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Master of Fine Arts

Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 60
Entry Terms: Fall and Spring

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA Art) degree program promotes interdisciplinary research and allows artists and designers equal access to the full breadth of fine art and design studios and faculty in the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art. Join an environment of scholarly practice, research, and creative activities where you are charged with surpassing your previous art achievements by evolving a fresh conceptual premise into a body of artwork relevant to today’s contemporary art world.

As a terminal graduate degree in Art, the MFA Art program prepares you to become a leader in visual art, professionally and in higher education. As a graduate of the program, you can pursue higher education teaching or professional art leadership roles. 

Scholarships for Graduate students consist of Graduate Assistantships and Graduate Teaching Assistantships (TA2) which include a tuition waiver and stipend.

Each student in the MFA Art program is provided with a spacious studio space on the Statesboro campus.  Our faculty and facilities support painting, drawing, printmaking, jewelry & small metals, graphic design, graphic communications management, sculpture, ceramics, animation, and digital fabrication.  Department technology includes; a photography studio with green screens, SLR digital cameras, Mac and PC computer labs, plotters and printers, 3D powder printer in the Arts Building and a plasma cutting table, biometric sawtop table saw, foundry furnace and gas forge, and nine different types of kilns in the Ceramics & Sculpture Building. 

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The MFA degree prepares students for professional careers as practicing artists and designers, for positions as studio art professors in higher education, or for work in other Arts-related fields requiring advanced study in studio arts. Georgia Southern’s MFA degree program guides graduate students toward competence in specific art media while addressing that, in contemporary art, the boundaries of various disciplines often consciously cross when relevant to student conceptual and production goals.

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Work

The MFA degree program at Georgia Southern offers concentrations in Studio Art or Graphic Design. Each degree consists of graduate-level courses in studio, art history, and theoretical disciplines. The full-time, residential program requires a maximum of three years for completion. The program culminates with an MFA thesis exhibition, demonstrating professional-level competency, accompanied by a written support thesis reviewed by a graduate thesis committee. Formal faculty reviews of student work are conducted throughout the semester to guide students forward in completing their degree requirements.

MFA students are offered studio space to create and develop their artwork. The BFSDoArt also offers many graduate assistantships and graduate teaching positions to help cover tuition, fees, and supply costs. These assistantships also provide valuable work experience which gives the Department’s graduates a valuable edge in their career goals.

Gallery of MFA Studio Work

Graduate Work

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MFA Graduate Faculty

Art History / Theory
Dr. Tiffanie Townsend
Studio Art

Jeff P. Garland, Dr. Jason Hoelscher, Elsie Howington, Melissa Huang, Christina Lemon, Matthew Mogle, Marc Moulton, Norton Pease
Graphic Design
Jason Murdock, Ed Rushton

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Last updated: 4/11/2022