics, and what they've accomplished. Determine how much contact MFA students have with faculty or visiting artists.
  • Search GradSchools.com for a state-by-state listings of graduate programs in fine arts[5] . In selecting a particular school, find out who is on the faculty and what they have accomplished as artists, what access you'll have to faculty members, what graduates of this program have accomplished.
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External Resources:
  1.  nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d07/tables/dt07_323.asp
  2.  grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools
  3.  www.lesley.edu/PageTemplate.aspx?id=8486
  4.  www.sculpture.org/edu_programs/programSearch.php
  5.  www.gradschools.com/programs/art_finearts.html
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