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Come study with us in a rigorous and dynamic environment with critically informed faculty who are working at the intellectual and artistic frontiers of their respective fields. To be considered for the highest levels of funding and support, applications must be received by January 15, 2021. All other applications will be accepted until March 1, 2021.

M.A. & Ph.D Application Guidelines:

The MA and PhD programs in Art History & Criticism are uniquely focused on modern and contemporary art. In both programs, we offer a dynamic and individually crafted curriculum that engages art history as an evolving and interdisciplinary field, with special strengths in global modernisms, and media, technology, and visual culture. Our faculty are internationally renowned scholars, curators, and teachers. Our students go on to successful careers as arts writers and curators, researchers and educators, consultants, and arts professionals in museums, galleries, and arts institutions. A limited number of scholarships are available to exceptional candidates at the MA level.

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MFA Application Guidelines:

The MFA in Studio Art provides a supportive, creative, and rigorous environment for material research and critical inquiry through the process of making art. Our MFA studios are large, private, individual spaces set in beautiful natural surroundings. Our renowned faculty have expertise in both traditional and experimental media. Their art projects involve dynamic research in contemporary art, social practice, artificial intelligence, public art, and tactical media. Our graduates are able to create a meaningful connection to their art practice and are prepared for professional careers as artists and educators, but also for careers in production, industry, or gallery and museum work.

MFA applicants should follow the standard application procedure required of all potential students.  This includes the submission of transcripts, resume/CV, letters of recommendation and statement of purpose.

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In addition, the following should be submitted directly to the Art Department:

Statement of Purpose / Artist Statement: (250-500 words) describing the applicant’s reason for pursuing graduate study.

Resume/CV: Applicants must submit a resume which should include professional experience as well as related activities, such as research, awards and exhibitions.

Visuals: 20 visual images with short project description (100 words).  Still images should be less than 5 MB and videos should not exceed 60MB.

All applicants must submit these files electronically to using  We Transfer.  Please do not email directly.

Stony Brook University is an equal opportunity educator/employer. AA/EOE