MFA in Visual Art


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Our MFA program educates artists who will define and change the future of their disciplines. It instills students with the agency and resiliency that will be essential to the next generation of artists.

Led by professor and newly appointed chair Lisa Bulawsky, the program is home to an inclusive, close-knit community of renegade makers and thinkers, and offers students a site of rigorous inquiry, humanity, and intellectual generosity. In fall 2021, we will launch a new curriculum. Learn more>>

As part of Washington University, a tier-one research institution, the School’s expansive facilities and studios serve as a think tank for intellectual and material experimentation. Each year, through the Freund Fellowship, Island Press, our Public Lecture Series, and other programs, we bring in renowned artists, designers, and critics to campus, for lectures, studio visits, and reviews. Learn about our recent visitors>>

We are proud of our location in St. Louis, which serves as both an extension of the studio and site of engagement for art and artists. Learn about St. Louis>>

The Sam Fox School’s MFA in Visual Art professionally prepares students for a diversified approach to the field of contemporary art that nurtures sustained, lifelong engagement while recognizing multiple pathways and definitions for a career in the arts and culture.


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Faculty & Visitors

Get an inside look at what our faculty make and learn about their diverse practices and research>>

Alumni & Careers

Our alumni go on to amazing careers as artists, professors, entrepreneurs, designers, & more. See where they are now>>

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Check out Otherwise, the official publication of the MFA in Visual Art program.

How to Apply

The application for fall 2021 admission to our MFA in Visual Art program is available here. The application deadline is February 5, 2021.

We offer competitive scholarships and financial aid, including several full-tuition awards.

Learn about the application process and get tips on assembling your portfolio here>>

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Student Work


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