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Master of Fine Arts, Studio Art


The master of fine arts requires sixty (60) hours of graduate level courses. Two courses in art history (6 hours) at the graduate level are required, as is attendance in the MFA seminar classes (12 hours) held each semester. Of the remaining courses (42 hours) 30 hours must be in studio disciplines and are designed to meet individual needs and interests. These are mainly of a “workshop” or “atelier” nature. All students are required to present a Thesis Exhibition: a body of work demonstrating professional maturity constitutes the thesis proper as well as a written thesis contextualizing the exhibition. It is completed by the end of the second year and exhibited in the Carroll Gallery. In addition, an oral examination is conducted by an appointed faculty thesis committee.

Sample Schedule


First Year

First Semester
ARST 7010: 3 credits
ARST 7020: 6 credits
Art History: 3 credits
ARST 7800-01: 3 credits
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15 credits

Second Semester
ARST 7030: 3 credits
ARST 7040: 6 credits
Art History: 3 credits
ARST 7800-02: 3 credits
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15 credits

Second Year

First Semester
ARST 7400: 6 credits
ARST 7410: 6 credits
ARST 7800-03: 3 credits
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15 credits

Second Semester
ARST 7420: 3 credits
ARST 7430: 3 credits
ARST 7450: Thesis Project: 6 credits
ARST 7800-04: 3 credits
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15 credits

Total: 60 credits



Applications for Fall 2015 admission to the MFA program will be accepted in all disciplines except Sculpture.



Tulane University, Newcomb Art Dept., 202 Woldenberg Art Center, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5327 artdept@tulane.edu