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M.F.A. in Fine Arts and Design

This intensive yet flexible 60-credit program offers advanced art students the opportunity to further their creative development and pursue a graduate degree in a two- or three-year plan of study. Within the M.F.A. in Fine Arts and Design degree program, students select a concentration in painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography or computer graphics and are mentored by student-selected faculty teams.

In addition to taking courses in art history and aesthetics, students work closely with faculty to prepare a thesis project in their area of concentration. Through "Seminars in Contemporary Issues," current exhibitions, artists' writings, theory and criticism, students and faculty make full use of the University's unique position near the vast resources of New York City's museums, galleries and alternative spaces.

The beautiful LIU Post Campus, with its 307 acres of lush lawns, gardens and historic mansions, is an inspirational setting for creative endeavors. The professionally equipped studios and facilities are first-rate and include the Hillwood Art Museum, the Hutchins Gallery, the Student Art League Gallery, the Ceramics Center and the Sculpture Building. The program provides abundant opportunities for networking with potential employers in the city-wide art scene.

Career Opportunities

A Master of Fine Arts in Fine Arts and Design can lead to a rewarding career as an art conservator, art educator, art teacher, background artist for TV and film, book jacket designer, ceramist, children's book illustrator, cinematographer, commercial photographer, designer, faux finish specialist, film animator, fine artist, gallery assistant, gallery director, graphic designer, greeting card designer, magazine art director, magazine photographer, master printer, picture framer, police/court artist, photo journalist, photo researcher, photo retoucher, photo stylist, photographer, retail store art director, sculptor, sign painter, silkscreen artist, technical illustrator, typographer, wall covering designer, window display designer, or web site designer.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Fine Arts must meet the following requirements for admission.

  • Application for Admission
  • Application fee: non-refundable
  • Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities you have attended.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. The candidate must have completed an undergraduate major in Art or must have a minimum of 57 credits plus 12 credits in Art History. All M.F.A. applicants specializing in photography must have a working knowledge of digital imaging upon entering the program. Students who do not meet these requirements are welcome to discuss their options for admission with the graduate advisor.
  • A portfolio, evaluated by the Art Department faculty, is required for admission. The portfolio should contain 15 to 20 samples of your most recent work and a numbered inventory list. Samples can be original works or digital images of works submitted in PDF format or on a flash drive.  Photography applicants are encouraged to submit a portfolio of 20 original prints. Priority is given to portfolios received by March 15 for admission the following fall. Portfolios received after March 15 are reviewed on a space-available basis. After the portfolio has been submitted for review, students can apply for Graduate and Academic Assistantships. Please see below.
  • Personal artist statement that addresses the reason you are interested in pursuing graduate work in this area of study.
  • Two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s potential in the profession and ability to complete a graduate program.
  • Transfer Credits: If pertinent to the applicant's plan of study, a maximum of 12 graduate credits with a grade of B or better may be transferred from another university's graduate program (15 credits from within LIU). The transfer will take place after the completion of 15 credits within this program but the request must be made at the time of the original application to the degree program and must be approved by the Graduate Advisor.
  • Students for whom English is a second language must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 79 Internet-based (213 computer-based or 550 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 6.5.

Send application materials, with the exception of the portfolio, to:
LIU Post
Attn: Graduate Admissions
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548-1300

The portfolio should be mailed to:
Art Department Graduate Studies Office
LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548-1300
Phone: 516-299-2465
(Please indicate degree applying for on portfolio)

Graduate and Academic Assistantships

The Department of Art offers Graduate and Academic Assistantships. Apply when you submit your portfolio to the Department of Art Graduate Studies Office. Please complete a Graduate Assistantship Application, which is available from the graduate art advisor. Two letters of recommendation are required.

Masters in Fine Arts and Design
Required Fine Arts Studio courses
One of the following sequences: (2-year plan) 27 credits
STSP 601 Studio Specialization and Research I 9.00
STSP 602 Studio Specialization and Research II 9.00
STSP 603 Studio Specialization and Research III 9.00
Or (3-year plan) 27 credits
STSP 601A Studio Specialization and Research I 6.00
STSP 601B Studio Specialization and Research II 6.00
STSP 602A Studio Specialization and Research III 3.00
STSP 602B Studio Specialization and Research IV 6.00
STSP 603A Studio Specialization and Research V 6.00
Required Fine Arts Seminar courses (9 credits)
SEM 600A MFA Seminar 3.00
SEM 600B MFA Seminar 3.00
SEM 600C MFA Seminar 3.00
Required Related Art & Art History courses 3 credits)
ART 550 Art Criticism for Artists 3.00
ART 503 Creative Concepts 3.00
Required Related Art & Art History courses (3 credits)
ART 642 New Media in Art 3.00
ART 517 Design I 3.00
Four of the following courses: (12 credits)
ART 581 Art History Colloquium 3.00
ART 585 Art History Independent Study 3.00
ART 671 History of Contemporary Art 3.00
ART 672 Problems in Contemporary Art 3.00
ART 679 History Of Photography 3.00
ART 680 Concepts and Issues in Contemporary Photography 3.00
Required Thesis course (6 credits)
FTHE 708 Fine Art Thesis 6.00
Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 60
Minimum Major GPA: 3.00

Art Portfolio Review Days

Prospective students are invited for portfolio review and tour of our fine arts studios and facilities.

Individual Portfolio Reviews and Studio Shadow Visits
In 2019 September 16, October 7, November 4 and December 2. In 2020 February 19, March 2 and April 13. Call 516-299-2464 to schedule your visit.


College of Arts, Communications & Design
Dr. Jennifer Holmes, Dean
Kahn 100, Kahn Hall