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MFA in Art

Our three-year MFA program places emphasis on the conceptual and material understanding of creative practice and also on the significance of visual art within the broader social and historical contexts in which it is made. Coursework is designed to balance studio time with critical inquiry that takes advantage of the research university environment.

Our program places major emphasis on creative artistic work of high quality. We promote not only the conceptual and technical education of the professional artist in artistic practice, encouraging critical inquiry, excellence, and an understanding of the history of art, but also an experimental approach toward each media. Learn more about our four areas of study in art.

Check your progress with the Art MFA Degree Requirements worksheet.  (Video Transcript.)


The Twin Cities metropolitan area boasts one of the most vibrant and diverse arts communities in the US. Internationally renowned institutions such as the Weisman Art Museum, Walker Art Center, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as well as numerous local galleries provide inspiration, resources, and exhibition opportunities.


Graduate students are eligible for research funds that support national and international travel. The department has numerous international partnerships and residency programs with peer institutions abroad and is continually expanding these connections.

Studio Space and Facilities

MFA students are provided with studio spaces in Regis Center for Art with generous workspaces, natural light, and access to departmental facilities The Regis Center houses state-of-the-art facilities in sculpture, foundry, ceramics, digital fabrication, imaging and editing, printmaking, drawing and painting studios, photography labs, and digital moving image studios.

View full MFA requirements.

Graduate Minor

To declare a minor, any current graduate student at the University of Minnesota can add a minor to their PDF icongraduate degree planby completing a PDF icongraduate student petition form. This form must be signed by the art department Director of Graduate Studies, and submitted to the Graduate Student Services Office.

See the Art Graduate Minor planning worksheet.

View full graduate minor requirements.

Information Sessions

Learn more about the MFA program at an information sessions. All sessions are in the Regis Center for Art East, 405 21st Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55455, in the Main Office, room E201. Please RSVP to

  • Monday, October 21, 2019 from 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Friday, November 15, 2019 from 9:00am - 10:30am
CLA’s Graduate Programs Office offers graduate students access to funding resources, health and supportive services, diversity initiatives, and other valuable information.