Graduate Program in Textiles

The School of Art offers both the Masters of Art degree in Studio Art and the Masters of Fine Art degree in Textiles.  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.

Students select course work in close consultation with their advisor.  Program goals focus on guiding young artists from a mentor/student relationship into the world of the professionally active studio artist.  Digital design and technology go hand-in-hand with traditional fiber art techniques, while pushing students to think conceptually, experimentally and across disciplines.  Students work closely with full-time faculty, providing the individual instruction deemed essential for a quality professional graduate education.

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.

See Our Textiles Facilities


Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate degree in studio art or equivalent experience or skill, with a 2.75 overall grade-point average (3.0 in the art major).





For more information or to schedule a visit, contact head of Textiles, Janice Lessman-Moss at or 330-672-2158.

Master of Arts Program Outline

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 Program Outline

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

M.F.A. in Studio Art