Master of Fine Arts

If your goal is a future as a professional artist or graphic designer, or you hope to teach studio art at the university level, the program at Radford University is the program for you. The Master of Fine Arts degree lets you concentrate in painting, drawing, photography, graphic design, jewelry and metalworking or ceramics, and features small classes, opportunities to work closely with your professors, and an accomplished, international faculty.

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Admission Requirements

  • Artist's statement indicating philosophy, goals, individual artistic vision, and preferred media/area of concentration
  • BFA in studio art or a B.A. in art or graphic design, including at least 18 credit hours in upper level studios and 12 credit hours in art history
  • CD or electronic portfolio with 20 recent works (in one document)
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 overall
  • Two letters of reference


  • Nov. 1 for consideration for spring semester admission
  • April 1 for consideration for fall semester admission

M.F.A. in Studio Art Degree (60 hours total, including 30 credits in graduate-only courses)

Core MFA courses (9 hours; entirely online)

ART550/DSN550 International Art History
ART555/DSN555 International Art History II
EDET619 Instructional Design and Evaluation

Studio Art Concentration, Course Requirements (51 hours)

Graduate level courses in area of concentration (2-D or 3-D) - 30 hrs
[ART600 or ART605 may be repeated for credit with changing emphases]
ART702. Studio management- 3 hours
ART611 Critical writing in art - 3 hours
ART electives - 9 hours
ART699 Research and thesis - 6 hours
[A thesis exhibition and written thesis, followed by a defense, are required of all students]