Our M.F.A. tuition is fully waived and all graduate students have opportunities for stipends and assistantships.
These full-time degree programs encourage excellence through experimentation, cross-disciplinary pursuits, and critical analyses of existing ideas about art, art teaching, and art history. The programs foster critical thinking and dynamic artistic production within an interdisciplinary environment.
Explore Our Programs
The Master of Fine Arts in Studio program offers concentrations in nine different disciplines, but encourages multi-medium exploration. All MFA students receive full tuition waivers and monthly stipends as part of assistantships, 24-hour access to personal studios, and a third year experience for residency travel, funding, or exhibition opportunities.
Enhanced Involvement Opportunities
Third Year Opportunities
As a signature, professional experience, third year MFA candidates are exposed to international art fairs, given the opportunity to travel, and exhibit. Last year, students exhibited at Aqua Art Miami during Basel week and this year, third year MFAs attended a two-week summer artist residency in Burren, Ireland. Other students have had the opportunity to go to Europe for the Venice Bienniale, Documenta 14, and the Münster Skulptur Projekte. The Art Education program also hosts a recurring summer semester in China. Additional supplemental funding is provided for students to pursue summer residencies and Art History graduate students qualify for a writing mentor series with a local art publication. These unique opportunities yield career-building experience from curator and collector networking, to professional practice, and offer experiences from focused art making and exposure to the greater, international, contemporary art scene.
Welch Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series
Thesis Exhibitions and Art Venues
Affordability and Scholarships
24-hour Access & Studio Spaces
Application Requirements: Deadline February 1, 2023
— Portfolio and Statement of Intent (M.F.A., M.A. Ed., and M.A.T. applicants)
— Writing sample and Statement of Intent (MA Art History applicants)
Our M.F.A. Students Lead and Influence the Atlanta Art Scene
Artists of every level—emerging, late career, successful, or struggling—are unremittingly in search of funding. This hustle for support, via grants, purchases, commissions, and fellowships, are a part of the contemporary art game, one that isn’t easy, is sometimes political, and not always equitable. The competition for financial backing is unrelenting in normal economic conditions, and this year has been anything but normal. Enter Photography M.F.A.Talecia Tucker.
OUR STUDENTS ARE HARD WORKERS, RESILIENT AND MOBILIZERS IN THE COMMUNITY.
Past Graduate Thesis
Graduate Artist Forum
Administration & Staff
School Director: Michael White
Assistant Director: Dr. Susan Richmond
Business Manager: Candiss Addison
Public Relations Coordinator: Jac Kuntz
Administrative Coordinator: Liz Flamming
Gallery Director: Cynthia Farnell
Room 117 Art & Humanities Bldg.
Room 124 Art & Humanities Bldg.
10 Peachtree Center Avenue SE
Art & Humanities Building
Atlanta, GA 30303
USPS Mailing Address:
Georgia State University
Ernest G. Welch School of
Art & Design
P.O. Box 3965
Atlanta, Georgia 30302-3965