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MA- Art  (MA-ARS)  Studio Art Emphasis
MA- Art  (MA-ARV)  Visual Communication Emphasis

MFA- Art  (MFA-ARS)  Studio Art Emphasis
MFA- Art  (MFA-ARV)  Visual Communication Emphasis

The Department of Art offers graduate courses leading to the MA and MFA degrees. Students may pursue these degrees in the areas of ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, small metals, and mixed media. Students wishing to pursue graduate work in communication arts, commercial photography or non-traditional media may do so by working out a program of study in consultation with the department head, Graduate Coordinator and appropriate members of the art faculty. In conjunction with other departments it is possible, too, to devise a program of interdisciplinary courses that includes art history and art criticism. Students in the graduate program work closely with members of the faculty, and each student's course of study is individually designed for his or her educational and professional objectives. While any student admitted to the Graduate School may enroll in graduate art history courses, those wishing to enroll in studio or lab courses must apply to and be admitted by the Department of Art as well as by the Graduate School. Admission as a graduate student in studio art or photography thus requires separate applications to the Graduate School and the Department of Art. In the latter instance the student will provide a completed application (available upon request) that includes a statement of intent, letters of recommendation, and a sleeve of at least 20 slides representing his or her undergraduate work. (Official transcripts are not required by the Department of Art since they are sent under separate cover to the Graduate School.)

Departmental Website

Letter of Recommendation Form

Required Documents for Admission

Admission Consideration Requirements for All Students

  • Apply Texas Application
  • Application fee:  $50 domestic student 
  • All official transcripts - Bachelor's degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor's degree.  Any master's degree transcript or transcripts with graduate coursework (if applicable).
  • One (1) Letter of Recommendation
  • Statement of Intent 

  • Resume(Vita)
  • Art Portfolio Website Link: send link in a Word document to the Graduate School: or electronically upload Word document to your myLeo application file

Additional Admission Consideration Requirements for International Students Only

  • Application fee, $75.00, US dollars (this may be paid online when you apply)
  • Bank Statement from the sponsor, must reflect a balance of at least $26,024.82 USD (must be less than 1 year old)
  • Official sponsor statement
  • Official transcripts (with a copy of the provisional certificate or diploma)
    For more information on official transcripts, please click here and read FAQ question:  What transcripts do I submit for my admission?

  • English Proficiency:

    • Official TOEFL report (IBT at least 79, or CBT at least 213, or PBT at least 550), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Official IELTS report (at least overall 6.00 band), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Official PTE report (at least overall 53 or higher), scores must be less than 2 years old,
    • Official Duolingo report (at least overall 105 or higher), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor's degree or higher degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university.

Application Packet Submission Deadline:

Domestic student applications are accepted throughout the year.

International student applications (including all required documents and for programs that are not fully online) have the following deadlines:

Fall admission consideration:          June 1

Spring admission consideration:     October 15

Summer admission consideration:  March 15