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MA Art: Studio Practice

Built around a core of research-intensive creative investigation, the three-year, full-residency Studio concentration of the MFA in Art: Studio Practice degree at Portland State University focuses on interdisciplinary experimentation and the exploration of ideas through the experience of making.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 3 years
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: $444 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

Art: Studio Practice students are supported in a range of production disciplines, from the traditional to the emerging, as they consider the multiple ways art can live in and beyond the studio.

Resources that promote an environment conducive to challenging and rigorous study include close ties with resident faculty; dialogue with visiting artists and scholars; seminars in current issues, theory, and contemporary art history; exhibition and travel opportunities; collaboration with students and faculty in other disciplines and a comprehensive teaching practicum.

The School of Art + Design has multiple galleries, state-of-the-art computer graphics, and multimedia facilities, a foundry, a welding studio, a printmaking studio with etching and lithography presses, a darkroom and wood and metal workshops. Portland State University 50-acre urban campus serves as a laboratory for sustainable practices.

Mission Statement

Driven by a belief in the power of art to shape society, the School of Art + Design and its dynamic faculty provide a place where emerging artists, designers and art historians can question, create, reflect and learn.


Courses Included

  • Contemporary Art Practice/Directed Studies
  • Visiting Artist Program/Group Critique
  • Contemporary Art History Theory
  • Graduate Seminars
  • Electives (outside Art Department)
  • Exhibition Project/Statement