Art – Graduate Degree

Degree Offered: Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

Departmental Web Site: ART- M.F.A.

Program Description: The terminal degree in studio art, the MFA at WCU is a 3-year, 60 credit inter-disciplinary graduate studio art program. Throughout the 3-year course of study towards completion of the degree students' work in close association with a full-time faculty of professional practicing artists developing a contextual and historical awareness of their art practice. The program requirement for graduation is; 36 hours in the studio core, 9 hours of art history/theory/criticism, 3 hours of teaching methods, 6 hours of thesis and 6 hours of electives. Candidates must provide a written defense of a solo thesis exhibition and pass an oral examination.

Location of Course Offerings: On-campus in Cullowhee

MFA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Admission Requirements:
You must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be considered for admission. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

No GRE is required
Graduate School Admission Requirements

MFA Program Admission Requirements

• Minimum of 3.00 GPA in their undergraduate major. Students are expected to have a minimum of 9 credit hours of undergraduate art history/philosophy of art and to have completed minimum of 30 credit hours of undergraduate studio course work. Candidates must commit to fulltime study. Minimum 12 semester hours of credit may be granted for work previously completed at the master's level (transfer credit.)

In addition to the above requirements, a campus visit and interview with the M.F.A. Coordinator is strongly recommended.

Application Instructions:

1. Submit the following via the SlideRoom online application process. There is a small processing fee for SlideRoom services.

    • Statement of Intent
    • Three letters of recommendation from appropriate academic or professional references
    • Transcripts
    • Portfolio - Please see SlideRoom for complete instructions
    • A resume/cv is optional

 2. Submit an application through the WCU Graduate School online application system, “Apply Yourself

    • Complete the application form (general information)
    • No additional supplemental information needs to be submitted through the Apply Yourself application process. 

Please do not mail any materials to the School of Art and Design.

Application Decisions and Acceptance:

All decisions made by the Graduate Review Committee of the School of Art and Design is final. Please be assured that each applicant receives thorough consideration by every member of the committee. All aspects of the application will be reviewed, including the slide portfolio, statement of purpose, academic strength, art related background, and recommendations.

After admissions materials are reviewed, top applications will be interviewed via phone or video conference (Skype, Google Hangout, etc.) in late-February. Final candidates will be determined after the interview process, and admission decisions will be announced late-March.

Upon acceptance of admission, the student should notify the School of Art and Design and schedule an appointment to meet with the Graduate Program Director and make initial plans for a course of study. This may be done by phone or upon arrival prior to the beginning of the semester. General information is available from the Graduate Program Director. Studios will be assigned early August. Check with the Graduate Program Director after this time to obtain assignment.

Application Deadline - February 1

Graduate Program Director:
Tom Ashcraft, M.F.A.


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