MFA in Studio Art

MFA in Studio Art

University of Oregon

Sarah Mikenis, Everything We Always Wanted, 2014.
Oil on canvas, 48 x 42 inches.
December 2, 2014
MFA in Studio Art

Application deadline: January 5, 2015

University of Oregon
Department of Art
5232 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5232

The University of Oregon’s MFA in Studio Art is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for serious and engaged contemporary art practice. The program is focused on the development of creative practice and research in an interdisciplinary context.

Students are encouraged to work across disciplines, with focus in areas of sculpture, photography, painting, printmaking, digital arts, ceramics, fibers, and jewelry & metalsmithing. The curriculum combines disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary thinking, and students work closely with faculty members from every media area through graduate reviews, independent studies, and interdisciplinary courses.

The MFA program is a three-year period of rigorous studio investigation, critical discourse, and conceptual development. Emphasis is placed on developing a course of study tailored to the needs of the individual student, while encouraging exploration and risk-taking. The program supports a thorough engagement with the processes and principles that are fundamental to each student’s discipline, as well as an informed awareness of issues and practices within the larger art community. Developing fluency in critical discourse, analysis, and writing are important parts of the MFA program, which culminates in a yearlong terminal project and group Thesis exhibition.

Approximately 30 students constitute a tight-knit community of MFA candidates. MFAs have frequent contact with internationally active faculty members, regional and visiting artists and curators, and other relevant art professionals. Working intensively in independent studios on the Eugene campus, students benefit from the context of a world-class research university in the compelling Pacific Northwest. Awarded annually, Graduate Teaching Fellowships provide opportunities for significant financial support, as well as teaching and professional experience.

More information
Department of Art Lecture Series
Architecture and Allied Arts Facebook page

Application timeline
Completed applications due January 5.
Phone interview with finalists will be held after January 5.
In March, the final accepted candidates will be notified.
GTF assignments will be made in June.

Online application here.

Graduate Admission
5232 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5232
T + 1 541 346 3618
[email protected]

Art faculty
Carla Bengtson, Diedrick Brackens, Tannaz Farsi, Brian Gillis, Craig Hickman, Colin Ives, Anya Kivarkis, Jenny Lin, Sylvan Lionni, Charlene Liu, Euan Macdonald, Christopher Michlig, Donald Morgan, Dan Powell, Jack Ryan, Michael Salter, Rick Silva, Ying Tan, Laura Vandenburgh, Kate Wagle, Terri Warpinski, Amanda Wojick

Art adjunct faculty
Mike Bray, Rebecca Childers, Isami Ching, Colleen Choquette-Raphael, Alison Ho, John Park, Jan Reaves, Jessica Swanson, Ty Warren, Courtney Kemp

Art History faculty
Nina Amstutz, Joyce Cheng, Keith Eggener, James G. Harper, Ocean Howell, Maile Hutterer, Jeffrey M. Hurwit, Charles H. Lachman, Jenny Lin, Kat Mondloch, Richard A. Sundt, Akiko Walley

Recent visiting artists and scholars
Cory Arcangel, Olaf Breuning, Bruna Espisito, Harrell Fletcher, Dan Graham, Rodney Graham, Dave Hickey, Natalie Jeremijenko, Mary Kelly, Barbara Kruger, Miwon Kwon, Helen Molesworth, Catherine Opie, Amanda Ross-Ho, Larry Sultan, Jan Tumlir, and Andrea Zittel. For archived footage of recent lectures, visit the Department of Art’s UO Channel.


About the University of Oregon School of Architecture & Allied Arts
The School of Architecture and Allied Arts is one of six professional schools at the University of Oregon with degree programs in Eugene and Portland. We’re a learning community renowned for academic excellence and innovative studio-based education.

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