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The MFA program at Washington State University is a three year program that encourages an interdisciplinary approach to making and thinking.

Graduate students meet regularly with a range of faculty members for group and individual critiques. Visiting Artist and Scholars also meet with graduate students three of four times a semester. At the end of the second semester, MFA students participate in a first year review show in Gallery 2 with one other grad student. The thesis exhibit takes place during April of the third year and is held at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU. There is an art history/theory seminar each fall semester and a practical seminar the spring of the first year.

Students are assigned private studios and have 24 hour access to the art building, which is located near the center of campus.

The MFA program includes between 10 and 16 MFA students.

Teaching assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis by the faculty and College. Most teaching assistantships include a full tuition waiver (once in-state status is granted), about $13,000 in an annual stipend, and health insurance.

Many (but not all) teaching assistantships include teaching responsibilities as teacher of record for one class per semester. Additionally, 11 hours of service work per week is required of each teaching assistant. Smaller MFA scholarships that range between $1,000 and $8,000 are available annually. In 2014, over $200,000 of assistantships and scholarships were awarded to MFA students.

WSU accepts applications to the MFA program once a year. The deadline for applications is January 15 for a Fall admission.

For information on how to apply to the Master of Fine Arts program, please visit

Additional questions about the Graduate Program can be directed to the department’s Graduate Coordinator, Reza Safavi (



The arts are vital to cultural expression; they enrich our lives while challenging and broadening our views of the world. The Fine Arts faculty foster an educational environment that encourages creativity, individual growth, and meaningful expression.

We provide interdisciplinary approaches to the practice of art and the study of visual culture: students have the opportunity to put their ideas into form while becoming visually literate, historically grounded, and familiar with the diversity of arts and cultures worldwide. Students are encouraged to develop their own personal ideas and aesthetic expression in light of contemporary issues and practices.

Students begin their studies in fine arts with courses introducing them to a range of materials and ideas in two and three-dimensional media as well as the history of art in western and non-western civilizations. Students then choose to focus in one or more of the following areas of study: Art History, Ceramics, Digital Media, Painting & Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture.

Degrees offered: minor; B.A. (in Fine Arts and Art History); B.F.A.

For more information regarding the Undergraduate Program and how to apply, please visit

Additional questions can be directed to the department’s Program Coordinator, Krista Brand, (