30 months
35213 USD/year
35213 USD/year
14085 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University offers a three-year Master of Fine Arts degree in Art and Design, with nine unique areas of study: Blacksmithing, Ceramics, Design, Drawing, Glass, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture and Small Metals.


The MFA program at the SIU School of Art and Design is one of the leading graduate programs in the country. We maintain a vital, creative environment in which emerging artists with strong motivation may develop, through intensive studio practice and appropriate scholarly support, a clear, mature, and professional focus to their creative life.

The core of any program is the in-depth studio practice of individual studio disciplines and frequent, sustained contact with working professional faculty and fellow students. This work is supported and extended through formal studio course work, studies in the history of art, and through access to the many resources and opportunities inherent in a large multipurpose university.

Careers in Art

Graduates of the art and design program at Southern Illinois University are prepared to work in any number of art fields, from running galleries and art studios, to academia, residencies, design and so much more. The inter-disciplinary focus of our program gives you an added edge and equips you to reach all of your professional goals.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Museum Studies: Learning in Museums
  • Research Seminar in Art History
  • Methods and Theory of the History of Art and Visual Culture 
  • Moving Image Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Modern/Contemporary Art
  • Readings in Art History
  • Advanced Design

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application to School of Art and Design. ($10 fee applies)
  • Cover Letter: Upload PDF file during above online application stating your intention to apply to a specific area and including a statement of present perspective on your work and your interest in pursuing graduate studies.
  • Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation: request at least three (3) references during above online application. Recommenders will be uploading the letters – not the applicant.
  • Official Transcript: You are required to have one (1) official transcript from each post-secondary school sent to the School of Art and Design
  • 15-20 digital samples of recent work: upload during online application above. Images (up to 5MB each), Video (up to 250MB each), Audio (up to 30MB each), PDFs (up to 10MB each) and Models (Sketchfab). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 30 months.
  • National

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 30 months.
  • In-State

    14085 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14085 USD per year during 30 months.

Living costs for Carbondale

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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