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MFA in Studio Art - Sculpture University of Tennessee



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The MFA program is a 3-year program, and encourages advanced aesthetic and conceptual development through self-directed exploration. Professional dialogue, discussion and critical thinking are at the core of this program. Independent studio work is balanced with intensive investigation of critical, conceptual, and historical issues. Graduate students receive critiques from Sculpture Area and School of Art faculty, as well as from visiting artists.

Graduate students are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary manner; student work within the graduate sculpture program varies widely by both material and subject matter. Graduate students each take 5 credits of the Graduate Sculpture Seminar for their first four semesters. This course has two parts: independent self-directed studio work and participation in a seminar class aimed at placing this work in a critical, conceptual, and historical context. All course work including elective and art history requirements are completed in the first two years. The third year of the MFA program is devoted solely to the development of the thesis exhibition.

Academic Standards

  • First-year evaluation: At the end of the first two semesters in residence, the student must present a portfolio for evaluation by the faculty and receive permission to continue in the program.
  • Second-year evaluation: With completion of all coursework, the student must present work for evaluation by the faculty and receive permission to register for Project in Lieu of Thesis.
  • If, in a review by the student’s major area faculty, the student’s progress is deemed insufficient, the faculty may recommend a work period without advancement toward the degree, probation with specific goals set for a specific time, or dismissal.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MFA in Studio Art - Sculpture.

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

$31,139.00 (22,82,022) per year




College of Arts and Sciences

312 Ayres Hall, 1403 Circle Drive,



37996, United States

Entry requirement for international students

An undergraduate major in art or evidence of equivalent proficiency.

An applicant requesting admission to the Graduate School may be required to submit results of the TOEFL or IELTS. Minimum score requirements for admission to the Graduate School are:

  • a total score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT),
  • a 6.5 overall band score on the IELTS.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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