Are you a visual artist or designer interested in pursuing a high-quality and low-cost Master of Fine Arts degree? Did you know you that ETSU's Department of Art & Design offers a MFA program with personalized instruction by award-winning faculty in 11 areas of specialization and funding opportunities (graduate assistantships or tuition scholarships)? If you're interested in learning more about our MFA program, please join us for an Information Session and Q & A with our Graduate Coordinator Prof. Mindy Herrin on Saturday, December 3rd at 10:00 AM EST via Zoom:
Grad Student Forum:
Graduate Studies website for complete information about tuition, fees, and financial aid for graduate students.
The deadline for receipt of all application materials (Slideroom materials and Graduate Studies) is February 1. Portfolios, artist statements, and supplemental materials must be submitted through Slideroom. Application materials will not be returned.
How to apply:
Submit electronic application required by The School of Graduate Studies at: https://www.etsu.edu/gradschool/applynow.php Follow directions for submission of transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.
- The prospective candidate for the MFA degree should have a bachelor's degree with
a major in art or equivalent evidence of proficiency.
To be accepted into the MFA program, prospective students must complete an application with the School of Graduate Studies and submit a portfolio using Slideroom (Applications accepted Sept 15 - Feb 1). Application fees and Slideroom fees cannot be waived, and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
2024 MFA Program
The 60 credit hour MFA program at East Tennessee State University is based on intensive studio practice at an advanced level in the following areas:
- Extended Media
- Graphic Design
- Jewelry & Metals
Studio spaces are available for all graduate students in the program. The campus is situated in the foothills of the southern Appalachian mountains, providing a rich backdrop for a period of intensive development.
Each year selected artists, scholars, and leading figures in the contemporary art world visit ETSU. Past visitors have included Jerry Saltz, Julie Heffernan, Michael Ray Charles, Alec Soth, Mel Chin, Sue Coe, Patrick Dougherty, William Christenberry, Amy Stein, Anne Harris, and James Elkins.
The Slocumb Galleries on campus and the Tipton Gallery in downtown Johnson City have active year-round scheduling.