Studio Art


Applications Open until February 17, 2023 at 11:59pm

Apply through our easy two-step process:

1. Submit to the BGSU Graduate School

2. Submit materials to our SlideRoom portal

The graduate programs in BGSU's School of Art have strong national reputations. Within these programs, students will find outstanding faculty and a broad range of studio and academic disciplines, housed in excellent facilities. These various disciplines are united by a deep commitment to excellence, creativity, and scholarship, and they are sustained by rigorous examination of contextual, conceptual, and technical issues informing students' work. In the graduate programs at BGSU, we strive to create a productive community of diverse artists, designers, and scholars unified by our commitment to excellence. Students come to BGSU from all over the United States and the world. As BGSU alumni, they continue to achieve high levels of professional recognition, both in terms of exhibition and publication successes, and in obtaining jobs in college and university teaching, museum and curatorial work, and in community arts programs. 

In addition to the MFA program, we offer several other graduate programs: MA in Art Education and MA in Art History, and an MDes in Integrative Design.


MFA in Studio Program

The Master of Fine Arts in art program is designed to produce professionally competent artists who are aware of the great traditions in art and related cultural fields. The intent of the program is to produce graduates who are more than mere technicians in art. Students receive training in the fundamentals, and achieve a level of competence that enables them to contribute to the field of art. The MFA program prepares students to become either professional artists or teachers of art after receiving the degree.

MFA students may choose from the following majors:

  • Digital Arts (includes Computer Animation, Digital Imaging and Interactive Media) 
  • Three-Dimensional Studies (includes Ceramics, Glass, Jewelry/Metals and Sculpture) 
  • Two-Dimensional Studies (includes Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking)

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    Graduate Faculty in Studio

    The School of Art Facilities

    The painting and drawing studios are housed in spacious rooms with natural light and large easels. The photography studio features a spacious enlarging room for black and white film, computer lab, as well as a photography studio with professional lighting. The printmaking studio contains well-equipped facilities for lithography, silkscreen, intaglio and relief as well as a darkroom for photomechanical print work. The ceramics studio contains equipment for throwing and hand-building and a kiln yard that houses soda, salt, and wood kilns constructed by students. The glass studio contains equipment for working with hot and cold glass, kiln formed glass, lost wax glass casting, cutting and polishing glass and flameworking. The jewelry, metal and object design studio is equipped for working with a variety of metals including silver, brass, copper and gold, along with equipment for casting, enameling, forging, and electroforming. The sculpture facility features 12,000 square feet of space with studio lofts and a variety of equipment, including a 5-ton bridge crane, engine hoist, forklift, steel fabrication space, tool crib, plaster, wax, clay and general work areas. The School of Art Integrated Shop includes woodworking equipment as well as a CNC machine, laser cutters, 3D printers and plasma cutter, as well as a small computer lab.  The Digital Arts and Graphic Design studios house three large computer labs with high-end Macintosh and PC computers, a wide variety of up-to-date graphics software, and large format digital printers. The Media Cage houses equipment such as digital/video cameras, tools, sewing machines, tripods, TVs, projectors, etc. for checkout by faculty and students. Most of these facilities are accessible to graduate students on a 24/7 basis. Furthermore, all students accepted into the MFA program with a graduate assistantship are assigned a private, shared studio space.

    Questions? Contact our Graduate Coordinator, Mike Arrigo.

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    Updated: 10/12/2022 01:18PM