Texas Tech University


MFA in Studio Art - General Information

January 15 for Fall semester with full financial consideration; applications will be accepted until April 1 with no guarantee of any financial assistance.
October 15 for Spring semester.

How to apply

Prospective students apply to the School of Art's MFA program in studio art through the application portal of the Texas Tech University Graduate School.

A complete Graduate School application will include the following:

  • Application submitted through the TTU Graduate School Portal
  • Official transcript(s), sent directly from institution(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation, including recommenders' contact information
  • Registration Fee
  • A portfolio of 20 images of your work, in one pdf, with title, media, size and date under each image. Keep the entire pdf under 50 mb. If your portfolio contains any video material, please include a live link to a service that hosts the video.
  • For international students: Passport and additional documents that prove your eligibility to study in the United States

Once you have submitted your application to the TTU Graduate School, please contact Associate Professor Cody Arnall. He will verify that all your documentation is in order and keep track of your application process. 

Entrance Qualifications

The Master of Fine Arts degree (M.F.A.) is the recognized terminal degree in the practice of art. It is offered with a major in art and requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate work. Specialization is possible in the areas of Ceramics, Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or SculptureDrawing, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Ceramics, Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing, and Sculpture may be selected as a secondary concentration. In addition, Drawing and Transmedia may be used as studio electives.

Admission to the M.F.A. program normally presumes that students hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art. A graduate preview committee, composed of three graduate faculty members in the school, will examine the student's portfolio and hold a personal interview, if feasible, with each student who meets the minimum entrance requirements of the Graduate School. On the basis of these examinations, the preview committee will make recommendations concerning acceptance to the M.F.A. program and will determine and prescribe any leveling work to be completed before or after acceptance. Students applying for the Master of Fine Arts degree program do not need to submit scores for the Graduate Record Examination.

2022 MFA Handbook

About the Program

The goal of the School of Art at Texas Tech University, located in the Texas Panhandle, is to provide the highest standards of excellence, foster students' intellectual, creative and personal development, and, as the university's tagline "from here, it's possible" states, cultivate preparedness and the ability to fully realize one's potential. We expect our MFA students to develop unique and individual ideas, rigorously engage in creative activity, and achieve the highest skills needed to teach at the college level.

The Ceramics, Metals and Sculpture areas provide state-of the-art facilities in the recently renovated 3D Art Annex building.  In addition to a strong visiting artists/speakers program, several of the studio areas present biannual or triennial symposia, including the Texas Sculpture Symposium and Texas Metals Symposium. Ceramics and Printmaking faculty present national juried exhibitions such as Clay on the Wall and Beyond Printmaking every three years, pushing the boundaries of traditional media through contemporary discourse. Diverse dialogues in art are promoted by hosting curated exhibitions and visiting artists through the Landmark Arts Exhibitions & Speaker Programs.

In addition, MFA faculty and students promote their creative research by exhibiting their work in the outside world. Recently, MFA students have taken the leadership in organizing exchange exhibitions with other MFA programs at Georgia State University and Indiana University. Painting students have played an integral role in organizing and presenting MFA group exhibitions in Houston, Laredo and San Angelo, and have presented at FATE and TASA conferences. Photography students are contributing to the Millennial Collection of photographs documenting the Llano Estacado region as well as running the SRO Photo Gallery, which annually presents eight solo exhibitions by emerging national photographic artists.

MFA program alumni are serving as educators around the USA and world, and many of them serve in top administrative roles at their respective universities.  In addition, artwork by MFA alumni can be found in the permanent collections of museums around the country and recent MFA alumni are actively involved in the dialogue of contemporary international art.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Cody Arnall.