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Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts – MFA

Application Deadline for Fall 2022 – February 1, 2022

A Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Arts is a production-oriented, studio art program directed toward individual development. The curriculum is designed for maximum flexibility to accommodate both those seeking advanced training in a particular studio area and those whose interests may involve more media cross-over. Graduates of the program will be prepared for careers as professional artists. The MFA is the terminal degree in Studio Art.

A Bachelor’s degree in art or equivalent is required for all applicants to the MFA program. Applicants are required to electronically submit a portfolio of their works for review by a departmental committee. The department utilizes the GetAcceptd.com portal for the portfolio submissions. Applications and Portfolio deadline is February 1st. Admission is once a year, with Fall semester entry.

Degree Program Hours: 60

FIU Graduate School Admissions – Apply Online

Summit MFA Portfolio via GetAcceptd.com

For a complete list of requirements visit the MFA Plan of Study: MFA Plan of Study

To download a PDF copy of the MFA Handbook click here MFA Visual Arts Handbook 2021 Revised 1/21/2021

For a complete list of requirements and courses, visit: Graduate Art + Art History Course Catalog 21-22

*For a complete list of Graduate Faculty in the Department of Art and Art History, please go to Gradschool Graduate Faculty

Applications and Portfolio deadline is February 1st.

Admission is once a year, with Fall semester entry.

Applying to the MFA in Visual Arts is a two-step process….

FIU Graduate Admission Application:

First Step: An online FIU Graduate Admission Application must be submitted first – Apply Online . The following are required :

    • Successful completion of the bachelor’s degree in art or equivalent
    • Certified college transcripts
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation – professional or academic

**International and all applicants with an undergraduate degree in a foreign language: TOEFL score of 550 paper-based/80 internet-based is required.

**The Department of Art + Art History does not require GRE test scores.

Portfolio Requirements:

Second Step: Upload the following to GetAcceptd (separate nominal fee charged by GetAcceptd):

      • Written statement of intent: creative work and goals for development while in the program (no more than 500 words)
      • Portfolio that includes 20 images (300 dpi, jpeg format)
      • CV
      • Summit MFA Portfolio via GetAcceptd.com

Portfolios are reviewed by a committee of faculty members. Once admission decision is made, applicants will be notified shortly after.

Degree Requirements


The MFA requires 60 semester hours of course work at the graduate level to be distributed as follows:

ARH 5805 Critical Studies in the Visual Arts 3
Art History Electives 9
ART 5907C Directed Study 3
ART 5910C Research 2
ART 5938C Art Pedagogy 1
ART 5939C Graduate Art Seminar I 3
ART 6939 Graduate Art Seminar II 3
ART 6971 Graduate Prospectus & Exhibition Preparation 3
Tutorial Instruction in Studio Practice 18
Tutorial Instruction in Studio Electives 15

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Art + Art History or the FIU University Graduate School:

Department of Art + Art History
Florida International University
VH 216, Modesto A. Maidique Campus – Miami, Florida 33199
Tel: (305)-348-2897

David Y. Chang
MFA Director
Department of Art + Art History
Office: 305-348-2897 Email: changd@fiu.edu

Christopher Rodriguez Barake
Coordinator of Academic Support Services
Department of Art + Art History
Office: 305-348-6648 Email: crodri@fiu.edu

University Graduate School
Modesto A. Maidique Campus, MARC 240
11200 S.W. 8th Street Miami, FL 33199
Phone: (305) 348-2455 | Fax: (305) 348-3433
Email: ugs@fiu.edu Website: gradschool.fiu.edu