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MFA Degrees

Master of Fine Arts Graduate Program Highlights:


Student to Faculty Ratio – With an exceptional student-to-faculty ratio the graduate program is a close-knit community of artists positioned alongside all the resources provided by a Big Ten setting.


Assistantships & Fellowships – The Department of Art, Art History, and Design, the College of Arts & Letters, and Michigan State University offer competitive opportunities for Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships that cover registration, tuition, and provide health care plans.  Additional monies are awarded for research, travel, and summer teaching opportunities. 


Multi-disciplinary Study – Our program is designed to allow concentration in an individual discipline within a multi-disciplinary environment where exploration and experimentation across media are welcomed.


Studio Facilities – Graduate students receive 24-hour access to studio space, a well-equipped woodshop, a professional lighting studio for the documentation of student and personal artwork, and two digital labs, and a print lab with large format printers.  Graduates may also take coursework in Electronic Art and Intermedia as well as access the Form From Thought Laboratory (FFT Lab) housed in the Kresge Art Center.  The FFT Lab includes state-of- the-art electronic fabrication, prototyping, and sculpture tools such as a laser cutter, 3D laser scanner, and router.    


Research Facilities – The Visual Resource Library (VRL) collection of over 160,000 images and a developing digitized collection available online provides support for graduate artistic research and development of classroom resources.  Additional research facilities include the Michigan State University Fine Arts Library found in the main library on campus, the MSU Museum, and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.


Exhibition Facilities - The Department of Art, Art History, and Design houses two galleries for expanded exhibition opportunities for graduate students.  Additionally, graduates have access to two installation / project spaces in the Kresge Art Center.  Master of Fine Arts students in their final year of study are provided show space in the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University for their MFA Thesis Exhibition.


Guest Lecture Series:  Held annually, the Guest Lecture Series invites approximately twenty prominent artists, scholars, and critics to campus.  Associated events include public lectures, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, and studio visits with graduate students. 


Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University: The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is the art museum of Michigan State University. Also an engaged public institution, the Broad MSU is a contemporary museum devoted to the exploration and exhibition of significant art from around the globe. This international focus is also supported by the contextualizing of contemporary art within the history of art by virtue of our historical collection. The Broad MSU is a place where artists’ ideas, words, and actions create a vibrant center for questioning and understanding the modern world.

Dedicated to experimentation and study, the Broad MSU is a laboratory for the new, grounded in a deep appreciation for the historical. With a historic collection containing objects from the Greek and Roman periods, through the Renaissance, and on to the Modern, the Broad MSU is unique among contemporary art museums in its ability to frame the broad range of contemporary art practices within a firm historical context.

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, the museum features a striking facade of pleated stainless steel and glass, signaling the museum and the university’s dynamic vision. More than 70 percent of the 46,000-square-foot facility is dedicated to exhibition space. The museum is named for Eli and Edythe Broad, longtime supporters of Michigan State University, who provided the lead gift for the museum.

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michgian State University offers enhanced resources and opportunities provided for art students.  Includig the annual spring MFA Thesis Exhibition that takes place galleries located inside the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.