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Overview

The curriculum integrates practical and critical skills across diverse media and disciplines. You will hone your practice through individual innovation, creative collaborations, informal mentorship, and academic discourse. MFA students are enrolled at both Northeastern University and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and graduate with an MFA degree from Northeastern.

The MFA in Studio Art is a professional program that is both rigorous and highly selective. It prepares students for careers as working artists or as university professors (the MFA is considered a terminal degree in its field). The curriculum integrates practical and critical skills across diverse media and disciplines; students hone their practice through individual innovation, creative collaborations, informal mentorships, and academic discourse. MFA students are enrolled at both the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and NU, and graduate in two years with an MFA degree from Northeastern.

In this degree program you will complete 44 semester hours of studio work and graduate seminars at School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and 16 hours of art history and academic electives (typically four courses) at Northeastern University. You will have your own semi-private studio space and access to School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston faculty and equipment. A final thesis exhibition is required. School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world with a collection of nearly 450,000 works of fine art.

Curriculum

MFA Course Requirements

The program comprises of 60 semester hours and consists of three categories of courses:

  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Studio Art Courses (44 semester hours)
  • Northeastern University Required Academic Studies (8 semester hours)
  • Northeastern University Non-Studio Electives (8 semester hours)

Other MFA Degree Requirements

Students are required to participate in a thesis exhibition in their final semester.

Admissions

Prospective students should apply through Northeastern’s online application portal.

Art + Design applicants are required to submit their portfolio via Slideroom, an online portfolio submission service.

Visit the College of Arts, Media and Design’s Graduate Web site for detailed Admissions information.