MFA in Studio Art and Design

The Hite Art Institute’s M.F.A. program in Studio Art and Design is highly selective in order to allow students generous access to faculty and studios. M.F.A. students receive individual attention and are challenged aesthetically and conceptually. All MFA students receive a scholarship or a teaching assistantship.

Interior View of New MFA building

The 60-credit MFA is rigorous and professional. Drawing from the diverse expertise of an outstanding faculty, students in the MFA program may choose to focus in one medium or explore and combine a variety of media. Courses are offered in ceramics, drawing, fibers, glass, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture,
mixed-media, book arts, and new media.

Residing within the College of Arts & Sciences, the MFA program trains students in a multidisciplinary curriculum and challenges them to develop their creative practice in relation to cultural, social, philosophical and ethical concerns. This broad perspective on art and social roles prepares new MFA students to function effectively and meaningfully in the multicultural and global economy.

Students in the MFA program interact with Louisville's wider arts community by participating in the university's collaboration with local and regional museums and cultural institutions. Joint projects and internship programs with these organizations strengthen ties between the university and the community and give students unique opportunities to participate in civic life.

Application Deadline: January 15; extended to February 25 for fall 2020 admission.


Inside studio room of new MFA buidling


Application Process

Step 1: Apply to UofL Graduate Admissions:
All applicants must submit
an Application for Graduate Admission to the University of Louisville (including a $65 application processing fee, all transcripts, recommendations, and other relevant materials). Link to UofL Graduate Admissions.

Step 2: Apply to the Hite Art Institute:
All applicants must submit the departmental MFA Application for Admission via SlideRoom ($10 fee). Access the online Slideroom Application Portal here:

Questions about the application process? Please contact Theresa Berbet, Academic Coordinator, Senior, at

International students must fulfill additional requirements.

For further information, visit the University of Louisville Website at contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 502.852.3101.


MFA Studio room and artworks



The MFA program requires a minimum total of 60 credits (31 of which must be at the 600 level):

Requirement Credits
Studio art 27 credits
Studio art practice [ART 690, 3 semesters, 3 credits each] 9 credits
Art history, aesthetics and cultural studies 12 credits
Electives 3 credits
Graduate Seminar (ART 600, first semester) 1 credit
M.F.A. Seminar (three semesters, 1 credit each) 3 credits
Professional Internships or Service Learning
(two semesters, 1 credit each)
2 credits
M.F.A. Thesis Project 3 credits
Total 60 credits


  1. Upon entering the M.F.A. program, the student will select an advisor/mentor with whom he/she will develop a plan of study. In consultation with this mentor, the student will select courses that follow this plan and ensure timely progress toward graduation. The instructor of each course will evaluate the student’s level of achievement and progress in that particular class. Additionally, the student’s progress wiil be reviewed and evaluated in each of the four required seminar courses. Each student’s faculty mentor will, on a regular basis, review the progress of the students they are supervising and provide the information necessary for the Director of Graduate Studies for Studio Art to provide an annual review for SIGS.
  2. Upon completion of the first year and a minimum of 18 credit hours, and again upon completion of the second year and a minimum of 36 credit hours, the student will undergo an MFA Review where their progress will be evaluated by a committee comprised of three members of the faculty. The MFA student’s faculty mentor will serve as chair of the committee. Students who receive a favorable evaluation will be allowed to continue in the program and prepare a body of artwork for their thesis exhibition. Students who fail an MFA Review will be reevaluated in the following semester. Students who receive two unsatisfactory evaluations may be recommended for dismissal.
  3. Each MFA candidate will work closely with his/her mentor to develop a body of work for thesis and exhibition. During the last semester of study, the student must demonstrate artistic accomplishments through a thesis exhibition, a written thesis, and a final oral exam. The thesis committee will evaluate the student’s achievement and successful completion of the M.F.A program.

    Satisfactory progress toward the degree requires successfully performing of a number of activities, including regular enrollment in graduate courses, consistent satisfaction of course requirements within given time limits, and maintenance of an appropriate grade point average (minimum 3.0).

    MFA Faculty

    Faculty members are available to mentor MFA students in their areas of expertise:

    • Moon-he Baik:  fiber, textile
    • Todd Burns:  ceramics, sculptural ceramics, ceramic vessels, ceramic history
    • Tiffany Calvert:  painting, drawing
    • Mary Carothers:  photography, public art, sculpture, installation
    • Ying Kit Chan:  drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, art and social justice, contemporary theory and practice, art and philosophy
    • Mitch Eckert:  photography, history of photography, photographic theory, digital arts, still life, sculpture
    • Barbara Hanger:  drawing, printmaking, mixed media
    • Scott Massey:  sculpture, theory/fabrication–moldmaking, casting, welding; installation, performance, earthwork, contemporary theory and practice
    • Mark Priest:  painting, drawing
    • Ché Rhodes:  glass, contemporary art theory and practice
    • Rachel Singel:  printmaking, intaglio, relief, screen printing, lithography, digital printmaking  
    • Steven Skaggs:  graphic design, design theory, semiotics, calligraphy, typography

    Students may select up to three faculty members as their mentor in order of preference (e.g. 1, 2, 3) on the departmental application (via SlideRoom). Applicants are advised to contact the selected faculty member(s) to discuss their artwork and interest in the MFA program. Information about each faculty member can be found on our faculty web page

    For More Information:

    For more information about MFA admissions and application, visit: Admission to the MFA Program.

    Photo album of our Open Studio Weekend 2018: View Facebook album.

    About our new MFA Studio Building: Grow West: MFA Building.