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Painting, Sculpture, New Media, Master of Fine Arts

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #41 (ARWU) , IL,
The MFA degree prepares students for participation in a broad range of professional contexts, from gallery exhibition and art commission, to curating, publication or activism. Our graduates often also seek teaching positions in post-secondary College and University settings, and typically accrue some teaching experience to this end by serving as instructors in our undergraduate programs.


The Studio Art (MFA) program supports diverse forms of specialized research within a common environment of artistic production and critique. Guided by specialists in a variety of traditional and experimental forms, each MFA candidate develops a body of work in the context of expansive discussions about art's aesthetic, social, economic and political dimensions. Specialization through thesis research prepares students to work in contemporary fields of art wherein medium-specific histories present secondary (though important) concerns within a broader exploration of art's evolving functions and forms.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Art
  • Typography
  • Product design & Development

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    64 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Upload the following:

  • Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation:  Three letters of recommendation are required.
  • Resume
  • Statement of Intent
  • Writing Sample

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27412 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27412 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    27412 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27412 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    12688 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12688 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Urbana

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Many of our MFA students are funded, and we have teaching opportunities available. Funding is made possible by Graduate Assistantship appointments and by awarding students with grants and fellowships, given out by the School of Art + Design, and by the University of Illinois Graduate College. Our Graduate Assistantships are 9 month appointments, require 10 hours of service per week, include a total stipend of $8,140.50 (for the academic year), and come with a full tuition waiver, and a partial campus fee waiver (leaving about $500 per semester for the student to pay). This waiver package alone has an estimated value of $29,000.

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