Develop your unique talents by focusing on a plan of study in Ceramics, Jewelry, Painting, Printmaking or Sculpture, with supplemental studies in art history, theory, criticism and contemporary practice.
Your faculty advisor will work with you as you complete 30 hours of studio coursework in your areas of specialization plus an additional 30 hours of graduate-level work. You will mount a major studio exhibit and complete a required residency before earning your MFA degree.
The faculty and facilities of PennWest’s nationally recognized Art Department ensure you both develop your artistic skills and find ways to market them in the creative economy.
Our alumni boast a record of excellence throughout the U.S. in the fields of art practice, academia and arts administration. All are prepared for lifelong research and routinely exhibit and publish their work in their specific field of study.
PennWest Edinboro has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) since 2007. The University recently celebrated its 100th anniversary of education in visual art and art education.
U.S. News & World Report names PennWest Edinboro's Master of Fine Arts degree one of the best in the nation. GradReports ranked Edinboro's MFA program #1 in 2020 based on tuition, median salaries and achievement.
Immerse yourself in an exciting, artistic environment. Visiting artists provide inspiration, student organizations offer support, and studio facilities enable you to develop your own personal aesthetic.
You'll receive funding through a full graduate assistantship with stipend and partial tuition waiver.
Access to your own studio where you can develop your artistic talents.
Face to face
What Can I Do with an MFA Degree?
With a Master’s in Fine Arts, you will bring many skills to the workplace. Couple your creative talents with your discipline, attention to detail and ability to communicate with various audiences and you’ll find success in most businesses. Depending on your concentration, PennWest Edinboro’s MFA arms you with the toolset you need to succeed as an artist in your own studio, become a teacher of the visual arts, work in the field of advertising and communications as an art director, graphic designer or illustrator, or become a curator or administrator in a museum or gallery.
Priority Admissions Deadline: February 1
Extended Deadline: April 1
PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.