Master of Fine Arts

About the program

SUVA’s unique 2-year Master of Fine Arts program allows students to customize their course of study, linked to their individual career goals.

Students are encouraged to experiment both inside and outside of their discipline, and engage in rigorous conceptual research in order to make the most well-informed and impactful artwork.

MFA students work closely with faculty mentors to clarify their vision for the future and develop the diverse range of skills forward-thinking artists need to stand out from the crowd.

Cover image: Autumn Bree

Location:

Tucson or Albuquerque

Duration:

2 years

Core Faculty:
Contact:

800.825.8753 (toll free) or email us

Attending SUVA’s graduate program and working one on one with a mentor really helped me find my voice as an artist and create the work that I cared about.

Morghan Presson

Course descriptions

GR525/GR540/GR625/GR640 Graduate Seminar (Credits 16)

MFA students from all disciplines gather in a forum to critique their work and discuss issues in contemporary studio practice are investigated with the participation of visiting artists and faculty.


GR530/GR545/GR630/GR645 Graduate Studio (Credits 23)

Meeting one-on-one with a graduate faculty advisor, MFA students practice, resolving technical, conceptual, and aesthetic issues relevant to the production of a personal body of work.


GR535 Creativity and Visual Thinking (Credits 3)

Case studies in how creative people develop original and purposeful works will be studied as students learn to combine multiple aspects of the developing systems approach to creative work.


GR635 Exhibition and Project Management (Credits 3)

Students apply the fundamental skills of exhibition management including: curating, exhibition design, contractual agreements, art handling and registry, installation, creation of interpretive materials and programming, publicity, and documentation.


GR 650 Professional Self Promotion (Credits 2)

Students combine insights into creating a portfolio, networking, and thinking ahead in their specific emphasis.


GR 655 Thesis Exhibition: Synthesis and Praxis (Credits 4)

In this course, students build the verbal and written communication skills necessary to successfully articulate and present a graduate thesis proposal for a completed body of work.

Special topics

Every graduate student can choose between 3 to 6 units of special topics courses for their MFA. View the list here.

  • Curriculum

    In the Graduate Studio course, students conduct conceptual research and create artwork independently with guidance from a faculty mentor. Students from all disciplines converge weekly in interdisciplinary seminars to discuss ideas, share their artwork, and provide feedback to each other. Students also discuss concepts relevant to their studio practice in a wide range of Special Topics courses. Upon completion of the MFA program, students demonstrate their ability to make relevant and effective artwork by presenting their work in the Annual MFA Thesis Exhibition.

  • Facilities and Resources

    MFA students enjoy personal space as well as excellent common facilities on campus. Graduate students have exclusive, 24-hour access to the Graduate Studies Center, which contains semi-private studios assigned to each student, computers with state-of-the-art software, wide-format Epson printers and kitchen facilities.

    In addition to the graduate center, students in the MFA program have access to the following common facilities:

    • Black-and-white darkroom
    • Wood and metal fabrication shops
    • Printmaking studio
    • Sound booth
  • Areas of Emphasis

    Motion Arts

    In the Motion Arts emphasis, graduate students explore traditional animation techniques and current digital methods for narrative projects, interactive media and video installation for commercial or fine art outcomes.

    Graphic Design

    In the Graphic Design emphasis, students explore design methodologies, design media and visual communication theories. Students might choose to tailor their programs to specific areas of interest, such as print or digital media, through projects and exercises. Students learn how color theory, design and drawing affect society. Aspiring artists examine the role of graphic design in contemporary society and investigate original visual expression.

    Sculpture

    In the Sculpture emphasis, students explore ways to express their ideas in three-di- mensional space through a mastery of process and informed use of materials.

    Painting and Illustration

    In the Painting and Illustration emphasis, graduate students study a range of contemporary approaches – the use of non-traditional media, re-use and appropri- ation, immersive environments, process-based practices, and digital technologies.

    Photography

    In the Photography emphasis, coursework includes studies of the photographic archive, 19th and 20th century photographic histories, creative strategies behind micro and macro formats, contemporary abstractions, and digital practices.

Undergraduate programs

We offer a range of art and design programs at SUVA