• Ceramics
  • Combined Art History / Visual Art
  • Metalsmithing / Jewelry
  • Textiles / Fibers
  • Visual Art
  • Visual Art Education

The Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art is a three-year, 60 credit hour degree program emphasizing individual growth through independent work in an atmosphere of ongoing critical discussion. As a graduate student, you receive a rigorous studio and academic experience. Each week you meet with your fellow graduate students and faculty from a variety of studio areas in Graduate Seminar to participate in critiques, discussions and presentations.

Students frequently take independent studies with a number of Visual Art faculty offering a diverse and specialized learning experience. Each student receives their own studio space conducive to the creation of work in their area(s) of specialization. 

Students gain teaching experience, as well as financial support, through graduate teaching assistantships that are often available. Graduate students are eligible for numerous annual scholarships given to exemplary students at all levels of study through the Department of Visual Art.

The final departmental requirements to complete thesis work are a general oral examination, an exhibition, and a thesis folio of the exhibition. The thesis folio shall include a statement written by the candidate concerning the work, which has been approved by their Thesis Committee, and a visual record of the exhibition. The department reserves the option of selecting and retaining one example of each graduate student’s work. Upon enrolling, the student automatically accepts these requirements and conditions.

Countdown to
Visual Art Calendar
Nov 01
Open Drawing
11:00 am
Nov 16
Reception for the Visual Art Annual Faculty Exhibition
02:00 pm
Dec 06
Open Drawing
11:00 am
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“Elegantly vibrant, personal, and optimistic.” A nice article covering Weifang Gong's exhibition earlier this month at the Hillestad Textile Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska. Weifang is in her first year pursuing her MFA in the Department of Visual Art at KU.
Artist weaves Chinese, American cultures through art exhibition
For Weifang Gong, weaving two cultures together takes form in her artwork.

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