Graduate Program

Image: Devin Caserta

Twirl, Charcoal and Soft Pastel on Arches Paper

MFA 2015

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 in a private university setting, 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 practice. 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 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, 2020 application deadline: 

  1. The Graduate School general application.
  2. 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.]
  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. Three letters of recommendation.
  6. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (for international students only).
  7. It is highly recommended that applicants have advanced coursework in the area they wish to study, as well as related professional and/or exhibition experience. It is additionally advisable that applicants contact their proposed advisor in advance of applying to the program.

To apply to the M.F.A. in Studio Art at the University of Miami, please carefully follow the directions and links 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 procedures, so please ensure you have completed each step of the application process by the February 15th deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Applications must first be initiated through the Graduate School. This is the general graduate application for admission to the University of Miami. Through the Graduate School, applicants will submit personal contact information and pay the $85.00 application fee. Please follow the link below:
  1. A more comprehensive application must then be initiated through the Department’s acceptd portal. On acceptd, applicants should select “MFA: Application” from the drop-down menu, and then submit: a portfolio of 20 digital images of artworks (GIF, JPG, JPEG, or PNG formats); a personal statement of interest (PDF format); contact information for three letters of recommendation; and the Teaching Assistantship application form (if the applicant is seeking financial assistance). Assistantships include a stipend, plus a tuition waiver (PDF format). Please follow the links below:
  1. Lastly, applicants must mail an official copy of their undergraduate transcript(s) directly to the Department. Please have copies sent to:
Dr. Nathan Timpano, Director of Graduate Studies
c/o Carmen Pissani, Graduate Assistant
Department of Art and Art History
University of Miami, Rainbow Building
1540 Levante Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
If you are an international applicant, please see these additional instructions regarding foreign transcripts and TOEFL scores:
The next application deadline is February 15, 2020 for admission to the 2020-21 academic year.