Graduate Programs in Studio Art | Kent State University

Graduate Programs in Studio Art

Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s top 100 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 are encouraged to work across disciplines and techniques in order to develop a body of work that reflects their independent investigations in their discipline. 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. All of the School of Art studios and classrooms are located under one roof in the Center for the Visual Arts, a 128,000 square-foot facility that had its grand opening in 2016.  

Kent State offers a wide variety of studio art concentrations.  M.A. and M.F.A. students may select from the following:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Glass
  • Painting
  • Jewelry/Metals/Enameling
  • Print Media & Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles

M.A. degrees are offered in either Fine Arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, print media and photography) or Crafts (jewelry/metals/enameling, textiles, ceramics, glass).

Degree Information

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art Master of Arts in Fine Arts Master of Arts in Crafts

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
  • Access to world-class museums and research libraries 
  • School-wide digital fabrication lab (ARTech Studio)

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

FALL ADMISSION: FEBRUARY 2

SPRING ADMISSION: SEPTEMBER 15

Applications must be complete by these dates to be considered for graduate assistantships.  Applications for the School of Art graduate programs are accepted on a rolling basis.  Priority is given to applicants who meet the above deadlines.  Applications received after the deadlines are accepted as space allows at the discretion of the graduate faculty. 

Visit the Graduate Admissions page for more information on how to apply.

Graduate Admissions