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.