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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The Fine Arts program is offered by Washington State University. Emphasis is placed on personal and conceptual artistic development in light of contemporary art practices. Graduates meet with faculty for one-on-one studio discussions. 

All graduates will be able to:

  • An ability to solve open-ended problems/challenges of artistic expression.
  •  An ability to analyze the working methods of artists and the results of their efforts in a diverse and disciplined way.
  • An ability to communicate effectively through their artistic practice. Students should be aware of and engaged in a thorough way with art history, critical theory and visual culture in a  way that considers a broad cultural awareness considering both local and/or global issues in order to make critical judgments about contemporary are while gaining a deeper  understanding of their own personal values.
  •  An in-depth understanding of the visual arts, art history, critical theory and visual culture, sufficient to prepare them to move into a professional career in the arts, including essential  concepts and theories of studio production in a variety of disciplines, with a sophistication and refinement especially in a major field.

By the end of the program, Students will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate awareness of context, audience, purpose, and the presented artwork. Use appropriate and relevant content to develop and present ideas. 
  • Demonstrate consistent use of credible, relevant sources to support ideas. 
  • Demonstrate delivery techniques (posture, gesture, eye contact, and vocal expressiveness) make the presentation interesting, and speaker appears comfortable.
  • Teaching at the college/university level
  • Professional Artist
  • Curatorial/Gallery work

Programme Structure

First year students have an exhibition in the departmental gallery and the second year program culminates in a thesis exhibition held in the Museum of Art. A final oral examination and a thesis document are also required. The degree requires 57 graded credit hours and 5 credit hours of thesis work (FA 700) totaling 62 credits.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    If you are applying after January 10 or July 1 (priority deadlines), you will want to contact the department to see if they is still accepting applications.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

All M.F.A. applicants must comply with the requirements for admission to the Graduate School as specific in the Graduate Studies Bulletin. “Undergraduate degrees (BA, BFA, BS, BEd) differ in disciplinary credit distribution and educational emphasis. 

In order to compensate for these differences in the studies (both undergraduate and graduate) leading ultimately to the MFA degree, the following combined (undergraduate plus graduate) semester credit totals are recommended: art studio, 100; history of art, 

Other requirements:

  • A statement of intent indicating your area(s) of focus.
  • Current cv or resume
  • Please upload your supplemental MFA portfolio of exactly 20 images.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12596 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12596 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    5880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5880 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Pullman

  • 904 - 1510 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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