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Graduate students in the School of Art focus on creating a robust body of work that is both technically skilled and conceptually engaged. We offer concentrations in digital art, graphic design, painting, photography and printmaking. Graduate students benefit from one-on-one relationships with professors, a curriculum designed to encourage them to situate their work within contemporary thought and practice and studio spaces in the center of Tulsa’s Brady Arts District.

The School of Art offers a three-year Master of Fine Arts, which is a degree in studio art aimed at artists interested in developing their portfolio and gaining skills to prepare them as teachers and practicing artists. We also offer a two-year Master of Arts in studio art aimed at students wishing to develop their professional practice. In both degree programs, students work closely with professors to produce a corpus of artistic work accompanied by a written thesis that explains and situates the work within historical and contemporary practices.

Program Objectives

MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN ART

At the conclusion of the degree, successful M.F.A. degree recipients should demonstrate the following:

  1. Achievement of formal and technical proficiency in the medium(s) of choice.
  2. Conceptual development of ideas and issues supporting creative research.
  3. Ability to locate the work verbally and in writing in the context of contemporary critical and art historical thought.
  4. Record of exhibiting work in the professional world and awareness of and preparation for teaching opportunities and professional practices.

MASTER OF ARTS IN ART

At the conclusion of the degree, successful M.A. degree recipients should demonstrate the following:

  1. Advanced level of proficiency and continued development of technical skills in chosen medium(s).
  2. Conceptual development of ideas and issues supporting creative work and practice.
  3. Ability to articulate the significance of the work verbally and in writing.
  4. Understanding of art history and art criticism.
Degree Options

Art, M.A.

Professional degree for those pursuing careers in art-related fields.

Fine Arts, M.F.A.

Professional terminal degree in studio art and is recommended for those individuals seeking professional careers or teaching at the university or college level.

Application Requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, the following items must be submitted to the Graduate School:

  • A completed Graduate School application
  • Statement of Purpose (admission essay)
  • 2 – 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on your academic potential
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
  • A portfolio consisting of 20 images of recent works (maximum three details) that adequately represent the focus of the applicant’s creative efforts
  • $55 application fee
  • International students who studied at a university outside of the U.S. will also need to submit TOEFL or IELTS results