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The Department of Art, Architecture and Art History, STUDIO ARTS Program offers two graduate degrees: the M.F.A. Degree in Studio Art, and the M.A. Degree in Art Education.


The M.F.A. program in Studio Arts is intended for students who are committed to becoming professional artists and who want an intensive, full time, 60-credit hour, in-residence preparation for a career in art. The program is organized to be completed in three years. The graduate program in Studio Arts is interdisciplinary. We accept students on the basis of their work and we do not operate under the rubric of discrete disciplines for graduate students. Applications are accepted and reviewed once a year, with a deadline of February 2, 2015.

Application Guidelines
Only work completed within the last three years should be included, and at least half (10) should be work made in the last twelve months.

The following specific instructions must be strictly adhered to regarding the submission of your application.

Fill out an application to the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Graduate School
, where you will:

1. Upload your resume or CV to the application as requested
2. Upload your Personal Statement to the application as requested
3. Upload an Artist’s Statement as a piece of “other relevant information”
4. Upload your letters of reference

5. Portfolio: Please submit 20 images using our Slideroom page.


To schedule a visit to the Department, or to answer any questions, please contact:

Professor Shona Macdonald
Graduate Program Director 




The MA in Art Education provides students opportunities to advance their practice as artists, teachers and researchers.  Students in the MA Art Education program have two options:  Option 1 is a program for candidates who have completed an undergraduate degree in Art (or the equivalent based upon faculty review) and who wish to teach visual arts in preK-8 and 5-12 public schools at the Initial licensure level.  Option 2 is a program for candidates who are currently licensed to teach art and wish to pursue an advanced degree in Art Education with an emphasis on research and extended study in studio arts, art history, education and Art Education.

The MA Art Education licensure program is accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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