Art, MFA

The Herberger Institute School of Art MFA program seeks to provide a stimulating and challenging environment for artistic and intellectual growth. We recognize contemporary art practice may emerge from within a distinct material practice but usually involves working across a variety of media and methods. As a result, prospective students select an area of focus for their creative research and studio activity but can expect to develop their own path through curriculum, availing themselves of human and facilities resources throughout the program. Areas of focus may be chosen from among a range of media and methods including:

  • ceramics
  • drawing
  • fiber arts
  • intermedia
  • metal arts
  • painting
  • photography
  • printmaking
  • sculpture
  • wood arts

With the realization that discipline, familiarity with historical precedents and freedom go hand in hand, the program strives to strike a balance between supporting the acquisition of skills and technique and encouraging independence, innovation and critical reflection. Responsibility is placed on the individual student to find personally meaningful content and an effective means to express that content within and across the art disciplines. Graduate students enjoy studio spaces determined by their area of focus, engaged creative research with faculty and access to graduate facilities.

Partnerships with the ASU Art Museum collections and staff, a strong guest artist schedule and other special professional development opportunities enhance the program.

Further information can be found in the program description on the school webpage.

Degree Offered

Art, MFA
Design & the Arts, Herberger Institute for


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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2016 Catalog of MFA Student Work

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