School of Art

Research + Work

Fine Arts - Art

The Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) is a two-year studio program with specialization in the areas of two-dimensional studies (painting, drawing, printmaking), three-dimensional studies (sculpture, ceramic sculpture), and media studies (photography, electronic art). The primary goal of graduate education in the visual arts is professional excellence and interdisciplinary work is supported. 40 graduate students on average are enrolled.

The program is housed in excellent facilities which include; individual studios for graduate students and studios for etching, lithography, relief printing, silkscreen, metal fabrication, ceramics, metal casting, sculpture, digital printing, darkroom work, electronic art and video, wood working, rapid prototyping, and figure drawing and modeling. Four galleries are connected to the school and college, including one in downtown Cincinnati, and these showcase student work, thesis work, faculty work, and visiting artist work.

Scholarships, graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships, travel fellowships and research grants are available. The School of Art sustains an active visiting artist program and offers additional programs/courses in professional practice, art history, art education, theory and museum studies. Cincinnati’s dynamic art community and institutions such as the Contemporary Art Center and the Cincinnati Art Museum offer many other resources and opportunities for students.

Degree: Master of Fine Arts

Duration: 2.0 Years

Location: West Campus

Contact Information:

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
Masters of Fine Arts
School of Art
2624 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-2692

Admission Requirements

Application Requirements:

  • University Graduate Application
  • Application Fee of $65 (payable online)
  • Unofficial transcript(s) from all colleges/universities attended. Note: Official transcripts are not required during the admissions process, and only unofficial transcripts are required for the application. Applicants should not send official transcripts until they are offered admission. For complete requirements please visit the Graduate School transcript requirements.
  • 3 letters of recommendation. Recommenders should be people familiar with your academic and professional abilities. The recommenders you list in your online application will receive information via email about submitting their recommendation letter online. Ask them to provide the following information:
    • who they are
    • their relationship to you
    • why they think you will succeed in the Graduate Fine Arts Program at the University of Cincinnati
  • Artist’s Statement. Include a statement (up to 500 words) describing the long-term goal to be met by graduate study.  Include the following:
    • a general introduction to the work in the portfolio
    • how you would like to creatively develop in graduate school
    • your professional interests (e.g., teaching, galleries)
    • whether you are interested in teaching while in graduate school
  • Resume
  • Proof of English Proficiency (International Students only: submit directly to UC from the testing agency, use university code of 1833)
  • GRE or GMAT tests are not required.

Submitting Your Portfolio

We are no longer accepting links to websites or hard copies of portfolios. Submit all portfolio materials online at Acceptd’s website. The application fee is $30.

title of work, date of work, dimensions, and if applicable, materials

Twenty (20) images. Images should be no more than 1 MB each, at 72 dpi. 

Between two and six works in digital imaging,, animation, sound, video, interactive, game design, coding or other new media artforms. Time-based work should be limited to a total of ten minutes or less. Samples may be submitted via disc or URL (preferred). Only work in which the applicant has played a major role in the project should be submitted. Please attach a brief statement about each work, including an explanation of your role in making the piece.

Application Deadlines

The completed application should be received by January 15th for the following fall.  Applications are accepted thru June 15th but scholarships and assistantships may not be available after the January 15th deadline.



The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

As part of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, the Art History program and Fine Arts program are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD).

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