24 months
39248 USD/year
23082 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Pennsylvania State University School of Visual Arts offers the degree of Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Art, a 60-credit graduate program supporting artistic work, academic inquiry, and creative investigation in the areas of ceramics, drawing & painting, graphic design, new media, photography, and sculpture. 


Headed by a dedicated faculty of internationally acclaimed artists, the Art program offered at Pennsylvania State University is recognized for emphasizing excellence in the study of visual art and fostering artistic production that engages critically with contemporary culture.


By creating a rigorous yet supportive environment in the context of a major public research university, the program encourages expansive growth and innovative collaboration in studio practice.

The regular interaction between studio and classroom creates a close-knit intellectual community that furthers critical thinking and creative connectedness.

As the transformative power of art in today’s society continues to evolve, the Penn State School of Visual Arts encourages artists to address contemporary social and cultural issues through creative production.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Portfolio Design and Professional Practices
  • Art and Life: Where They Intersect
  • Museum Studies
  • Seminar in Contemporary Art
  • Performance Art
  • Integrating Media: Convergence in Practice
  • Advanced Web and Net Art: Multimedia Publishing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

All applicants must submit:

  • A portfolio of his/her work to illustrate his/her preparation for graduate study. A portfolio of slides, rather than actual work, is required. A selection of no fewer than twenty examples should be presented. The majority should be in the area of the applicant's interest.
  • A statement of professional aims. This statement should include the applicant's intentions for his/her proposed study. Some indications of his/her philosophy, beliefs, and goals in regard to education and art should give evidence that he/she is prepared to undertake the work outlined for the Master of Fine Arts program.
  • Three letters of reference attesting to the applicant's scholarship and ability to work independently.

Tuition Fee

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    39248 USD/year
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  • National

    23082 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23082 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for University Park

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

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


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