Visual Arts

Rutgers University

24 months
30336 USD/year
30336 USD/year
19176 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The MFA in Visual Arts program from Rutgers University was established in 1960 as the first non-disciplinary specific fine art graduate program in the USA. This fulltime 60-credit degree program offers seminars in painting, sculpture, photography, media, printmaking, and art theory.


During the MFA in Visual Arts program from Rutgers University, students can also take courses across the University. Each MFA candidate receives private studio space to work in that is available year-round, 24/7 for the duration of their study. Graduate students have numerous opportunities to mount exhibitions in the school’s 4,200 sq. ft. gallery space that is dedicated to showcasing student work.

In line with the school’s belief that graduate study in art should be accessible to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, all incoming graduate students are awarded a fellowship the equivalent of full out-of-state tuition in the first year and full in-state tuition for the second year of the program (International students continue to receive out-of-state tuition in their second year).  Combined with large private studios and the resources of a major public research university, these scholarships give students the opportunity to fully focus on their work within a stimulating and supportive community of equals.

The programme

We do not offer traditional Teaching Assistantships. Graduate students interested in gaining teaching experience can do so via a for-credit, semester-long teaching mentorship under Faculty supervision. Upon completion of the mentorship, students become qualified for teaching assignments as Part-Time Lecturers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Painting and Studio Problems
  • Sculpture
  • Photo Image
  • Video/Media Workshop
  • Art Criticism
  • Painting and Practice
  • Photo and Media
  • Current Issues in Art Practice
  • Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Visiting Artists

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • University Questionaire
  • Personal Statement (see specifications below)
  • Request for Transcripts (completion of a bachelor's degree at an accredited university is a required pre-requeisite)
  • Email addresses for three recommenders
  • Request for Test Scores (International Students only)
  • Non-refundable $70 application fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15168 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    30336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15168 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    19176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9588 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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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Visual Arts
Rutgers University