MFA in Visual Arts

Master of Fine Arts

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The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree at William Paterson University, located in Wayne, NJ is designed as the professional visual arts degree for the fine artist, designer, and media artist. A stone’s throw from New York City, William Paterson’s MFA program is dedicated to providing the MFA candidate with a rigorous environment in which to focus on professional goals and artistic excellence. Our community of peers and mentors are all pursuing the enhancement of imagination through the creation and interpretation of meaningful work in art, design, sculpture, graphic media and the visual arts. William Paterson Master of Fine Arts faculty members have a substantial professional and educational background and are dedicated to highest standards of artistic endeavor.

The MFA in Visual Arts is offered as a three-year, full-time MFA degree program, or as a five-year part-time MFA degree program. WPU serves the greater New York and New Jersey area, offering flexibility and excellence. MFA students choose from visual arts course offerings that include computer art and animation, painting, printmaking, sculpture and digital sculpture, ceramics, photography, and graphic design. Fully equipped studios in all areas provide the resources necessary for the actualization of a wide range of two dimensional (2D art), three dimensional (3D art) and time based work.

The University’s proximity to Manhattan and greater New York City gives ready access to the concentration of working art professionals, the availability of world-class museums, the proliferation of private galleries, and the accessibility of major libraries and collections. Visits to artists’ studios, guest lecturers, and possible internships complement the program of study at the Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts program.