Art—Painting and Drawing Concentration, M.F.A.

Master of Fine Arts
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About This Degree

M.F.A. students focus on independently directed studio art practices guided by faculty mentors toward a research project that culminates in their thesis exhibition. Throughout the program work is produced in the Studio I-IV courses and discussed in the four Master Critique courses. These courses are thematically organized and change each semester to cover a range of current and relevant topics in Art and Design. Group critique sessions involving all MFA graduate students are the central feature of the Master Critique courses. Ideas and information gathered in these production and critique courses aid in directing the student toward his/her thesis. Elective courses support the student’s thesis work by developing and supplementing skills and knowledge outside the student’s primary studio art practice.

Students in painting class

Give yourself the time you need to work on your craft and develop your voice. Build a portfolio. Advance your career in the arts. Whatever your reasons for considering our Master of Fine Art in painting and drawing, at NJCU you'll benefit from:

  • Flexible scheduling: study full-time or part-time.
  • Close personal mentoring from faculty.
  • Access to classrooms and workshop spaces.
  • Dedicated studio space.

Our 60-credit M.F.A. degree program is the terminal degree for those who wish to pursue a college or university teaching position and is the predominant degree track for those pursuing professional studies in art and design. 

The core of the program is structured around self-initiated/faculty directed studio work, group critique, and art theory courses.