Graduate Program

Master of Fine Arts

The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami offers graduate study within a strong liberal arts program at a private university, which allows talented students to learn from a faculty of highly regarded professional artists and art historians. Our program is designed for personal development and career success in both traditional and conceptual-based practices. The Master of Fine Arts degree in the professional practice of studio art is a three-year program that offers students the opportunity to specialize in one of five concentrations:

1. Ceramics

2. Digital Imaging-Illustration/Photography

3. Painting

4. Printmaking

5. Sculpture

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the M.F.A. in Studio Art program will be selected for admission based on submission of the following materials and standards by the February 15, 2021 application deadline: 

  1. The Graduate School general application (which carries a non-refundable/non-negotiable $85 fee).
  2. Three letters of recommendation (submitted with the Graduate School application).
  3. A personal statement of interest in the M.F.A in Studio Art program at the University of Miami.
  4. A portfolio of digital images of personal artworks, not to exceed 20 images.
  5. An official copy of undergraduate transcript(s) showing the date the B.A. /B.S. /B.F.A. degree was awarded. [Transcripts must show no less than 3.0 for the overall G.P.A.]
  6. A completed Teaching Assistantship application (if the applicant is seeking funding). Assistantships are competitive, and are not guaranteed with admission into the program.
  7. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (for international students only).
  8. Demonstration that the applicant has completed advanced coursework in the area s/he/they wish to study, as well as related professional and/or exhibition experience.
  9. Prospective applicants should additionally contact their proposed area advisor(s) in advance of applying, in order to arrange a phone or Zoom interview to ensure that the program will be a mutually-rewarding fit for all parties.

To apply to the M.F.A. in Studio Art at the University of Miami, please complete all aspects of the application process below. For more information, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Nathan Timpano, at  

Application Procedures & Policies

Applications for admission into the M.F.A. in Studio Art program are only considered for the Fall semester following the application deadline. The application process requires applicants to successfully complete three separate steps, so please ensure you have submitted all documents by the February 15, 2021 deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. The general application must be initiated through the Graduate School in order to be admitted into the University of Miami. Through the Grad School, applicants will submit personal contact information, request their three letters of recommendation, and pay the $85.00 application fee. The Grad School application can be found here:
  2. A more comprehensive (and separate) application must then be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies within the Department of Art & Art History. The departmental application must be sent, via email, as a single/combined PDF file to

The single PDF file should include the following:

  • A personal statement of interest in the M.F.A in Studio Art program at the University of Miami. Please explain your past experiences, and why you feel you are ready for graduate work in your chosen area at UM.
  • A portfolio of 20 digital images of artworks. If you would like the faculty to consider additional works, please provide a link (or hyperlink) to your website.
  • Contact information (only) for your three letter writers. Even though your confidential letters will be submitted via the Graduate School application, it is beneficial for the faculty to have an additional record of who is providing your letters, especially in the case of missing documents.
  • The completed Teaching Assistantship* application form (if the applicant is seeking financial assistance). Assistantships include a stipend of approximately $15,000/per year, plus a full tuition waiver and subsidized health insurance.* The Teaching Assistantship application form can be found here:

*As previously stated, assistantships are competitive, and are not guaranteed with admission into the program.

     3.  Lastly, applicants must mail all official copies of their undergraduate transcript(s) directly to the department. If you have received multiple undergraduate degrees, you will need to send official transcripts from ALL programs, not just the most recent. Please have copies sent to:


Dr. Nathan Timpano, Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Art and Art History

Rainbow Building

University of Miami

1540 Levante Ave.

Coral Gables, FL 33146


If you are an international applicant, please see these additional instructions regarding foreign transcripts and TOEFL scores. If you need to complete the TOEFL, please have your scores sent directly to the department, or include official/notarized copies with your departmental PDF application.



The next application deadline is February 15, 2021 for admission to the 2021-22 academic year.