Why Ernest G. Welch?


-Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) that establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees.

-Presents a myriad choices for undergraduate art degrees such as BA, BFA, or advanced degrees such as an MA, MFA, and MAE.  New to the program is an accelerated dual degree in Art History.

-Offers competitive budget-friendly tuition

-Celebrates cultural diversity in a vibrant urban setting.

-Led by an esteemed faculty composed of award-winning artists and scholars who have, through years of professional experience, gained the skills and insights required to help students chart their own artistic and scholarly paths.

-Equips students with technical and research resources from a state-of-the-art, digital Creative Media Center to the Visual Resource Center and its vast database including the archive of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture’s distinguished lecture series spanning more than fifty years.

-The program is a unit of the College of the Arts, along with the GSU schools of Music and Film and Theater. The College of the Arts is a community of professional visual and performing artists, designers, scholars, educators and professionals who believe the arts provide a distinctive way of participating in society. Arts faculty are practicing professionals who regularly perform, exhibit and present their research and creative work in nationally and internationally significant venues.

Accepted MFA Candidates


-Accepted students receive full tuition waivers and monthly stipends as part of assistantships.

-Are eligible for competitive premium Welch Fellowships.

-Receive real life art world experience that include workshops to gallery shows and annual art fair engagement.  This will be the seventh year that the Welch School of Art & Design will exhibit at Aqua Art Miami — the International Contemporary Art Fair during Miami Basel Week.

Highlights from the 2015 Third Year MFA Thesis Shows can be found here.