Master of Arts in Studio Art

The M.A. in studio art is a 33 credit-hour, exploring art history and theory in depth. Not only does it serve as a foundation for the MFA if you choose, it’s also an effective path to private studio practice.

Taking Your Future Forward

Throughout the 33 credit-hour, you’ll initiate visual and conceptual approaches and develop them by mastering an initial studio concentration, followed by continued growth in a related medium. You must complete the curriculum in one of seven art forms: ceramics, drawing, printmaking, painting, photography, sculpture or visual communications. Faculty will review your work after the first semester, after which you’ll finish with a presentation, thesis exhibit and comprehensive thesis paper. If approved, you can continue at Bradley to complete the terminal MFA.

Graduate Admission Requirements

Learn more about graduate admission standards and application requirements on our Requirements page.

Graduate Program Requirements

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.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Portfolio: digital images of a cohesive body of work (20 jpeg images at 72 ppi, 1020 pixels on longest side) representing: ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, or visual communication production work
  • Artist Statement
  • One additional electronic recommendation (total of three)
  • Personal interview with graduate or studio area co-coordinator (recommended)

Application Deadlines

To be assured full consideration, completed applications including all supporting documents should be received by the following dates:

  • Fall semester - January 15
  • Spring semester - August 15