Master of Fine Arts — Studio Art

The MFA provides the formal skills and intellectual framework you’ll need to excel in studio practice. Almost all recognized artists have the terminal degree, which is required to teach at the university level.

Preparing You For Success

Bradley is one of the few mid-sized universities to offer the terminal degree, which enables you to work more closely with faculty and peers on projects over the program’s three semesters. The degree explores historical and current visual culture while it refines your expertise in multiple studio art concentrations. Plus, there are opportunities to collaborate with students in other disciplines across campus. Available studio options include ceramics, drawing, printmaking, painting, photography, sculpture and visual communications. To complete the MFA, you present an exhibit and oral defense. The program has been accredited by the National Schools of Art and Design for over 30 years.

In addition, you and your classmates are like mentors to undergraduates and non-art majors by exhibiting art and ideas regularly on campus. As a result of these displays, MFA students bring contemporary aesthetic issues and technologies to attention while they experiment with and challenge traditional tastes and values.

By the time you graduate, your experiences include:

  • Participation in community art exhibits and events
  • Professional growth and networking through student organizations
  • Presentations at regional and national conferences and symposiums
  • One-person shows at regional exhibition spaces

Making Your Mark

In recent years, 90% of Bradley MFA students found employment within a year of graduation. Alumni are active in Peoria’s annual Sculpture Walk and First Friday fine art open houses, and others are educators, curators and artists in locations such as Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis and on both coasts.

Graduate Program Requirements

MA Required Courses - 33 hrs.

  • Studio (major concentration) - 15 hrs.
  • Graduate studio electives - 6 hrs.
  • Graduate electives (must be pre-approved University graduate courses, additional graduate studios, seminars) - 3 hrs.
  • Seminar in art history or contemporary practices - 3 hrs.
  • Seminar in theory and criticism - 3 hrs.
  • Thesis (exhibition) - 3 hrs.

Total Hours Required (Combined MA, MFA): 60 hrs.

MFA Required Courses - 27 hrs.

  • Studio concentration - 18 hrs.
  • Graduate studio electives - 3 hrs.
  • Graduate electives (must be pre-approved University graduate courses, additional graduate studios, seminars) - 3 hrs.
  • Thesis (exhibition) - 3 hrs.