Texas Tech University


MFA in Studio Art - General Information

January 15th for Fall with full financial consideration.
October 15th for Spring semester.

How to apply

Interested candidates applying for admission to the MFA program will apply first to the Texas Tech University Graduate School through the How to Apply portal.

A complete Graduate School application will include the following:

• Application - How to Apply Portal
• Official transcript(s), sent directly from institution(s)
• Recommenders contact information
• Registration Fee
• For international students: Passport and additional documents that prove your eligibility to study in the United States

Once you register in Liaison, contact MFA coordinator Stacy Elko (soa.mfa.coordinator@ttu.edu). She will verify that all your documentation is in order and will 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 sculpture. Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Ceramics, Jewelry, and Sculpture may be selected as a secondary studio option. 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 a portfolio of the student's work 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.

2017 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 BeyondPrintmaking 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 program.  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.  In addition, 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. Further, 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 younger MFA alumni are actively involved in the dialogue of contemporary international art.

MFA Program Coordinator: Professor Stacy Elko

MFA Thesis Exhibitions: Spring 2019