The Master of Fine Arts Degree Program is a three-year program that culminates in a thesis exhibition in the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, MSU. Designed as an intimate and intensive program, MFA candidates develop a mature body of work in one of five Studio Art disciplines – Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Printmaking, or Sculpture. Students are encouraged to develop aesthetic and conceptual awareness, perceptual and creative problem–solving skills, and informed judgment in a learning environment that values the development of personal vision, critical inquiry, and philosophical reflection.
Through its many activities including student exhibitions, Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series, and outreach events, the Department of Art, Art History, and Design is a hallmark of engaged and active learning. An incubator of creativity and innovation, the visual arts contribute significantly to the cultural life of our community, inspire a stewardship of our built and natural environment, internationalize our perspective on issues, broaden our framework of understanding, and increase our capacity to think beyond convention.