Prospective Graduates & Information


All applicants to the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design are required to submit:

All applicants to the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design are required to submit:
– Completed online application (no paper applications accepted)
– Application deadlines for MFA Studio and MA Art History is February 1, 2019. Application deadline for MAEd and MAT is April 1, 2019
– $50 application fee
– Portfolio and Statement of Intent for the MFA, MAEd, and MAT degrees
– Writing sample and Statement of Intent for MA Art History
– Three letters of recommendation for Studio, Art Education, or Art History
– Two official transcripts from all other schools that you have attended
– GRE test scores required for the in Art History only

Points to consider when choosing the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design for the M.F.A. program:

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, in the College of the Arts at Georgia State University, features an internationally active faculty and a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for professional careers in art and design. The programs foster critical thinking and dynamic artistic production within an interdisciplinary environment. The school offers an MA in Art History, MA in Art Education, MAT and MAEd in Art Education, and an MFA in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Textiles.

–MFA degree that is NASAD accredited
–The school is a member of the newly-formed College of the Arts which offers degrees in Music, Visual Art, Film, Theater, and New Media.
–All MFA students receive full tuition waivers and monthly stipends as part of assistantships and numerous MA/MAEd research assistantships are granted with equal benefits
–Graduate assistantships are available for students in the MFA Studio programs, MA in Art History, and MAEd programs.
–Eligible for competitive fellowships including the premium Welch Fellowships. The fellowships fund students for the entire three years of study, in addition to the student’s regular stipend and full tuition waiver.

–Georgia State University has been recently and increasingly recognized for its commitment to diversity, research, and innovation, ranked as the 14th most diverse student body in the nation and the 4th most innovative. For more statistics and to learn about #thestateway, visit here.

—For more information about the program and requirements, visit the 2018/2019 Graduate Handbook.


Art Fair Participation

As a signature, professional experience, third year MFA candidates are exposed to international art fairs, given the opportunity to travel and exhibit. This will be the eighth consecutive year for the MFA program to be featured at Aqua Art Miami, and supported with an exhibition catalog authored by a guest essayist, artist Julian Hoeber. This unique opportunity yields career-building experience from curator and collector networking, exhibition leads, as well as art fair planning, management, and direct sales  Click here a for our Aqua 2016 program.

Welch Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series

The year-round calendar of lectures provides students with access to a diverse mix of renowned artists and scholars encouraging artistic discourse, and leading studio critiques and workshops. Among the visiting artists include Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Wafaa Bilal, Julian Hoeber, Marlene McCarty, Mark Scala, Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, Nicole Eisenman, Amanda Ross-Ho, Chris Wiley, The Propeller Group, Jaap Blonk, Art Werger and Bethany Collins, among others. Visit here for this year’s calendar.

Artists in Residence

Every two years, an artist is invited to teach and work at the school as a part of the Welch artist-in-residence program. Recent artists-in-residence have included Radcliffe Bailey and João Enxuto with Erica Love.


Partnerships and Conferences

In the past year alone, the school has partnered with influential art organizations such as the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance and co-hosted the 2017 Southern Graphics Council International Conference (SGCI) annual conference. This fall of 2017, the school partnered with Atlanta Celebrates Photography, the High Museum of Art, and CENCIA to bring an internationally acclaimed group of photographers to the Welch galleries and on campus for dialogue, a panel discussion, and in-class critiques. Artists involved included Cheryle Pope, Pixy Liao, Deborah Bright, and Marilyn Minter. In November, the school will also partner with the online arts publication, BURNAWAY, for its inaugural and multi-disciplinary MFA open studio night.


Thesis Exhibitions and Art Venues

The Welch Galleries support the curriculum by curating regional, national, and international art exhibitions throughout the year, while providing a venue for thesis exhibitions. The galleries host presentations and panel discussions, providing students with personal access to professional artists and scholars. Additional art venues include the student-run Cage Space, Gallery 650, and the Edgewood Sculpture Studio for critiques, artist talks, and informal exhibitions. Graduating Welch MFA’s also have the opportunity to have solo exhibitions at the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Gallery 72, the municipally owned art gallery located in the heart of downtown.

Off-Campus Programs

In summer 2017 the school took students to the Venice Biennial, Documenta 14, and the Münster Skulptur Projekte. The Art & Education program also hosts a recurring summer semester in China.


Urban Location

Georgia State University is located in downtown Atlanta within a diverse and vibrant urban setting. The campus is in proximity to prestigious art institutions such as the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Contemporary, MOCA GA, and a solid network of commercial galleries, alternative spaces, and grassroots artist organizations. Alumni, faculty, and students are very involved in the expanding and ever-evolving scene of the international hub, having founded a number of artist-run organizations, nonprofits, and creative publications.

24-hour Access & Studio Spaces

MFA Studio majors are provided with 24-hour access to private & semi-private studio space, which allow for creative exploration and research in their area of study. Click here to learn about our Welch facilities and resources including the Creative Media Center, Edgewood Sculpture Studio and the Visual Resource Center, which is one of only eleven institutions worldwide that houses the Skowhegan Lecture Archive. Students also have access to resources at the Creative Media Industry Institute and the makers space, EXLAB.




Core Faculty

Darien Arikoski-Johnson, George Beasley, Jeffrey Boortz, Kimberly Cleveland, Ryan Crooks, Melanie Davenport, William Downs, Craig Dongoski, Craig Drennen, Tim Flowers, Nancy Floyd, Jill Frank, Ralph Gilbert, Maria Gindhart, Glenn Gunhouse, Dawn Haynie, Kevin Hsieh, Jess Jones, Pam Longobardi, Melody Milbrandt, Joe Peragine, Susan Richmond, Jason Snape, Ruth Stanford, Matthew Sugarman, Constance Thalken, Elizabeth Throop, Christina West, and Michael White

Visiting Lecturers

Nicole Benner, Katherine Cunningham, Meta Gary, Rebecca Howard, Stephanie Kolply, Lauren Michelle Peterson, Neill Prewitt, Jennifer Siegler,  and Catherine Trugman

For more information, visit here.
If you get lost in the process or need additional information, please contact:

Wes Harvey
Graduate Coordinator
Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design
Georgia State University
10 Peachtree Center Ave., Room 124 Art & Humanities Bldg.
Atlanta, GA 30303

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Application deadlines for MFA Studio and MA Art History is February 1, 2019. 
Application deadline for MAEd is April 1, 2019