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Get your Master of Fine Arts Near Chicago

Governors State’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Art is a dynamic multidisciplinary terminal studio arts degree designed to further the individual development of artists and to provide them with professional competency in the studio arts. Areas of concentration at GovState include: Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

At GovState, areas of study are taught by faculty who are practicing art professionals with a national exhibition record. Together our exceptional Studio and Art History faculty help make GovState one of the most comprehensive, flexible, and affordable studio art programs in the Chicagoland region.

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Reach Your Career Goals

The MFA in Studio Art is a terminal degree that will make you a competitive player within the arts. Your graduate degree will prepare you to pursue a career as a professional artist, arts administrator, museum worker, entrepreneur, or educator.

Delivery Format

Full-time students (9 credits) should expect to spend three academic years to complete the MFA degree (60 credits). A majority of courses are offered to accommodate working students. Part-time enrollment is accepted. The program is based on the individual’s area of interest and undergraduate training and is jointly planned by the student, professional advisor, and a professor who serves as mentor to the student. Students present a solo MFA thesis exhibition at the end of their final year.

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Gallery Spaces

Each academic year, the Visual Arts Gallery and on-campus art spaces present over 30 exhibitions; an exhibition schedule that welcomes research projects, experimentation, and diverse topics.

MFA Students Embrace Research Through:

  • Regular group trips within Chicagoland to the world’s finest museums and galleries
  • MFA Graduate Student Biennial Exhibit
  • Yearly Graduate Reviews
  • Research Day Presentations
  • Dynamic Multimedia Graduate Seminar
  • Graduate Assistantships

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Apply online for MFA: Studio Art

Additional Application Requirements:

  • A portfolio of 20 works 
  • Letter of intent 
  • Resume/CV 
  • Transcripts 
  • 3 references

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Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline April 1 For Fall admission, October 1 for Spring admission (applications are reviewed as needed outside of the priority deadline). 

 For more information, please contact: 

MFA Advisor:  Bryce Johnsen or

MFA Program Coordinator:  Leanne McClurg

<b>Full Program Requirements</b>

Full Program Requirements

You can find the complete guide to graduation requirements for your degree in our catalog.

<b>Program Faculty</b>

Program Faculty

Our favorable faculty-student ratios ensure lots of individual attention from our dedicated faculty members.

<b>How to Apply</b>

How to Apply

If you are ready to take the next step, you can create an account and apply here, or simply request more information about the programs of your choice.

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Cost and Financial Aid

Our tuition estimator helps you calculate your cost of attendance. Our Financial Aid Office is dedicated to helping you find ways to fund your education.



At GovState, many scholarships are available and can make your education even more affordable!

<b>All Academic Programs</b>

All Academic Programs

We offer many options for undergraduate degrees and minors, and even several 5-year programs that lead to completion of a Masters degree as well!

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On-Campus Residence

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