Fine Arts - Art


Why study Fine Arts - Art?

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is a two-year interdisciplinary studio program with specialization in the areas of two-dimensional studies (painting, drawing, printmaking), three-dimensional studies (sculpture, ceramic sculpture), and media studies (photography, electronic art). The primary goal of graduate education in the visual arts is professional excellence and interdisciplinary work is supported. 

The program is housed in excellent facilities which include: individual studios for graduate students and studios for etching, lithography, relief printing, silkscreen, metal fabrication, ceramics, metal casting, sculpture, digital printing, darkroom work, electronic art and video, wood working, rapid prototyping, and figure drawing and modeling. Three galleries are connected to the school and college, and these showcase student work, thesis work, faculty work, and visiting artist work.

Scholarships, graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships, travel fellowships and research grants are available. The School of Art sustains an active visiting artist program and offers additional programs/courses in professional practice, art history, art education, theory, and museum studies. Cincinnati’s dynamic art community and institutions such as the Contemporary Art Center and the Cincinnati Art Museum offer many other resources and opportunities for students.

Admission Requirements

The completed application should be received by January 15th for the following fall.  Applications are accepted through June 15th but scholarships and assistantships may not be available after the January 15th deadline.

Application Requirements:

  • University Graduate Application
  • Application Fee of $65. There is a $5 surcharge for international applicants, permanent residents, and foreign nationals.
  • Unofficial transcript(s) from all colleges/universities attended. NoteOfficial transcripts are not required during the admissions process, and only unofficial transcripts are required for the application. Applicants should not send official transcripts until they are offered admission. For complete requirements, please visit the Graduate School transcript requirements.
  • Resume or CV
  • 3 letters of recommendation. Recommenders should be people familiar with your academic and professional abilities. The recommenders you list in your online application will receive information via email about submitting their recommendation letter online. Please ask them to provide the following information:
    • who they are and their relationship to you
    • why they think you will succeed in the Graduate Fine Arts Program at the University of Cincinnati
    • On a scale of 1-10 how suited is this applicant for our MFA program?
    • What reservations do you have if any about their application?
    • Do you see potential for this applicant to teach within our program? If so where (foundations, 2D, 3D, photo and new media)?
  • Artist’s Statement. Include a statement (up to 500 words) describing the long-term goal to be met by graduate study.  Include the following:
  • Portfolio:
    • Image List with title of work, date of work, dimensions, and if applicable, materials
    • As one pdf portfolio: Twenty (20) images. Images should be no more than 1 MB each, at 72 dpi. 
    • Between two and six works in digital imaging,, animation, sound, video, interactive, game design, coding or other new media artforms. Time-based work should be limited to a combined total of ten minutes or less. Samples may be submitted via USB or URL (preferred). Only work in which the applicant has played a major role in the project should be submitted. Please attach a brief statement about each work in your image list, including an explanation of your role in making the piece.
  • Proof of English Proficiency (International Students only: submit directly to UC from the testing agency, use university code of 1833)
  • GRE or GMAT tests are not required.

Mark Harris Director, MFA Program



Application Deadlines

The completed application should be received by January 15th for the following fall. Applications are accepted through June 15th but scholarships and assistantships may not be available after the January 15th deadline.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

As part of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, the Art History program and Fine Arts program are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD).

Contact Information

School of Art
PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-2962

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Program Code: 23MAS-FAA-MFA