MFA in Studio Art

The NYU Steinhardt MFA program in Studio Art offers students the opportunity to study with accomplished artists and scholars within an interdisciplinary setting. The two-year program provides students with private studios and access to facilities in painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, digital media, and sculpture.


The MFA Studio Art program requires the completion of 60 units during 2 years of full-time study culminating in a Thesis Exhibition at the 80WSE Gallery on Washington Square Park in the last semester of the second year. The program has no restrictions on media, and students are encouraged to work with whatever formal means are best suited to their ideas.

During the course of study, students engage in a team-taught interdisciplinary critique class each semester, as well as one full afternoon each week of individual studio meetings with visiting artists, full-time faculty, and visiting faculty. Seminar and studio courses are also offered as electives. Students study with faculty who are acclaimed artists, critics, and writers with diverse interests and disciplines who see teaching as an integral part of an ongoing and influential creative practice. Drawn from the surrounding New York art-world, yet deeply engaged with their students, the relationship between the faculty and students represents the core of the MFA community. 

MFA studios and facilities are located in the Art Department’s six-story Beaux-Arts Building at 34 Stuyvesant Street in the East Village. Students have the opportunity to exhibit their work during Open Studios as well as solo installations and group shows at the Art Department’s 80WSE Gallery.

The Visiting Artist Lecture Series is organized by the students and held in the Fall each Thursday following the afternoon studio visits.  Lectures are open to the public and visitors are welcome.

Learn more about the course offerings and mission of the MFA program.