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Art, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #826 (BCR) , TX,
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Art is organized within a two- dimensional and a three-dimensional structure. Our students specialize in drawing, ceramics, painting, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, photography, design, installation, performance, or mixed media.


The MFA in Art requires the completion of a total of 60 semester hours of course work, which includes 33 hours of studio courses; 24 hours must be taken in the student’s area of concentration; 9 hours will be taken in a minor studio area. 

The student must take 12 hours of art history courses and 3 hour seminar, ART 6383, The Art Profession. 

The final semester includes Art 7300, Graduate Exhibition and Art 7301 Graduate Paper on Art 7300, Graduate Exhibition and Art 7303 Graduate Thesis. In addition, graduate students must complete six hours of graduate level university electives.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Art Profession
  • Art History Seminar I: Topics in European Art
  • Art History Seminar II: Topics in American Art
  • Art History Seminar III: Topics in Latin American Art Prior to A.D.
  • Art History Seminar IV: Topics in Latin American Art Since A.D.
  • Topics in Art History
  • Art History Seminar V: Topics in Viceregal Latin American Art
  • Art History Seminar VI: Research Methods in Latin American Art and Architectural History
  • Advanced Studies in Art History and Criticism

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 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).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field, with a minimum of 60 hours of art at the undergraduate level.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  • Personal statement detailing artistic direction and professional goals.
  • Three  letters  of  recommendation  from  professional  or  academic sources.
  • Submission of  20 digital  images of recent works in major area of concentration with label information (Title, Medium, Size, Date).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31796 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15898 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    15196 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7598 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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  • 882 - 1640 USD/month
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