24 months
25200 USD/year
23544 USD/year
11720 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Art MFA program from Arizona State University provides artists with both a formal and a conceptual foundation in contemporary art. Situated in the context of a public research university renowned for innovation, students work closely with distinguished art faculty to develop the skills to produce culturally relevant work and sustain a lifelong creative practice. 

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In addition to the expansive curriculum, students benefit from visiting artist and scholar lecture series, professionalization workshops, teaching opportunities and pedagogical training. Students also supplement their arts curriculum by taking advantage of the vast resources afforded by a Research 1 university, engaging with world renowned researchers or taking courses in a variety of departments. The ASU Museum offers vital opportunities for students to learn from and connect with artists and curators.

The Art MFA program from Arizona State University  culminates in a solo thesis exhibition in one of the School of Art's galleries (Step Gallery, Northlight Gallery, Harry Wood Gallery). In addition to offering one of the most affordable MFA programs nationally, students benefit from various funding opportunities, including teaching assistantships as well as scholarships and awards supporting student travel and research. 

Current special initiatives in the School of Art, including the Global Art School Futures and Arizona Artists' Oral History Project, add dynamic opportunities for the professionalization, collaboration and immersive learning essential to being an artist in the 21st century.

Career Opportunities

Master of Fine Arts degree holders have the credentials necessary for teaching courses in their discipline at colleges and universities as well as entering the art market, working in art administration or other competitive creative fields. Graduates of this program also go on to start their own galleries or small businesses, exhibit at notable institutions, and are awarded prestigious grant and residency opportunities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Art of China 
  • Art of Japan 
  • Chinese Painting 
  • Dance, Culture, and Global Contexts 
  • Design Awareness 
  • Music in World Cultures 
  • Latinx Theatre and Film 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 ="A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  • graduate admission application and application fee
  • official transcripts
  • current resume or curriculum vitae
  • portfolio
  • statement of intent
  • three letters of recommendation
  • proof of English proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25200 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    23544 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23544 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    11720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11720 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Tempe Junction

900 - 1350 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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