Fine Arts, MFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English


The Fine Arts program is offered by Washington State University. Emphasis is placed on personal and conceptual artistic development in light of contemporary art practices. Graduates meet with faculty for one-on-one studio discussions. 

All graduates will be able to:

  • An ability to solve open-ended problems/challenges of artistic expression.
  •  An ability to analyze the working methods of artists and the results of their efforts in a diverse and disciplined way.
  • An ability to communicate effectively through their artistic practice. Students should be aware of and engaged in a thorough way with art history, critical theory and visual culture in a  way that considers a broad cultural awareness considering both local and/or global issues in order to make critical judgments about contemporary are while gaining a deeper  understanding of their own personal values.
  •  An in-depth understanding of the visual arts, art history, critical theory and visual culture, sufficient to prepare them to move into a professional career in the arts, including essential  concepts and theories of studio production in a variety of disciplines, with a sophistication and refinement especially in a major field.

By the end of the program, Students will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate awareness of context, audience, purpose, and the presented artwork. Use appropriate and relevant content to develop and present ideas. 
  • Demonstrate consistent use of credible, relevant sources to support ideas. 
  • Demonstrate delivery techniques (posture, gesture, eye contact, and vocal expressiveness) make the presentation interesting, and speaker appears comfortable.
  • Teaching at the college/university level
  • Professional Artist
  • Curatorial/Gallery work

Programme Structure

First year students have an exhibition in the departmental gallery and the second year program culminates in a thesis exhibition held in the Museum of Art. A final oral examination and a thesis document are also required. The degree requires 57 graded credit hours and 5 credit hours of thesis work (FA 700) totaling 62 credits.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language.

Find English courses on Preparation Courses Portal.

Academic Requirements

All M.F.A. applicants must comply with the requirements for admission to the Graduate School as specific in the Graduate Studies Bulletin. “Undergraduate degrees (BA, BFA, BS, BEd) differ in disciplinary credit distribution and educational emphasis. 

In order to compensate for these differences in the studies (both undergraduate and graduate) leading ultimately to the MFA degree, the following combined (undergraduate plus graduate) semester credit totals are recommended: art studio, 100; history of art, 

Other requirements:

  • A statement of intent indicating your area(s) of focus.
  • Current cv or resume
  • Please upload your supplemental MFA portfolio of exactly 20 images.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12607 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12607 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    5892 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5892 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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