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Master of Fine Art (MFA)

Course Description

The Department of Art offers a Master of Fine Arts degree for students interested in studying visual art beyond the baccalaureate level. The degree requires that candidates complete coursework in art concepts and criticism, art history, a studio area of concentration, electives, and a creative thesis project. The 90-credit Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is a terminal degree program providing students with professional levels of competency and experience in studio art. The MFA program qualifies students for careers as teachers in higher education, as professional studio artists, and for other studio-arts-related vocations.

The following studio art concentrations are offered at Central:
Ceramics – Painting and Drawing – Computer Art (Graphic Design) – Photography – Jewelry and Metalsmithing – Sculpture

To be eligible for Regular Admission you must meet the minimum Graduate School requirements. If you do not meet the minimum grade-point requirement or have limited major-­‐related experience, you may be admitted as Probationary or Conditional provided you show evidence of the ability to do satisfactory graduate work.

To apply, please submit a complete Graduate Admissions application; including a statement of objectives, three letters of recommendation and official transcripts from all college/university attended. Send these materials directly to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research. In addition to the university regulations governing admission to graduate degree programs, the following specific regulations apply to the MFA program:

Acceptance is primarily based on the student’s potential as evidenced by a portfolio, previous coursework in art, goals consistent with departmental resources, and other experiences relevant to art making. Applicants may be asked to have a telephone interview with a faculty member in their area of studio concentration before being admitted to a program.

Applicants are required to submit 20 examples of their recent work in the form of digital images on a CD and a printed image list. This documentation should represent the depth and breadth of the applicant’s work. Consistent with the above criteria, applicants with undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than visual arts are encouraged to apply. The digital portfolio CD should be mailed directly to the Department along with copies of all application materials.

Digital Images format: Images may be submitted as either individual JPG files or a multiple-­‐page PDF file. Dimensions of JPG images should be no smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi and no larger than 2 MB maximum. Please include an image list to correspond with files names. Files should be named yourlastname001.jpg, (Your last name, the image number and the file extension). Submit your digital images on a CD.

Competitive Graduate Assistantships are awarded in the Department of Art each year; for full consideration, deadline for assistantship applications is February 1st. Applications will be accepted after this date but priority for GA positions will be given to applicants who meet the deadline. When possible students are strongly urged to visit the campus and arrange a personal interview with faculty members in their major area of concentration and with the art department chair prior to submitting an application. Arrangements can be made by phone at 509-963-2665 or via e-mail at .

Visit the Master of Fine Art (MFA) page on the Central Washington University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Olabode Makinde

4561.jpg “I have enjoyed my time here thus far, and I hope to enjoy the rest of my time here. My overall experience here has been very good, I have made a lot of friends here and most of them are from different countries. I think that CWU offers a highly inclusive environment where everyone can feel comfortable in. Most of my teachers are my mentors and they are always there whenever I need them. I would advise anyone to wonder CWU strongly for their international studies since it provides the best value for the tuition charged.”

(Student Profile)

David Uribe

4565.jpg “The things that I must enjoy from the Master in Geological Sciences is the high quality faculty and their connection with faculty from other universities around the world. The fact of being a small student group make the faculty pay you more attention, being one of their main priorities.”


International Student Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

CWU's international student scholarship awards international graduate students tuition scholarships up to $9200 per academic year based on current tuition rates. This award is merit based and award amounts vary. This award is renewable each academic year at CWU as student continues to meet scholarship requirements, including high grades.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to $9200 per academic year


This is a merit-based tuition scholarship specifically for international graduate students. No separate application is necessary.

Application Procedure

No separate application is required. This scholarship is automatically awarded.

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