Master of Fine Arts - Art


The three-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) – Art 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 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. 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. Engagement with faculty, peers and the Las Vegas cultural community creates an experience-rich environment that guides MFA candidates in their exploration of creative research activities.

Department of Art MFA – Art alumni exhibit and publish their work regionally, nationally and internationally, and contribute to their communities and the field of contemporary art as artists, designers, writers, educators, creative directors, administrators, arts advocates and cultural producers.

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Available Options

  • Post-Bachelor’s Track
  • Post-M.A. Track


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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, student work will:

  1. Demonstrate mastery in the processes that encompass chosen areas of concentration.
  2. Identify and articulate the ethics, motivations, and influences guiding artistic practice through presentation, group critique, writing, and discourse.
  3. Demonstrate a critical awareness of work within a broad and diverse context of contemporary culture, art, design, history and theory.
  4. Publicly exhibit completed works in galleries or other cultural venues.
  5. Demonstrate critical and analytical thinking skills through the development of images, research, and artist statements and the professional presentation of those materials.
  6. Articulate a critical awareness of the roles of the artist in society and the impact of art within communities and economies.

Career Possibilities

It is expected that the thesis work establishes a serious and independent foundation and makes an original contribution to the field of art. The UNLV/MFA in studio art is interested in developing individuals who have the potential of sustaining themselves subjectively through their creative work and ideas. This creative work may manifest itself not only through exhibiting work in galleries and museums but also in related fields as: curatorial positions in galleries/museums, design institutions, architectural firm s contributing to city/environmental activities and film industries.


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Post-Bachelor’s Track

Post-M.A. Track


Graduate Coordinator

Wendy Kveck

Visiting Assistant Professor, Graduate Coordinator

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Department of Art

The Department of Art at UNLV offers BA, BS, BFA, and MFA degrees in the unparalleled creative environment of Las Vegas.


College of Fine Arts

The College of Fine Arts provides an academic experience that heightens awareness of the physical, intellectual, and cultural world while preparing students for professional employment and/or post-graduate study in their artistic area.