• Black and white painting of a man in angst holding his phone to his open mouth
  • Abstract art


Our art programs offer intense, professional education in the aesthetics and theories of the visual arts. Students will be trained in the skills and intellectual awareness that are the basis for a future of creative and professional achievement in the visual arts.

Undergraduate Art Degrees

The art program is an intensive studio-based art practice experience. Emphasis on producing and critique work is an integral part of the studio experience; offering multiple classes in a variety of both traditional and non-traditional processes such as photography, sculpture, and installation. Students will engage with their art practice in both studio-based works as well as research and theoretical analysis. Primed for the contemporary art world, UNLV offers students the experience of both a B.A. and an intensive B.F.A. program for studio arts.

Admission Requirements

B.A. Degree Programs

Minimum university GPA: 2.30, and maintain a minimum 2.70 in art courses.


Minimum university GPA: 2.30 AND attain and maintain a 3.00 GPA in all departmental courses throughout the program.

All declared art majors must satisfactorily complete the following core program of introductory-level courses before declaring an intent to pursue a B.F.A. degree in an area of concentration within the program: ART 101, ART 107, ART 108, ART 156, ART 260, ART 261, ART 266.

After completion of 59 to 74 credits, a portfolio review by the full department faculty is required for acceptance into the B.F.A. program. Accepted students will then select a committee of three full-time art faculty members to guide and evaluate their progress through the program.

Students who do not meet the minimum GPA may be admitted on a probationary status at the discretion of the art faculty.

Graduate Art Degrees

The UNLV MFA in the College of Fine Arts is a research-­based program that uses a tutorial and seminar system as the primary basis for teaching. This means graduate students come in direct contact with faculty whose personal work is focused in a variety of media. At the same time that graduate students are encouraged to investigate new mediums and explore interdisciplinary options, they are also exposed to an experience-­rich environment and guided through an exploration of the creative process The possibilities for interaction with established artists are increased by visiting artists and artist in residence program. MFA candidates are encouraged to establish and articulate their own creative and productive values. Each student is provided with individual studio space. There are a number of graduate assistantships available to assist and support students in their pursuit of the Master of Fine Arts degree. In addition, the UNLV studio art program is placed in a unique geographical position, which creates unlimited aesthetic opportunities minutes from the surrounding desert and the Las Vegas Strip.

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 Art Department and the Graduate College.

Admission Requirements

Minimum undergraduate degree requirement: B.A. or B.F.A. in Art with 60 credits in art/art history or equivalent. All applicants can apply through the UNLV Graduate College.

Extra Curricular Activities

A diverse and dynamic metropolitan region home to 1.5 million people with campus studios are located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, McCarran International Airport, and Downtown Las Vegas. The stunning surrounding desert environment includes Red Rock National Conservation Area and Valley of Fire. Death Valley National Park and Michael Heizer’s Double Negative are both located two hours outside of Las Vegas.


Graduate assistantships is based on portfolio submitted.

State-funded positions

Graduate assistants (GA) awarded state-funded positions are under contract and receive a minimum stipend of $15,000 at the master’s level for nine-month contracts. Tuition reduction assistance and rewarding skill-building experiences are just a few of the added benefits.

Student health insurance

Graduate assistants may opt to enroll in the student health insurance program. Depending on the funding sources, GAs may receive $1,000 toward the annual health insurance premium.

Out-of-state tuition waiver for non-Nevada residents

Out-of-state graduate students who become graduate assistants are not required to pay out-of-state tuition while under GA contract. It should be noted, however, that out-of-state tuition is waived only during the time you hold your assistantship. Hence, if you are no longer a GA, you will be considered an out-of-state student (and pay out-of-state tuition), unless you have applied for and received Nevada residency, as defined in the residency regulations established by the Board of Regents.

Graduate assistants are appointed by the university to conduct work in exchange for a stipend package. In this capacity, they are expected to report in the same timeframe as faculty (i.e., during academic semesters and not during a break or vacation times). Graduate assistants must report to work one week prior to the first day of instruction, both fall and spring semester.

It is expected that the graduate assistant will spend a maximum of 20 hours per week fulfilling research or teaching requirements.