M.F.A. Requirements

The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Art is the terminal degree in the field of studio art. UTSA is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The emphasis of the M.F.A. program is on conceptual development and its harmony with formal aesthetic and art historical considerations. The objective of the degree is to provide advanced study in the field of art in preparation for a career as a practicing artist, in higher education, or as a professional in other art enterprises. Students in pursuit of the M.F.A. in Art have the opportunity to study in a wide range of disciplines including: ceramics, painting/drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video/digital.

Program Admission Requirements. In addition to satisfying the University-wide graduate admission requirements, applicants are expected to have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or the equivalent. Equivalency is defined as completion of a minimum of 45 semester credit hours in studio art and 15 semester credit hours in art history as part of, or in addition to, a bachelor’s degree.

Application. The Graduate application for the M.F.A. is available online at www.utsa.edu/graduate/. A complete application includes the following:

  • application form
  • personal contact information
  • educational background
  • transcripts
  • a statement of intent concerning graduate school
  • an artist’s statement about the applicant’s work
  • three letters of recommendation (forms printable from the online application).
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required as part of the application for the M.F.A.

Portfolio. The portfolio is the most important part of the application for admission. Applicants should submit 20 images that best exemplify their most recent creative work. Do not send original works of art. Portfolios may be submitted as twenty 35mm slides with an attached sheet listing titles, dates, dimensions, and media of each work or as a CD PowerPoint presentation with the same information. Video should be submitted on DVD labeled with titles, dates, total running time. No more than fifteen minutes will be reviewed. Please do not use adhesive labels on CD/DVD discs—label with permanent marker.

The portfolio must be submitted directly to: Graduate Advisor of Record, The Department of Art and Art History, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249.

Deadlines for receipt of portfolios are:

Application for the Fall Semester:  February 1

Application for the Spring Semester: October 1

Note: Due to the format of studio laboratory art courses, auditing is not permitted.

Degree Requirements. A minimum of 60 semester credit hours is required for the Master of Fine Arts degree, exclusive of coursework or other study required to remove admission deficiencies. Full-time enrollment of 9 or more semester credit hours during regular semesters is expected of degree-seeking students. In addition to satisfying all University-wide requirements, M.F.A. students must pass a First Semester Review, a Candidacy Review, and a final M.F.A. Oral Examination. Courses in which a grade of “C” or lower is earned will not count toward the minimum 60 hours required for the M.F.A. degree.

Current Graduate Catalog 
Current Course Descriptions 

Advisor of Record
Richard Armendariz, Assistant Professor of Art

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