Graduate Programs

Photos of Shannon Atwell in London and riding a camel

Shannon Atwell

Graphic Design Major
Studied in London, England

"By far, it was the most incredible experience of my life. Not only did I make lifelong friends from all over the world, I was able to travel to ten different countries, be inspired by my surroundings, and fully immerse myself in a new culture."

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Graduate Programs

The Master of Arts 36-credit Studio Arts program is intended for graduates of schools and departments of art/art education who want to develop their talents as studio artists. Study with outstanding practitioners in these fields acts as springboard for further professional growth and education. The Master of Arts in Art Therapy is a 60-credit program that follows guidelines for art therapy training recommended by the American Art Therapy Association.

The Master of Fine Arts is a 60-credit program in Visual Arts designed to provide professional emphasis for persons with an intense commitment to their art who intend to become serious professional artists and/or would like to teach at the college level. There are four areas of concentration: 2-D, 3-D, Graphic Design, and Illustration. In the 2-D area, students may work in the following media tracks: painting, photography, or printmaking. In the 3-D area, students may pursue tracks in ceramics or sculpture, working with a variety of media.

Master of Arts (MA)

Art Therapy (60-credits)
Studio Arts (36-credits):

  • 3D track: Clay
  • 3D track: Sculpture
  • 2D track: Painting
  • 2D track: Printmaking
  • 2D track: Photography

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Graphic Design (60-credit low-residency program) *
Illustration (60-credit low-residency program) *
Visual Arts (60-credits):

  • 3D track: Clay
  • 3D track: Sculpture
  • 2D track: Painting
  • 2D track: Printmaking
  • 2D track: Photography

"Get Your Masters with the Masters" MFA for Working Professionals and Educators in Graphic Design & Illustration
Marywood’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program is a 60-credit low-residency program designed specifically for working professionals: art directors, graphic designers, illustrators, educators, and other artists who have to budget their time and resources carefully, while continuing their full-time occupations. While production and technical skills are stressed, the thrust of our program is on creativity and conceptual thinking.