Some of the Best MFA Programs

Summer vacation is almost over and you’re in your last year of undergraduate studies, wondering where to go from now? A fine arts program may be the right way to go, especially if your undergraduate studies focused on the same discipline.

Several universities have very exciting, high quality graduate education opportunities in the field of fine arts. The following list will acquaint you with some of the top programs to pursue.

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Yale University

Yale University School of Art offers a graduate degree in fine arts – the only master’s program at this particular university. Enrolling is possible solely for those who have covered all requirements in residence and who have been recommended by the faculty. The diploma can be received after a minimum of two years in residence.

Students can choose between various fields of specialisation like graphic design, painting and/or printmaking, photography and sculpture.

Tuition for 2016 is set at 35,300 US dollars. There could be some additional fees for out-of-state candidates and you may want to check the university’s official website for the details.YaleUniversity has a couple of financial assistance options, as well as loans for potential students. Admissions are closed in early January, making it vital to have applied sooner; best choice would be early summer, when the queues are shorter.

Rhode Island School of Design

Those of you who are looking forward to the excellent study programs at the Rhode Island School of Design will be happy to hear that it was ranked second best in the US News and World Report for the particular major. The university offers more than 20 master’s degrees in 16 architecture, fine arts and arts education disciplines. Every year, about 425 graduate students enrol in the various programs for a period of two to three years.

Courses include studies in furniture design, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, digital media and painting. Tuition fees for all master degrees in fine arts start at 45,530 US dollars. Financial aid is given to about 40 percent of the highly artistic individuals who demonstrate academic excellence.

Though this educational opportunity is on the expensive side, Rhode Island School of Design has excellent facilities where students can practice new skills. All of the necessary materials and supplies are included in the cost of education.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

For all the prospective graduate students in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, there are a number of possible MFA programs to choose among. The graduate program could focus on fields like writing, photography, sculpture, sound and print media. A low-residency master of fine arts program will also be available during the 2016/2017 academic year.

TheChicagoSchool of the Art Institute has been in the top positions for the last couple of years, when it comes to graduate studies in the field of fine arts. It is a renowned university that has been accredited for the last 79 years.

Many celebrities have graduated from this institute including Grant Wood, Jeff Koons and Georgia O’Keeffe. This school has relatively high tuition fees, when compared to others (nearly 40,000 US dollars) but the excellent program and the low student to professor ratio justify the expenditure.

University of California – Los Angeles

The University of California – Los Angeles is also very famous for the graduate learning opportunities that it provides, especially in artistic fields like painting, sculpture and photography. The Department of English also offers MFA programs in writing and in English language.

Students who want to enrol will have to cover a minimum of 72 quarter units of coursework to get their MFA. For the MFA in Writing and English, the diploma is acquired only after a successful course of two years in residence and a third one, during which the students compile and write their thesis.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Completing the top five is Virginia Commonwealth University and its graduate programs in fine arts. While many focus on small study groups,VirginiaCommonwealth is the specialist in individualised education. Several types of MFA degrees are available, including specialisation in the written arts.

Just recently, the university celebrated its 175th anniversary. Best-selling author David Baldacci and the renowned novelist Tom Robbins are just two of the famousVirginiaCommonwealthUniversity alumni.

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