Studio Art
Application Deadlines
Fall:February 1
Contact Information: 
E-509 HFAC, Provo, UT 84602-6414
(801) 422-2064
Program Requirements: 

The MFA in art, a terminal degree, is dedicated to generating artists with significant skills and understandings that can influence the discipline. In alignment with current trends in art, the program accommodates and nurtures students working in any medium or discipline, including but not limited to:  Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Ceramics, Sculpture, Photography, Video, Performance, Installation, Digital and New Media. Program requires 60 credit hours. 

Requirements for Degree.

  • Course requirements (60 hours)
    • Program of Study is required by Thanksgiving of the first semester.
    • Art Theory
      • Art 626: Current Art Practice (3)
      • Art 695R:  Theory-Based Directed Studies (6)
      • Elective:  take 3 credit hours from an approved 300-400 level 3 Art History, Philosophy - or Theory-related course on campus (3)
    • Art 640:  Business Practices (2)
    • Art 619R: Studio Methodologies Seminar (4)
    • Studio emphasis (30 hours) 
      • From Art 680R: Studio Methodologies and/or 694R: Special Problems .
    • Electives (6)
      • BYU course(s) 300 or above
    • Art 699R: Thesis (6 hours).
    • Participate in two travel study activities.  
    • Participation in one per year off campus exhibition (proposed, invitational, or competitive)
    • Time limitations: the degree is a two-year program and must be completed within five years. After two years of residency there is no guarantee of financial assistance or studio privileges.
    • Evaluations: Near the end of each Fall and Winter semester during a student's enrollment, the full faculty will conduct studio reviews of the student's progress without the student present.  Until a student's Final Project Proposal is approved by their Graduate Committee, Full-Faculty Reviews are held to determine whether candidates are progressing satisfactorily in the program, and if the student is making full use of their studio space.
    • Oral defense and examination of final project: the candidate must engage his or her committee for the oral defense after installation of the final project and completion of the final project report. Defense must be scheduled at least two weeks prior.
    • Final project: to be produced and exhibited in the format of a solo exhibition.
    • Final project report: candidates will submit a written final project report.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests


Additional Requirements

1.  Portfolio of 20 pieces should be submitted on

2.     Baccalaureate degree or equivalent in art with 20 hours of upper-division course work and 12 hours of art history

3.     Artist statement - 250 words or less

        a. Your statement should directly address the conceptual concerns behind your work, and how those concerns have driven the making process.

4.     Letter of Intent - 1 page.

        a. Describe why you specifically selected BYU's MFA Studio Art program for furthering your education. 

        b. You should write about which department of art faculty you would like to work with, and why you have selected these specific faculty members.  We understand that this may change after admission

        c.  Please outline how you hope to develop and evolve as an artist through the Studio Art MFA program at BYU.

5.     Resume

Program Outcomes: 

Art Historical Context

Students will examine art past and present through required on and off campus learning experiences, and will locate their work within this larger context.

Final Thesis Project

Students will create a body of work that meets the requirements for the MFA Final Thesis Project including a project proposal, project report, and exhibition of a cohesive body of their work, which meets the expectations of a MFA degree.

Spirituality, Ethics and Art

Students will critically examine spiritual values and ethical issues relevant to art.

Professional Preparation

Students will demonstrate an awareness of and preparation for teaching opportunities and professional studio, gallery, museum and other art-related work.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 8
International 2
Female 4
Non-White 2
BYU Undergraduate 3
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 2.8
Graduated Per Year 3.5
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 14.0
Admitted Per Year 4.0
Percent Admitted 28.57
Average GPA 3.59