36 months
17886 USD/year
17886 USD/year
7480 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Fine Arts in Art at Western Carolina University is an interdisciplinary studio art program and creative research environment where ideas are given form. Through close association with a diverse faculty, visiting artists, scholars, and their peers, students develop a contextual and historical awareness of their practice focusing on exploration, creative research, and art making. 


What You'll Learn

The Master of Fine Arts in Art degree at Western Carolina University is earned through a 60-credit program structure of coursework, independent creative research, and art production. Through close interaction with our faculty of professional practicing artists, students are given guidance and expertise in a wide variety of media that is rigorously examined, reviewed and critiqued. Students also engage in a broad range of related experiences in contemporary art through programs and initiatives to complement the development of their studio practice. All graduate students are provided with ample studio space and given the freedom of choice to work in a specific discipline or across any of our five areas: Ceramics, Painting/Drawing, Photography, Printmaking + Book-Arts, and Sculpture.

Where You'll Go

The current generation of students has learned to interface with the world in a whole new way, with the computer and mobile phone, as their main creative and communicative tools. They are fortunate and poised to take advantage of the possibilities and new initiatives across the spectrum of disciplines. Working with different perspectives and knowledge provides a cultural landscape where exciting and unexpected ideas can emerge from the exchange, embracing new forms of inquiry, new technologies, and new production.

Programme Structure

Studio Art curriculum include:

  • Problems in Design 
  • Problems in Painting 
  • Printmaking Problems 
  • Book Art Problems 
  • Problems in Sculpture 
  • Ceramics Problems 
  • Problems in Photography
  • Imaging and Digital Problems
  • Integrated Media Problems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • In addition to the Graduate School Admission Requirements all applicants must have a minimum of 3.00 GPA in their undergraduate major. They are expected to have the equivalent of 18 credit hours of undergraduate art history/philosophy of art and to have completed 50 credit hours of undergraduate studio, including 24 credit hours of concentrated study or equivalent portfolio-assessed experience. Candidates must commit to full-time study. No more than 12 semester hours of credit may be granted for work previously completed at the master’s level (transfer credit).
  • n addition a portfolio of 15 recent works, organized chronologically from the earliest to the most recent, must be sent directly to the School of Art and Design, attn. the M.F.A. Coordinator. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17886 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8943 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    17886 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8943 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • In-State

    7480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3740 USD per semester during 36 months.

Living costs for Cullowhee

900 - 1400 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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