36 months
9936 USD/year
9936 USD/year
3840 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Painting is a both a rich and formidable tradition steeped in history, and an evolving, expansive, and dynamic field of activity. The Painting program of the University of Houston is pluralistic, and we celebrate the diverse approaches, methodologies, and research interests that enrich and enliven painting.


However, you find yourself working, the Painting program of the University of Houston will provide you with the time, resources, academic framework and support as you strengthen and refine your painting practice.

The structural backbone of our program is an intensive, self-motivated studio investigation, supported by faculty mentoring, critique with visiting artists and critics, and peer-group support.  Studio research is supplemented by a broad range of course and seminar offerings, access to excellent facilities for printmaking, ceramics, wood, metal, and digital fabrication, and internships in Houston’s world-class museums, galleries and alternative spaces.


Our most dedicated graduates enjoy dynamic careers making and exhibiting art. For these artists, the BFA degree is only the beginning of a lifetime of learning and dedication to the profession, as they establish independent studio practices and begin their professional careers. These graduates follow the path of productive, impactful artists, by expanding discourses in contemporary art, and contributing to the cultural vitality of Houston and other important art centers.

Many find employment in fine art related fields in institutions such as museums, galleries, and non-profit spaces; and in support industries including art handling, documentation, and preservation. Others complete teaching certification requirements through the College of Education and teach in public school systems. Students who are interested in teaching at the college level must first earn an MA or MFA degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar
  • Writing Seminar
  • Drawing Studio
  • Painting Studio
  • Contemporary Painting

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • BA, BFA or BS in any field from a US accredited institution with a minimum of 3.0 (B) GPA earned in the last 60 hours of coursework
  • A portfolio and statement of intent are the most important parts of the application. The School of Art evaluates and admits MFA applicants primarily on the basis of work completed in the major area of concentration to which the application is made
  • A University of Houston Graduate School application
  • A Katherine G. McGovern College of the Arts application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcript from each college or university attended since high school
  • Three people to serve as references. At least one of these should be familiar with your your art or design work.
  • A statement of intent expressing your reasons for pursuing graduate study in your area of interest. Indicate on the statement the concentration to which you are applying.
  • A resume or CV
  • A portfolio uploaded to the application portal

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    9936 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4968 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    9936 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4968 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • In-State

    3840 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1920 USD per semester during 36 months.

Living costs for Houston

1067 - 1950 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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