Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art

The TCU School of Art offers a 60-hour program (three year residency) for a Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA), with optional concentrations in painting or sculpture. One of the finest in the country, the TCU MFA program is highly selective, and is available on a full-time basis only.

The major focus of the program is studio work, with emphasis on critical thinking about the creative process and the role of the artist in the world. Students attend graduate seminars on various topics, including the present and historical functions of art criticism and the professions available to MFA graduates. To enrich their academic experience, students are encouraged to apprentice in area galleries, schools and museums. Colloquia are offered at scheduled intervals. They will feature presentations and discussions by speakers, faculty and other members of the art department.

Weekly group critiques will center on individual work. Critiques are designed to help students develop deeper self-knowledge, critical thinking abilities, more precise visual language and clarity of expression. The art faculty encourages interaction between graduate and undergraduate students. Graduate students often assist in undergraduate classes, working closely with senior faculty.


Prerequisites: BFA, or equivalent, including concentration in intended specialty as evidenced by appropriate credit, an acceptable portfolio of work, a statement of professional experience and goals and letters of recommendation. Admission to the program is based on:

  • Acceptable portfolio, determined by faculty committee
  • Strong GPA in undergraduate art courses
  • Statement of professional experience and goals
  • Good overall academic GPA
  • Three letters of recommendation

Twenty images are required with an emphasis in the specialization you want to pursue (painting or sculpture). Images should be submitted at

If you have difficulty submitting your entry, please email Most questions can be answered with a simple email. If necessary, a technician will call you.

Degree Requirements

60 semester hours must be earned, including at least 12 hours in one area of specialization, and one hour in Thesis Exhibition. Six hours of Graduate Seminar and six hours of art history are required. Three hours of art history must be 60603 (Art Since 1945) or another contemporary art history course, depending on the schedule of classes. The other three hours in art history may be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisory committee. The remaining hours may be selected with the approval of the student’s advisory committee.

First Year
1st Semester Credit 2nd Semester Credit
Studio 4 Studio 4
Graduate Critique 3 Graduate Critique 3
Seminar 3 Art History 3
Total 10 Total 10


Second Year
1st Semester Credit 2nd Semester Credit
Studio 7 Studio 4
Candidacy (Exhibition) Graduate Critique 3
 Seminar  3 Art History 3
Total 10 Total 10


Third Year
1st Semester Credit 2nd Semester Credit
Studio 7 Studio 9
Graduate Critique 3 Thesis Exhibition 1
Total 10 Total 10

For more information, about the Graduate MFA Program at TCU contact:

Cameron Schoepp
MFA Coordinator


The painting and drawing program focuses on creating and developing as an artist with an individual voice. Image, conceptual concerns, process, and inquiry are emphasized throughout the program. We offer individual instruction, mentorship, and extensive facilities for self-motivated students. Students are provided private light filled studios, a critique room, wood shop, and digital technology necessary for employing and exploring a broad range of ideas and techniques. Studio visits with Dallas-Fort Worth painters and individual critiques are arranged each semester.

Adam Fung
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The course of study in Printmaking, individually tailored to each student’s experiences encourages the development of new concepts while offering proficiency in traditional and contemporary processes. Exploration of new media is encouraged.

Students have individual studios while enjoying the full use of the main lab which includes equipment for papermaking, bookbinding, screenprinting, intaglio, relief printing, stone and plate lithography and inkjet printing. A darkroom for photomechanical processes, a digital imaging lab, including an Epson 10,000 inkjet printer and video cameras with editing software are also available.

Rachel Livedalen
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3 Dimensional studies in Sculpture/Ceramics/New Media

Art making is the focus of Texas Christian University’s Graduate Three Dimensional Studies Program. We offer instruction and extensive facilities for the mature, self-motivated student with semi private studios and a full compliment of equipment and digital technology necessary for employing and exploring a broad range of ideas and techniques. Within this setting, the graduate is expected to use and develop practical problem solving skills and critical thought to fully realize his/her art.

Interaction and criticism with working artists and fellow graduates, as well as involvement with the broader art community of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, are vital components of this program.   Through this exchange students are challenged to develop the highest professional standards in concepts, technique, and public presentation of their art. Texas Christian University’s graduate program recognizes the unique situation of time and focus that graduate school offers, and therefore stresses the constant development and prolific production of one’s own ideas and images.

The goal of Texas Christian University’s Three Dimensional Studies Program – building a strong, confident, self-sufficient graduate prepared to reach his/her full potential as an artist.

Cameron Schoepp
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Chris Powell
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Nick Bontrager
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“Studio Art opened up many doors for me both personally and professionally ... When people see TCU on my resume it generates a positive response--I'm proud to have been a student there and I am continually reminded of the benefits it has brought my career.”

– Rachel Blackburn Cozad, B.A. '89