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Art, Design, and Art History

Students will demonstrate skills and intellectual awareness that contribute to creative and professional achievement.

Undergraduate Art Degrees

Our programs offer studio-based experiences as well as opportunities for research and theoretical analysis.

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 three-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is studio-based and research-focused with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity, community engagement, and professional development. Each MFA student is provided with individual studio space. Graduate Assistantships in teaching, research, and professional development financially support and professionally 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. Full fellowships and stipends are available. As the culmination of the program, each MFA candidate produces a public graduation thesis project.

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 which boldly launches visionaries not only in art and design, but also in dance, film, theater, set design, entertainment design, music, architecture, and related disciplines. 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.

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.

The UNLV Department of Art invites self-directed artists and designers to apply for the Fall 2019 MFA Program in Art. More information about the application here.

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.

Student Work

MFA candidates work between a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, fiber arts, photography, digital art, video and performance while investigating a range of aesthetic, formal and conceptual concerns. Over the course of the academic year, the Department hosts a public MFA Open Studio.