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Art: Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art Studio


MFA students concentrate in areas that include photography, installation, media, painting, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics. Or, go beyond traditional studio arts with Social Practice Queens (SPQ), a concentration in social practice that is the only program of its kind on the East Coast.

  • Use the arts to creatively activate social change
  • Study in an MFA program that intersects with many other disciplines—environmental studies, social justice, public policy, urban studies, media studies, and more

Queens College has always offered an outstanding Studio Arts program. Now we’re pioneering new ways of creating and making an impact with SPQ, a field that combines artistic practice with social outcomes and community-based activities. We’re partnering with other CUNY departments and the Queens Museum (acclaimed by the New York Times for its “ track record for making history as well as showing it”) to forge a new blend of art and activism.

Why pursue Art at Queens College?

  • Work with accomplished faculty in the area of your passion
  • Bring us the concept you’re excited about—we’ll help you make it happen here
  • Explore nontraditional studio art with Social Practice Queens (SPQ)
  • Create art in prime studio space, and be inspired by all the museums and galleries of a global art capital
  • Integrate technology with studio practice—our resources include 3-D printing and one of the few foundries for metal casting in New York City

Admissions Requirements

  • 3 letters of recommendation, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, and a 500-word essay
  • Your portfolio webpage (URL) should be submitted in your application

Learn More:

Visit the Studio Art page
Visit the Social Practice Queens page
Financial aid information

The Master of Fine Arts program in studio art is designed to assist serious artists in the development of their work. The heart of the program is independent work in the fine arts in the student’s chosen specialty, complemented by required courses and electives. Attendance usually is full time, with four semesters required to complete the program. Admission is selective, limited to those who have already demonstrated both a commitment to art and the promise of further development. Students are provided with individual studios and share additional workspace in wood, printmaking, and metal workshops. Shared ceramics, computer, and photography facilities are also available. The MFA degree is generally recognized as the appropriate academic credential for teaching art in college.

Requirements for Matriculation

These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for matriculation.​
1. In addition to three letters of reference, each candidate for admission shall submit a portfolio of work as prescribed by the committee. This portfolio shall be examined by the committee, which shall have the authority to accept or reject the candidate.
2. Undergraduate study should consist of at least 30 credits in art; students shall have taken the equivalent of a two-semester survey course plus two elective courses in the history of art.
3. Normally, each candidate for admission will be interviewed by a member of the committee. This requirement may be waived at the department’s option.

Directions for Portfolio Submission
All applicants to the Master of Fine Arts program must submit a webpage (URL) displaying 15 work samples with captions and project explanations as needed. If your work is primarily video, then submit one complete video (up to 30 minutes) along with up to 4 five-minute samplings of other video works. Please also include on the website copies of your resume, the names and titles of the three people writing your recommendations, and your personal essay. The personal essay statement should indicate if you are applying for a particular concentration in one of the following areas: Painting, Sculpture, Installation, Photography, Ceramics, Media, Social Practice Art. The portfolio URL is submitted in your Queens College Graduate Admissions application. 


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 Admissions at a Glance

Fall Priority Deadline February 15
Spring Priority DeadlineOctober 15

Letters of Reference 3
Essay  500 Words
PTE  68

Accepts Non-MatricNo

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