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Fine Arts, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


Through studio work, seminar courses, international residency opportunities and interactions with vital working artists, the program provides an open intellectual framework to foster critical awareness and independent methods of artistic research.

Students extend their conceptual strategies while inventing and then refining their own hybridized forms of art making methods. The program encourages exploration, extending studies into other disciplines within the School of Design and the university-at-large with a rich selection of outside electives and optional certificate and dual-degree programs.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Making Space and Public Art

  • Advanced Printmaking: Silkscreening

  • Interactive Design Studio: Cultures of Making

  • Graduate Drawing Seminar

  • A History of Ideas in Art

  • Graduate Photography Seminar

  • Visual Epistemologies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

The MFA coursework requires eleven credit units of Graduate Studio and eight credit units of electives. Of the eight elective courses, two must be graduate seminars, two must be outside of the Fine Arts Department, the remaining four courses may be taken either in the department or anywhere in the university. Each graduate student works with the faculty to select courses that will support the thesis research. Additional requirements for the MFA degree include the presentation of a thesis slide presentation at the Institute of Contemporary Art, a thesis exhibition, and the submission of a thesis statement and portfolio.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    59670 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 59670 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    59670 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 59670 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 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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