Studio Art (MFA)

Professor critiquing art

Low Residency, High Content

USF’s new Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art program will prepare you for the next step in your career as an exhibiting, teaching, or community artist. The low-residency structure provides the best of both worlds: a strong community of artists to guide and inspire you, along with the autonomy of working in your home studio.

Your creativity and perspective will be challenged throughout and you will graduate with a terminal degree and a portfolio of work that shows the technical and conceptual mastery of your chosen media.

Highly-individualized Learning

Throughout the MFA program, you will receive personalized attention from a faculty mentor — someone who knows your goals and inspires success.

The MFA curriculum blends established forms of studio arts with new approaches to art making. In addition to four eight-day residencies, the program includes a strong foundation in advanced studio practice, theory, and art history.

How it Works

Each semester starts with an intensive eight-day residency, which is the only time students are obligated to be on campus, followed by independent studio work.

Residency: During the 8 days, you will develop your academic plan and become integrated with USF’s community of artists. In addition, you will benefit from:

  • One-on-one meetings with faculty and visiting artists
  • Critiques with faculty, peers, and art professionals
  • Career planning seminars, workshops, and discussions
  • Participation is workshops and teaching opportunities
  • Studio visits

Studio Work: After the residency, you will create art in your own studio, using the media and methodology of choice, under the direction of a faculty artist mentor and an art historian.

I felt so supported at USF, like I was part of a family and we were all working together. The faculty understand and support us. They are all working artists with creative practices, so seeing how they get into shows and exhibits showed us how to proceed. They also provide great feedback and push us to grow and think of our work in new and different ways.

Rebecca Stockert ’08, M’13
professional artist and adjunct instructor

On-Campus Facilities

During your residencies, you will have access to the School of Creative Arts’ topline studios.

Faculty Experts

Our MFA faculty are professional artists and educators, all of whom are actively creating, exhibiting, or writing about art. They are connected to galleries and museums around the country and world.

Visiting Artists

All residencies include workshops, presentations, and exhibitions by renowned visiting artists like photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair, who delivered the keynote at our inaugural 2018 residency.

Gallery Exhibitions

USF is home to 5 galleries — and your work will be exhibited in your final semester!

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Program Director

Monika Meler, MFA
260-399-7700 ext. 8015