Fine Arts, MFA

The two-year Master of Fine Arts program at Penn is focused on the professional development of studio artists. Through studio work, seminar courses, international residency opportunities, and interactions with vital working artists, the program provides an open intellectual framework to foster critical awareness and independent methods of artistic research. Students extend their conceptual strategies while inventing and then refining their own hybridized forms of art-making methods. The program encourages exploration, extending studies into other disciplines within the Weitzman School of Design and the University at large through a rich selection of outside electives and optional certificate and dual-degree programs.


A total of 19 course units are required for graduation.

FNAR 5010Graduate Studio I2
FNAR 5020Graduate Studio II2
FNAR 6010Graduate Studio III2
FNAR 6020Graduate Studio IV2
FNAR 7010Graduate Critique I1
FNAR 7020Graduate Critique II1
FNAR 7030Graduate Critique III1
FNAR 7040Graduate Critique IV1
FNAR 8010/8030Critical Issues in Contemporary Art1
FNAR 8020/8040Critical Issues in Contemporary Art1
Select 3 FNAR electives 13
Select 2 General Electives2
Total Course Units19

With permission of the Department Chair, a student may substitute up to 3 FNAR elective requirements with general (outside) electives.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.