New York Studio School

Graduate Programs

MFA in Visual Art


8 West 8th Street

New York City, NY 10011

United States


(212) 673-6466

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MFA in Visual Art

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MFA programs, offered with concentrations in Painting or in Sculpture, continue the ethos of the teaching methods defined by the School's history within a recognized degree program. The MFA is based on maintaining a full-time, rigorous studio practice. Students are engaged in their work a minimum of 40 hours per week for the duration of their two years at the School. In their first year, students choose a core faculty member with whom they will work closely during each semester. Faculty are present in the atelier two days each week. Students are expected to continue working on the objectives set by faculty throughout the week. In the second year, faculty contact hours are reduced as students work in semi-private or private studios towards the completion of their individual thesis project. Studio practice is balanced with Critical Studies courses, in addition to peer and instructed critiques. Lectures and seminars are held throughout the semester, as well as small group discussion with current and visiting faculty. The Critical Studies courses provide the groundwork for students to compose the statements that support their final thesis project. Degree candidates will be assessed on a continual basis throughout their time at the School. Courses are graded by faculty in accordance with School policy. Students must complete 60 credits to successfully achieve the title of Master of Fine Arts, and credits must include all required courses. A residency of at least two academic years is necessary to complete the degree.


The New York Studio School is chartered by the Board of Regents of The University of the State of New York with the authority to award the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. The School's MFA program is registered by the New York State Education Department under the quality standards in the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

International Student Requirements:

If English is not the applicant's native language, students must demonstrate English speaking proficiency in one of two ways. One option is by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam prior to applying to the School. The School's minimum score for the internet-based test is 80, and for the paper-based test, the minimum score is 550. on TOEFL scores must be included with the completed application form. The TOEFL Test Code for the New York Studio Schoool is: 7453 Another option for international students needing to prove English proficiency is to submit proof of a college degree earned at an English-speaking institution. Also, students will need transcripts or school records from international institutions, as well as an international student visa.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 60

In State Tuition (per year): 21875 USD

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