University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Art M.F.A.

Master of Fine Arts - Art

Degree Specific Credits: 60

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

  • At the core of our M.F.A. program is a close one-on-one mentorship with professors and regular critiques with fellow students. Students investigate ideas and process deeply and develop their understanding through studio work, research, writing, presentation, and critical analysis. The coursework includes:
    • individual study with professors,
    • theory and criticism,
    • professional development and college teaching,
    • critique colloquia, and
    • thematic studio explorations.
  • Students are limited to only six (6) credits of graduate-level approved 400-level courses.


Art History and Critical Theory - Complete 6-9 credits of the following courses:6-9
Critical Theories in the Visual Arts I
Critical Theories in Visual Arts II
Graduate-level Art History or open elective chosen in consultation with your advisor
Independent Studio Research - Complete 24-29 credits of the following course:24-29
Graduate Studio Research: Art
Graduate Critique Seminar - Complete 10-12 credits of the following course:10-12
Graduate Critique Seminar
Pedagogy, Professional, Open Elective, Expanded Studio, and Thesis - Complete 13-16 credits of the following courses:13-16
Pre-Candidacy (1x2)
Graduate Pedagogy
Beyond Art School
Thesis Paper
Thesis Exhibition
Other graduate-level open elective courses chosen in consultation with your advisor
Total Hours53-66