University of North Dakota

College of Arts and Science

Visual Art


University Ave

Grand Forks, ND 58202

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.F.A. - Visual Arts

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The mission of the Department of Art and Design’s graduate M.F.A. program is to provide quality educational experiences to the students that promote critical thinking and creative visual skills based upon the history of art, contemporary trends and theories, and technical skills in the fine art disciplines. Graduates will be prepared to be active artist/researchers who are engaged in a dialogue, which critically examines the larger culture of which the visual arts play an integral role. Graduates will be prepared to enter the professional art world as self-directed practioners/artists, educators, or occupations in art museums and galleries. These goals are accomplished through a curriculum that includes hands-on studio experience and academic seminars as a vehicle for the investigation into visual expression. Goal 1: Students will refine technical skills, with materials, techniques, and equipment specific to the production of their visual art. Goal 2: Students will refine oral and written skills as a means to communicate the conceptual basis of their visual research and to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the cultural, theoretical, and rhetorical issues in the history of art. Goal 3: Students will develop skills to refine their critical thinking and the conceptual basis for their art work and contextualize their work within the history of art and/or contemporary trends and theories. Goal 4: Students hone professional skills as artists needed to promote their creative research and to advance within their chosen careers.


UND is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. UND also holds many special accreditation's at the college, department, or program level.

International Student Requirements:

All graduate applicants must demonstrate academic-level proficiency with the English language before they will be considered for admission. This requirement must be met by all applicants, regardless of citizenship, residency, or nation of birth. No applicants will be considered for admission until the English Language Proficiency is met. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for ways in which this requirement can be met.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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