Graduate Program in Painting and Drawing | Kent State University

Graduate Program in Painting and Drawing

The School of Art offers both the Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Painting and Drawing.  Working in close consultation with a major advisor, graduate students pursue a sequence of course work that encourages the development of an independent, critical approach to artistry in the discipline.  Studio space on campus is available on a limited basis for full-time resident students.

The Painting and Drawing graduate programs draw upon contemporary practices and discourse in the field to prepare students for a life in the arts. Students are encouraged to work across disciplines and techniques in order to develop a body of work that reflects their independent investigations in painting and drawing. Studio practice is supplemented with art history seminars, visiting artist lectures, summer workshops, and travel study programs to New York City, culminating in a solo MA or MFA thesis exhibition.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Dedicated studio space for graduate students
  • Competitive Graduate Assistantships that offer tuition remission and a stipend
  • Working with a range of graduate faculty 
  • Renowned visiting artist program
  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and tools
  • Travel study opportunities every semester

All of the School of Art studios and classrooms are located under one roof in the Center for the Visual Arts, which had its grand opening in 2016.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate degree in studio art and a 2.75 overall grade-point average (3.0 in the art major).

GRADUATE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

INFORMATION ON OUR APPLICATION PROCESS

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

FALL ADMISSION: FEBRUARY 2

SPRING ADMISSION: SEPTEMBER 15

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Darice Polo, Associate Professor in Drawing, at dpolo@kent.edu or 330-672-2249 or Gianna Commito, Associate Professor in Painting at gcommito@kent.edu or 330-672-7536.

Program Outline:  Master of Arts

23 hours – studio studies
3 hours – Art History elective
6 hours – ART 67199, M.A. Thesis
32 total

Program Outline:  Master of Fine Arts

36 hours – studio studies
9 hours – electives
9 hours – Art History electives
6 hours – ART 69199, M.F.A. Thesis
60 hours