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The Master of Fine Arts at the State University at Stony Brook is a flexible 60 credit three year terminal degree program combining studio practice and critical inquiry. Ideally located halfway between the art centers of New York City and the Hamptons, Stony Brook offers a unique opportunity to study in a quiet and spacious setting while maintaining close contact with the pulse of the art world. Our M.F.A. program limits its residencies to no more than 20 students. Students are provided with individual studio space at the graduate studios at Nassau Hall, a facility that also features large common spaces, shops and computers. Foundry, metals, and wood shops; a ceramics studio; darkrooms and a shooting studio; printmaking studios; and five digital labs and video facilities are located in the Staller Center. A variety of exhibition venues are available on campus. Students are expected to participate in a regular cycle of solo and group shows in the Lawrence Alloway Memorial Gallery, and to contribute work in their final year for the annual M.F.A. exhibition in the Zuccaire Art Gallery.

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Lawrence Alloway Memorial Gallery, Solo Thesis Exhibition, “Seven Hundred Thirty-Five” Alisha McCurdy, MFA 2012

The Department of Art also offers graduate degrees in art history and criticism with an emphasis on 20th century and contemporary art. M.F.A. candidates are encouraged to enrich their practice and studies by taking courses in art history and criticism, or in some other area of the liberal arts. They may choose to pursue one of a number of graduate certificate programs including Art and Philosophy, Cultural Studies, and Women’s Studies. A written thesis is required for completion of the M.F.A. degree. Students also gain valuable teaching experience first as observers and then as teachers of their own undergraduate level courses for a minimum of two semesters.

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South Campus, MFA Headquarter, Studio View: Ye-seul Choi, MFA 2016

Application Guidelines: 

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:

  1. Statement of Purpose / Artist Statement:  (250-500 words) describing the applicant’s reason for pursuing graduate study.
  2. Resume/CV:  Applicants must submit a resume which should include professional experience as well as related activities, such as research, awards and exhibitions.
  3. 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 to <>   using .  Please do not email directly.

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

Graduate Program Director in Studio Art:   Isak Berbic

Graduate Secretary:   Lisa Perez