Master of Fine Art in Visual Arts

Develop the skills and expertise to support a lifetime of art-making while studying the historical context and significance of cultural artifacts.

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At a Glance

Master's Confers Alumni Status
2 years Full-time

The two-year MFA program is distinguished in its focus on how the pluralism of today’s art-making practices relate to one another, as well as for creating conversations that bridge the Department of Visual Arts and other areas of study at the University of Chicago.

Students work in sculpture, photography, painting, installation, performance, video and new media with this interdisciplinary program. You will explore not only the artistic issues pertinent to your practice, but also the theoretical, social and historical issues that intersect with it. First and second year students collaborate to articulate their work and to sharpen their critical thinking and writing skills.

Designed For

Designed for students with diverse intellectual, cultural and artistic backgrounds and different art-making practices, based on the quality of the portfolio.

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Offered by The University of Chicago's Department of Visual Arts