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MFA Programs in Studio and Design

The MFA Program of the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a three-year course of study committed to training artists and designers at the highest professional levels, offering an MFA degree with specializations in Painting, Sculpture, Photography, New Media, Ceramics, Metal, Graphic Design, and Industrial Design. The School of Art + Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and is regarded as one of the outstanding public university art programs in the United States.

The MFA program at the University of Illinois emphasizes the development of individual practice in preparation for careers in both fine arts and client based contexts, including gallery practice, product/media design, university research/education, public or community-based work, curatorial practice, performance, and activism. Applicants are invited from a variety of backgrounds, preferably but not exclusively with BA or BFA degrees in the fine arts. MFA students at the University of Illinois are typically motivated, independent, and interested in contextualizing their traditional and non-traditional practices within a stimulating environment of rigorous interdisciplinary critique.

As a tier-one research university, Illinois offers a climate of rigorous production and inquiry by nationally and internationally recognized faculty and students. Frequent research and education partners for the School of Art and Design include Landscape Architecture, Computer Science, English/Creative Writing, Theater, Music, the Krannert Art Museum and the Institute for Communication Research. MFA students may take classes in any campus unit. The University of Illinois MFA Graduate Faculty are professional artists and designers–active at the highest levels of academic, professional and creative production.

Application deadline is 5 January 2010.

Contact: Marsha Biddle, Coordinator in Graduate Academic Affairs, mbiddle@illinois.edu or Conrad Bakker, Assistant Director of Graduate Studies cbakker@illinois.edu, School of Art + Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 143 School of Art + Design, 408 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820, USA; tel.: (217) 333-0855; www.art.illinois.edu