University of the Arts, The

College of Art, Media and Design

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art (Intensive Summer Program)


320 S Broad St

Philadelphia, PA 19102

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This program offers a variety of specialized disciplines, including ceramics, painting, sculpture, multidisciplinary studies, installation and photography. Students have access to intensive, individually-focused studio experiences during the eight-week summer semester, and are assigned an individual mentor for the fall and spring semesters to guide their studio and writing work. Benefits of the intensive summer program include the flexibility to continue working while completing degree requirements and the opportunity to work with a variety of renowned visiting artists. During the on-campus portion of the program, students have 24-hour studio access to UArts’ multiple facilities, including dedicated studios for painting, ceramics and sculpture; three major gas kilns with 90-, 40- and 30-cubic foot capacity; electric kilns; wood and metal shops; a carving studio; a forge; a foundry, and drawing studios. The intensive summer MFA in Studio Arts is a 60-credit degree-granting program that can be completed in two-and-a-half years. Students partake in three eight-week summer residencies at the UArts campus in Philadelphia. During the spring and fall semesters, students complete independent studios, writing and research projects, and work on the thesis exhibition and paper during the final fall semester.


The University of the Arts is authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to grant degrees in the visual, performing and related arts, and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; telephone: 276-284-5000). The College of Art and Design is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association of the Schools of Art and Design, and the Industrial Designers' Society of America. The School of Music is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

International Student Requirements:

Applicants must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 92 (IBT) or 580 (PBT), a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, or complete Level 9 in the University’s ESL Institute. Students who do not meet score minimums may be required to successfully complete an English Language Program prior to matriculation. All applicants with post secondary or university transcripts from outside the United States are required to submit an official evaluation for each transcript. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) mandates that all foreign students applying for (or transferring their current) F-1 student visa sponsorship show sufficient funding for at least one year of study. A Certification of Finances form will be sent to you upon receipt of your application. The Certification of Finances is not required to make an offer of admission however, the I-20 form cannot be issued without a valid Certification of Finances.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 60

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1141 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 13692 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 13692 USD

Classification: Specialized Institution—School of art, music, or design

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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