MA/MFA Studio Art Program

Our highly selective graduate program is comprised of thirty graduate students coming from all regions of the United States and abroad

Accepted MFA students are provided with a private studio space and spacious, well-equipped common work areas and exhibition spaces. MA students are provided with studios when available, but generally should plan to make outside arrangements for work space. While areas of concentration are identified individually, the nature of the graduate art program at the University at Albany is interdisciplinary and pluralistic in character. Both Master of Fine Arts (60 credits) and Master of Arts (30 credits) graduate students begin by taking credits in an area of specialization (MA 12 credits; MFA 24 credits); Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Printmaking or Combined Media (which may include any combination of the above, plus Video, Digital Media or Performance).

M.A. Program Requirements (30 credits total)

  • 24 credits of Studio Art
  • 3 credits of Art History
  • 3 credits of General Electives

M.F.A. Program Requirements (60 credits total)

  • 48 credits of Studio Art, including a Departmental Seminar and Exhibition Thesis Project
  • 7 credits of Art History, including a Seminar in Contemporary Art
  • 5 credits of general electives

Teaching Assistantships and Financial Aid

Teaching Assistantships are awarded to MFA candidates only. Awards are given based on the quality of the applicant's portfolio and departmental needs. An assistantship stipend is approximately $4800 per year, a half tuition waiver, and a health insurance program. Graduate Assistants are obligated for 10 hours a week to assist faculty or to teach a class with faculty supervision Contact the Financial Aid Office (518-442-5757 or 518-442-5480) for complete information on financial aid/student loan opportunities.