Master in Fine Art

Academy of Art University

Program Description

Master in Fine Art

Academy of Art University

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.

MFA Fine Art Unit Requirements

  • Major 27 units
  • Directed Study 18 units
  • Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units
  • Electives* 6 units

TOTAL 63 units

*Per director approval

MFA Fine Art Degree Requirements

  • Successful completion of a Final Thesis Project
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units

MFA 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

Visit to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status.

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Last updated September 27, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
Full time
935 USD
Start date Sept. 2017
USA San Francisco, California
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Price 935 USD
per unit - 3 units per class.