24 months
838 USD/credit 25140 USD/year
838 USD/credit 25140 USD/year
404 USD/credit 12120 USD/year
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The Art - Fine Arts at Illinois State University offers graduate assistantships to candidates for the Master of Fine Arts program.


About this Degree

The Art - Fine Arts at Illinois State University is a 60-hour program that emphasizes both theory and practice in the production, history, and teaching of the visual arts. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate artistic proficiency in at least one of the following disciplines: painting and drawing, sculpture and expanded media, printmaking, video, ceramics, photography, or glass.

The Wonsook Kim School of Art offers students an excellent faculty, extensive facilities, and individual graduate studio spaces. Just two hours south of Chicago, the Wonsook Kim School of Art offers easy access to the vibrant museum and gallery environment of the city. In addition, the on-campus University Galleries' active exhibition schedule and a full schedule of visiting artist residencies and lectures provide students with a vital critical survey of contemporary art.

Each MFA student mounts a solo exhibition in the student gallery, Transpace, in partial fulfillment of their MFA requirement and can participate in multiple group exhibitions in the University Galleries during their time in the program. The school provides a supportive atmosphere fostering an active studio practice, rigorous intellectual inquiry, and the development of a mature body of work.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Masters Of Fine Arts Seminar

  • Master Fine Arts Exhibition And Supportive Statement

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
  • have a minimum 2.8 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • present unofficial transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned.
  • Resume
  • Statement
  • Writing Sample
  • Reference Contact Information
  • Digital Portfolio and Image List
  • Image List
  • Digital Portfolio

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25140 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 838 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    25140 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 838 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12120 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 404 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Normal

1100 - 1500 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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