Master of Fine Arts

Marywood University is more than higher education.

It's about taking your education higher. Our graduate programs are known for their rigor, comprehensiveness, and opportunities for scholarship, research, and field work. Students find a wide range of offerings covering a broad spectrum of professional disciplines.

Master of Fine Arts - Visual Arts

The graduate visual arts program, taught by outstanding faculty artists and scholars, offers a two year, 60 credit MFA degree in Visual Arts.  Students choose a cross-disciplinary approach to their studies, supporting their concentrations with pursuits in printmaking, painting, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, photography, and jewelry. A critical academic core in art history, aesthetics and criticism, uniquely positions Marywood students for success in their future professional careers. Students in the MFA in Visual Arts program are expected to take at least 12 credits per semester. 

Areas of Concentration

To learn more about our low residency "Get Your Masters with the Masters" MFA program in Graphic Design and Illustration for educators and working professionals visit Get Your Masters with the Masters.

ConcentrationArea CoordinatorEmail
Graphic Design Steven Brower sbrower@marywood.edu
Illustration Steven Brower sbrower@marywood.edu

To learn more about pursuing your MFA degree in Visual Arts, please contact the appropriate area coordinator:

ConcentrationArea CoordinatorEmail
Clay Nikki Moser nmoser@marywood.edu
Sculpture Nikki Moser nmoser@marywood.edu
Painting Pamela Parsons parsons@marywood.edu
Printmaking Peter Hoffer hoffer@marywood.edu
Photography Sam Olfano olfano@marywood.edu

Program Description

The MFA program at Marywood University challenges the student artist to excellence in the field of Visual Art. Studio art electives together with the academic core support the degree candidate’s creative search in painting. Studio work is both independent and supervised.

Students in the 2-D concentration (painting, printmaking, photography) and 3-D concentration (ceramics, sculpture) are tasked with becoming  articulate, self-aware and directed fine artists. Working within a small community of peers, the student gains creative insight in discussing his or her own visual discoveries with the work and ideas of others in regular critique and review. The student in this full time residency program should expect to graduate with a terminal MFA in Visual Arts degree after two years of concentrated study.

Download the REQUIREMENTS for COMPLETING the MFA in VISUAL ARTS DEGREE

Download the SAMPLE TWO-YEAR CURRICULAR PLAN for the MFA in VISUAL ARTS DEGREE

Where Creativity Works

Let Marywood’s Art Department help you discover “where creativity works.” To learn more about the Art Department, ask questions, or to schedule a personal, family, or group visit, contact our Department Chair at 570-348-6278.