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Art and Design Studio (MFA)




What will I learn?

Art and Design Studio at SIUE

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is a terminal studio degree designed to further the individual development of degree candidates and to provide them with professional competency in the studio arts. Areas of concentration in the Department of Art and Design include:



Graphic design







At SIUE, all areas of study are taught by College of Arts and Sciences faculty who are practicing art professionals who, maintaining vigorous national exhibition schedules, make SIUE one of the most comprehensive studio art programs in the region.

SIUE is home to two connected buildings devoted exclusively to art and design. Art and Design West were completed in 2012 and is a LEED-certified building. The renovation of Art and Design East was completed in 2013 and includes larger, improved studio spaces. Each graduate student in the art studio program has their own private studio with year-round, 24-hour building access.

Career Opportunities

A graduate degree in art studio is intended to prepare students for a wide variety of careers, including work in museums, art galleries, cultural institutions and academia.

Many alumni from the Department of Art and Design live and work in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Recent graduates from the MFA program at SIUE have found successful careers at many established institutions, including Craft Alliance, St. Louis Artworks and the Lumpier Sculpture Park and Museum. They have exhibited in local and regional galleries and museums. Many of our alumni have gone on to receive commissions, become master printers, preparatory, gallery directors, designers, museum staff and university educators.


  • Painting
  • Graphic design
  • Photography
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Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (60 hours)

Tuition fees
$15,750.00 (12,99,505) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

8 January 2024


College of Arts and Sciences

Peck Hall, Room 3409,



62026, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicant hold an undergraduate degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

For international students

Successful completion of a bachelor's degree prior to enrollment

Minimum GPA of 2.50

International English Language Testing Systems - (IELTS) - Score - 6.5

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Score - 79

Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency - Score - 64

Pearson Test in English (PTE) - Score - 53

Duolingo - 110 (no component score below 90)

The deadline for admission is February 1 of the preceding spring semester. Additional applications will be considered after this date on a space-available basis.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is a nationally recognized, public institution offering high-quality, affordable education programs.

  • Affordable tuition with excellent scholarships available
  • Stunning campus setting just 25 minutes from St. Louis
  • Accredited programs taught by full-time faculty
  • Diverse and welcoming student body