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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: 

The MFA in Studio Art is a three-year, critically engaged, creative practice program, supported by a research university environment, production facilities, and spacious, private art studios, set in beautiful natural surroundings.

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In addition to completing the Graduate School application, the following application materials for the MFA in Studio Art should be emailed directly to the Department of Art graduate program admissions: Please include your name and MFA in Studio Art Application in the email subject line. You can send up to 25 MB in attachments, please ensure that your Artist Portfolio PDF is adequately sized for this inbox limitation. 

Include the following: 

1. Artist Portfolio: 20 visual images, pages or slides that document your recent artwork in a presentation format such as: PDF, PPT, Google Slides, personal website, and video hyperlinks. The Artist Portfolio should include image captions stating the artwork title, media/materials, and date of production. Short project descriptions within the portfolio, or a separate image captions document may be included. Video and durational media should be hyperlinked and playable online within a web browser (personal website, Vimeo, YouTube, Google Drive).

2. Statement of Purpose / Artist Statement: (between 500 and 1000 words) artist statement, creative research, aims in pursuing graduate study (this document is also submitted with the Graduate School application portal).

3. Resume/CV: Curriculum Vitae, including contact information, education, exhibitions, professional experience, awards or recognitions (this document is also submitted with the Graduate School application portal).


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

Graduate Program Director in Studio Art:   Isak Berbic

Graduate Secretary:   Lisa Perez