University of South Florida

School of Art & Art History

USF College of The Arts

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art

Maximize your potential in a course of study carefully designed for in-depth investigations of your chosen artistic ideas, themes and/or media. Develop and refine techniques that best communicate the content of your artistic pursuits.

Program Overview

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The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree at the University of South Florida’s School of Art & Art History is an idea-centered program that encourages broad media exploration, interdisciplinary projects, and engagement with current theoretical and cultural issues.

Nationally ranked, our program provides a dynamic atmosphere with ongoing opportunities for dialogue with the faculty, other graduate students and a world-class program of visiting artists, critics and scholars.

Our MFA students enjoy individual studios that provide both privacy and access to learn from one another, with twenty-four24 hour- access to facilities.

We provide generous financial assistance packages, including graduate assistantships with stipends, tuition waivers and the opportunity to teach courses, assist professors — or work alongside some of the most notable artists today at USF's Graphicstudio and Contemporary Art Museum. We also offer fellowships, full scholarships and annual research and travel awards specifically for our graduate students.

Located in Tampa, Florida, students pursue their MFA amidst a cosmopolitan, multi-ethnic city in an urban area with a population of more than three million. Rich with experiential raw material for art-making, outstanding museums and alternative exhibition and performance spaces, Tampa also beckons you to the lively nightlife of historic Ybor City and the relaxation of nearby beaches. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the school’s field trips to New York, plus study abroad in Paris through our Summer Art Program or join any of USF’s international exchange programs.

Areas of Study

MFA students have the option of focusing their studies in one particular discipline or learning in any combination of areas of study available at USF.

Opportunities for MFA Students

Exhibition opportunities are plentiful at USF for all students, as is exposure to national and international practicing artists. Visiting artists lecture several times per semester and meet with students. The Kennedy Family Artist in Residence brings new artists and art historians to teach and add to the opportunities for USF students. Graphicstudio and the Contemporary Art Museum host internationally acclaimed artists as well as top quality exhibitions. Students travel regularly to the Miami art fairs, as well as to New York, Paris, London, and Venice. Tampa has a lively art scene, including a number of museums and impressive alternative spaces.

Our students frequently participate in and are awarded scholarships to prestigious residency programs including Vermont Studio School, Skowhegan, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Yale-Norfolk, and others.

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