Texas Tech University

Student using welder at 3D Annex

School of Art
Master of Fine Arts
Studio Art

master of fine arts in studio art

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.

Program Specific Information

what sets us apart

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.

Facilities & Technology

The Ceramics, Metals and Sculpture areas provide state-of the-art facilities in the recently renovated 3D Art Annex building.  

3D Art Annex

The 3D Annex is a 26,000 sq ft space that houses the Jewelry, Ceramics, and Sculpture concentrations.

Outside pic of 3D Art Annex



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.


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.


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.


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 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.




Cody Arnall


Contact the Coordinator

Cody Arnall
MFA Coordinator