Graduate Program in Print Media & Photography

The School of Art offers the Master of Arts degree in Studio Art and the Master of Fine Arts degree in Print Media and Photography.  Enrollment is deliberately kept small enough to make possible the individual instruction deemed essential for a quality professional graduate education.  Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s top graduate programs in the visual arts, the School of Art at Kent State University provides abundant opportunities for graduate students to advance their skills in all areas of studio art.  We offer the only MFA program in northeast Ohio, and the only program in the state of Ohio to offer this breadth of studio specialties.

The Print Media and Photography graduate program at Kent State University aims to strengthen the students’ personal vision through emphasis on the conceptual aspects of the printmaking and photography disciplines.  Facilities include fully equipped studios for lithography, etching, relief, silkscreen, digital media, darkroom for processing black-and-white film, semi-private graduate studio adjacent to the shop, and access to a school-wide digital fabrication lab.  Students work closely with full-time faculty, providing them with individual instruction and mentorship during their education at Kent State.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Dedicated studio space for graduate students
  • Competitive Graduate Assistantships that offer a tuition waiver 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.

See Our Print Media Facilities


Applicants are expected to have a B.F.A. or B.A. in printmaking or equivalent experience or skill, with a 2.75 overall grade-point average (3.0 in the art major).





The admission cycle for fall 2023 is now closed and we are no longer accepting applications.  We invite you to consider applying to our program when the next application cycle opens in August of 2023 for Fall 2024 admission.  Our application deadline for the School of Art is generally in early February, so please be sure to check our website next fall for exact deadlines and ensure that all application materials arrive by that date to qualify for admission consideration.

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Taryn McMahon, Associate Professor, at or 330-672-2839.

Master of Arts

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

M.A. in Studio Art

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 total

M.F.A. in Studio Art