Boise State University

College of Arts and Science



Liberal Arts Building, Room 252

Boise, ID 83725

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Students pursuing the Master of Fine Arts, Visual Arts degree select an emphasis in alternative media, art metals, ceramics, drawing/painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. Program coursework emphasizes advanced studio practices together with study in graduate level art history and seminars with a focus on contemporary topics. The MFA, Visual Arts degree program fosters students’ creative, intellectual, and professional development as artists who produce excellent work, are able to discuss and contextualize their work cogently, and who are prepared to enter various career paths available to artists. Course work emphasizes advanced studio practices, art history, theory, and criticism. A Visiting Artist Program that brings a wide range of artists and scholars to campus on a regular basis enhances the MFA experience by providing lectures, workshops, and critiques. The program culminates in an exhibition of a body of work, a written thesis that supports the work, and an oral defense of both. The M.F.A., Visual Arts degree program at Boise State requires extensive research and writing as a fundamental aspect of artistic practice. Applicants to the program should document a desire and ability to engage in the highest level of discourse in all components of the program. Program Objectives The M.F.A., Visual Arts degree program is a catalyst for students: • To become professional studio artists and college level art instructors. • To realize their intellectual and creative potential as it applies to their chosen fine art discipline. • To gain awareness of, and situate their work in relation to contemporary art theory and practice. • To investigate a broad range of historical and contemporary issues relevant to their work and to place their work in the context of the world at large. • To become verbally fluent in the discussion of their own work and the work of other contemporary artists. • To engage in course work, research, and experimentation that supports their studio practice. • To become excellent and articulate writers. • To receive feedback and guidance in rigorous individual and group critiques. • To experience and value working within the peer group atmosphere provided by the program. Graduate assistantships are awarded competitively to first year and continuing students. Assistantships include a nonresident tuition waiver, a resident fee waiver, and a stipend. Assistants must enroll for a minimum of nine credit hours each semester and meet any other requirements as set forth by the Graduate College.


The M.F.A, Visual Arts degree program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 60

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 252 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 3486 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 9206 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Federal student loans are available to U.S. citizens.

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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