Through academic and public programming, the Department of Art collaborates with UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, a network of campus galleries, and The College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts boldly launches visionaries not only in art and design, but also in dance, film, theater, set design, entertainment design, music, and architecture. Graduate students have the opportunity to work with a diverse art/art history faculty whose work engages a variety of media, including site-based installation, sculpture, ceramics, photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, performance, intermedia, graphic design, and digital art. The Department regularly presents visiting speakers and hosts artists-in-residence. Students gain valuable professional development and work experience while connecting with community partners through Graduate Internships.
The MFA Program, which is a part of the UNLV Graduate College and fully accredited by The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), is jointly administered by the Department of Art and the Graduate College.
The UNLV Department of Art invites self-directed artists and designers to apply for the Fall 2022 MFA Program in Art. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2022. More information about the application here.
Applicants to the program leading to this degree must hold a Bachelor of Arts in Art (or an equivalent degree) from an accredited university.
Applications to apply for Fall 2022 are available on the UNLV Graduate College website. The application for admission, annual application for graduate assistantship, 3 letters of recommendation and transcripts should be sent directly to the Graduate College by February 1, 2022. Additionally, the following application materials are required by the Department of Art:
To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must submit for approval items 1-3 as a single PDF:
- A written statement of intent (500-800 words). The statement of intent should describe the philosophy, motivations and objectives of your artistic research and discuss how the UNLV MFA Art Program and faculty, the University community, and time making art in Las Vegas will help you further your academic and career goals.
- Portfolio of 20 recent work samples which represent your strongest work from the past three years, with an emphasis on work from the past twelve months. Please submit high-quality images (jpeg files max dimension of 1024 px @ 72 dpi, up to 5MB each). We recommend submitting no more than 1-2 large images per page for ideal viewing. Under each image: title, medium, dimensions, date, and a 30-word max description, as applicable, for each work. Time-based or interactive media: please submit as a link (website link, Vimeo or YouTube channel link) and note that we will review up to 15 minutes of time-based work per applicant. Include title, media details, password for password protected videos, date, and a 35-word max synopsis, as applicable, for each work.
- Curriculum Vitae/Resume with relevant experience and education.
- Label PDF: first name_last name_year.pdf ie. J_Chavez_MFA_2022.pdf
These materials should be emailed to Wendy Kveck at email@example.com with the subject heading “Fall 2022 MFA Art Application” no later than February 1, 2022.
Please direct questions to Wendy Kveck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selection criteria for graduate students include:
Potential for dynamic growth and leadership within the Department of Art, the College of Fine Arts, and the UNLV and Las Vegas communities;
Artistic excellence: the work demonstrates exceptional research and skill in its execution;
Content of the work: the artist presents a unique perspective and ambitious, creative exploration into formal and conceptual relationships within the work and a consideration of historical/ contemporary social, political, or cultural context. The artist poses interesting questions and transforms ideas into new forms that are productive, exciting, and promising of future work;
See the College Art Association’s guidelines on how to write an Artist’s Resume here.
For more information, visit the degree page.
Extra Curricular Activities
Las Vegas is becoming a center for inventive, resourceful, transformative art and design practice. One of the most affordable big cities in the US, it is a cultural crossroads and dynamic metropolitan region, home to 1.5 million people. Of note in the area: The Neon Museum, The Believer Festival, Rogers Art Loft, Area 51, Meow Wolf, The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, Michael Heizer’s Double Negative and City, Hoover Dam, and Seven Magic Mountains. Beyond the spectacle of the Las Vegas Strip, the surrounding desert landscape is jaw-dropping; it is an easy drive to Red Rock National Conservation Area, Valley of Fire State Park, and Gold Butte National Monument which includes cultural sites sacred to the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians and the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe. The Grand Canyon, Los Angeles, and the coast are also easy day or weekend trips.
Graduate assistantships are awarded based on the submitted application and portfolio materials.
We encourage all applicants to apply for a Graduate Assistantship during the application process.
Applicants may apply for Graduate Assistantships in teaching, research, and professional development which financially support and advance students who have rare opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research, contribute to the development of curriculum, manage studios and shops, and work alongside community members, local organizations, and other departments on campus. Assistantship packages include: tuition waivers for 9 credits in the Fall, 9 credits in the Spring and 3 credits in Summer session; $15,000 stipends for 9-month contracts; and healthcare insurance. It is expected that the graduate assistant will spend a maximum of 20 hours per week fulfilling research or teaching requirements.
Please visit this Graduate College page for comprehensive information about Graduate Assistantships and how to apply.