Masters of Fine Arts

The Fine Arts Department at the University of New Orleans offers a Master of Fine Arts degree in studio art. Traditional and experimental approaches to visual art production are encouraged and supported. The categories of painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, digital art and video are frequently used as a starting point for discussion and development. The fundamental mission of the MFA program is to provide a structure through which talented and self-motivated graduate students can prepare themselves for a career as a professional artist.


Application Procedure:

The application to the UNO MFA program is now done entirely through the online application through the Graduate School.


In the application it will ask for a portfolio, please submit a link to a DOWNLOADABLE pdf. You can make the pdf in Microsoft word or a number of other programs and can use sites like Dropbox or YouSendIt to upload the pdf.


This pdf should include:

  • 20 images/stills/documentation of work.
  • Under each example of work, include a description (Medium, Size, Date, Runtime, etc)
  • If applicable, include links to videos, animations, performances, etc

Questions can be directed to


Graduate School Application:

Transcripts sent to the graduate school

  • February 1st: 1st consideration of applications for, Assistantships and Scholarships for students seeking admission in the Fall semester
  • November 1st: For students seeking admission for spring semester. This is extremely limited because spots are usually filled for the fall.
  • May 1st: last date of consideration for acceptance for Fall semester. This is extremely limited because spots fill usually fill during the first round of applications.


Applications may be considered throughout the year, if space allows. Contact the Fine Arts office for more information by calling 504.280.6493. More information on the Graduate School Application is available at Admissions. University catalogs are available online at the Office of the Registrar.


After a student has applied to the Graduate School, the entire application will be evaluated by the Committee on Graduate Studies of the Department of Fine Arts. To be accepted into the program, applicants must have an undergraduate degree and a high academic average in scholastic and studio work. Applicants who are admitted to the Fine Arts program will be assigned a sponsor by the Graduate Admissions Committee. The sponsor is a member of the Fine Arts Graduate Faculty who agrees to accept the responsibility of guiding the student through the program and who regularly teaches or exhibits professionally in the student's major area.


Students who are deficient in certain areas may be admitted on a conditional basis. They must complete both the regular requirements and fulfill the conditions imposed by the Committee on Graduate Studies. Time Limit: The MFA program is a three year full-time residency. However, all requirements for the Master of Fine Arts in Fine Arts must be completed within six years.


Degree Requirements - Students will complete a minimum of 60 hours of courseware distributed as follows:

  • 6500 level classes are Major studio I. This is focused practice where students work with their sponsors to develop a working schedule and meet regularly to discuss work, developments and studio influences.
  • 6600 level classes are Major studio II. This is where studio practice and the written thesis will develop cohesion. By working with the faculty and specifically your sponsor you will begin to develop a body of work and language that will become your finished thesis paper.
  • 6700 level classes are Minor studio. Here you will approach a faculty member you want to spend concentrated time with during the semester developing a separate body of work that parallels your major studio practice.
  • 6800 level classes are Seminar. Even though you only take seminar three times during your time in the program you will expected to attend every semester. Seminar can range from group discussion to field trips and seminar workshops.
  • 7000 level classes are Thesis. This is concentrated thesis writing credits. Time devoted specifically to writing your thesis.


MFA proposed timeline -

Semester 1: FA 6501, 6701, 6801 and a Graduate level art history

Semester 2: FA 6502, 6702, 6801 and a Graduate level art history

Semester 3: FA 6503, 6504, 6703 - CANDIDACY


Midway through the program, an MFA student's eligibility for graduate candidacy will be determined by the Committee on Graduate Studies, who will arrange for a verbal examination and review of the student's artwork. This review and examination is designed to determine if the student is making satisfactory progress and is prepared to proceed to the Thesis Stage, which includes a written Thesis and a Thesis exhibition.


Semester 4: FA 6601, 6602, 6801 and a Graduate level art history

Semester 5: FA 6603, 6604, 6704 and 7000

Semester 6: FA 6605, 6606 and 7000 - Thesis Exhibition