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Master of Fine Arts in Art

Local / Global / Artist / Citizen




Program Overview

Cullowhee - WCU Main Campus

Full-Time, Residential

12 Candidate Cohort

3-year, 60-credits

App Deadline: February 1st

National Visiting Artist Program

Virtual Open House

Saturday, November 20, 2021: 10-11am

Join us at one of our upcoming virtual Graduate School Open House events on Zoom! You'll have the opportunity to learn more about Western Carolina University,  understand the Graduate School application process, and meet key program representatives.

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About the Program

The MFA @ WCU provides a deep residential experience for independent creative research and discovery in studio art. Our program is structured as a fluid inter-disciplinary program where students are encouraged to explore, make and engage.

The School of Art + Design houses excellent facilities in Ceramics, Painting/Drawing, Photography, Printmaking + Book-Arts and Sculpture.

For questions or to arrange a visit of the department during the academic year (September – May)please contact:

Tom Ashcraft, MFA Director, or 828.227.7210


MFA Feature of student work in an installation piece



  • Inter-disciplinary + Traditional Study
  • Studio Space with 24-hour Access
  • Assistantships and Financial Aid
  • National Visiting Artist Program
  • Well-Equipped Facilities
  • Beautiful Location


Visiting Artist Program

Recent visiting artists have included: 

Ann Hamilton
Mark Mothersbaugh
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Clare Twomey
Kevin Snipes
Selena Kimball
Conor McGrady
Lee Walton

Chakaia Booker
Raven Chacon
Georgia Deal
Michael "BirdCap" Roy
Lucian Perkins
Hoss Haley
Del Harrow
Beverly McIver

Discover our MFA STUDENTs WORK

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