It integrates creative work with academic research, international study with regional community engagement, and theoretical grounding with skills development. All MFA students are required to reach beyond the cultures of art and design to develop robust engagements with one or more fields of knowledge and inquiry at the University of Michigan. Within this framework, the program offers two tracks — scholarly or studio-focused – to meet the individual needs and interests of students.

Students conduct their creative work in spacious, fully equipped studios in an outstanding university community with a culturally and resource rich environment. The Stamps School offers generous merit-based financial support to graduate students, from stipends and discretionary funds that offset studio expenses to teaching/research assistantships and full tuition waivers.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to thrive in a variety of public and private roles and become cultural leaders in a rapidly changing global culture.

MFA Degree Requirements

MFA students complete 15 credits of coursework per semester for a total of 60 credits at the completion of the two-year program. In addition, all students are required to have a three to five week International Project during the summer between their first and second year.

The curriculum is designed to accommodate a range of art practices, from studio-based inquiry to more scholarly, research-focused work.

  • Directed Studio Courses
Directed Studios are the core of the MFA program. Each semester, students engage in at least six credit hours of intense exploration, research, production, and critique of their individual creative work, in close collaboration with their Stamps faculty advisors.
  • Elective Courses
Students choose Elective courses to meet their individual MFA curriculum goals: they can pursue additional studio courses to emphasize "making" and studio practice, or select academic courses to achieve a hybrid "maker/scholar" focus (learn more about these tracks below).
  • Seminars
Every semester, students participate in graduate Seminars, including seminars in “Research Methods” and “Professional Practice” and other topics related to contemporary art practice.
  • History/Theory/Criticism Courses
MFA students take six credits of History/Theory/Criticism, choosing courses to support their field of inquiry. These classes may be offered by Stamps School, History of Art, or other units across the university.
  • International Project
MFA students are required to participate in a Stamps School-approved international experience. The School supports a three- to five-week international experience for all MFA students during the summer between their first and second year. The experience will culminate with a project that will be shared with the Stamps community.

USA requirements for international students

Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


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