M.A. On Campus

Art Studio

James Madison University

24 months
1184 USD/credit 17760 USD/year
1184 USD/credit 17760 USD/year
466 USD/credit 6990 USD/year
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The MA in Art Studio program is offered by James Madison University aims to support artistic growth beyond the level of the baccalaureate.  


Although the goals for the M.A. reflect those of the M.F.A., the M.A. degree is viewed as an option for studio study, which does not result in a terminal degree in the visual arts.


  • To develop and improve artistic skills in two- and three-dimensional art.
  • To promote the candidate's ability to develop ways of individual inquiry.

The Art Studio program of study at James Madison University includes 15 hours of studio in the applicant's area of interest, six hours of art history, three hours of contemporary art theory and six hours of elective credit. Near the end of the program of study, the candidate must produce an exhibition of his/her graduate artwork, a slide or CD portfolio of the exhibition (to be retained by the university) and written statement clarifying the student's work, its development and its cultural and historical references. An oral comprehensive examination, generally in conjunction with the exhibition and closely related to the written statement, will also be held.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Art Theory
  • Modern Art Since 1945
  • Art History
  • Art Theory and Criticism
  • Graduate Integrative Seminar
  • Criticism of Art

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An artist statement of 500 words or less explaining your principle ideas and motivation engaged in the artwork submitted in your portfolio
  • Brief statement of purpose of 500 words or less explaining why you wish to study studio art at the graduate level
  • Portfolio of between 10 to 15 items
  • Three letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    17760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    6990 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 466 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Harrisonburg

1050 - 1715 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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