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MFA Program New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture

  • New York, NY
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 66%34%
    student ratio
  • Not Reported
    total students
  • $21,875 | $21,875
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


The New York Studio School Is Committed to Excellence and Investigation in Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture

The New York Studio School is a place where drawing, painting, sculpture, and art history are studied in depth; there are no distractions other than these four major preoccupations. It is a School run by professional artists, based on total commitment to the pursuit of excellence and research in drawing, painting, and sculpture. The building itself first served as Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's salon and studio, then as the Whitney Museum of American Art, and finally, since 1966, as the New York Studio School. The painters, sculptors, and art historians who teach reflect a variety and diversity of attitudes, held together by a common bond: that of quality, integrity, and intensity of research.

The School aims to engage students in an ongoing dialog about drawing, painting, and sculpture; to encourage hard work and rigorous thinking; to empower one to construct unique ethical and philosophical frameworks for a life's work. Graduating students leave the School with a mature understanding of the vocabulary of art, an engaged imagination supported by a strict work ethic, the passion of vision, and the ambition to live as an artist.

M.F.A. Program Offers Concentrations in Painting or Sculpture Merging a Rigorous Studio Practice with Critical Studies

The M.F.A. program offers concentrations in painting and sculpture to graduate students who possess a bachelor's degree or equivalent prior to enrollment. The M.F.A. requires maintenance of a full-time, studio practice, with students focused on their work a minimum of 40 hours per week for the duration of two years.

Students choose a core faculty member with whom they work under in the atelier model each semester in the first year. Faculty are present in the atelier two days each week and students are expected to continue working on the objectives set by the faculty throughout the week. In the second year, faculty contact hours are reduced as students work in semi-private studios towards the completion of their individual thesis project.

Studio practice is balanced with Critical Studies courses in addition to peer and instructed critiques. Lectures and seminars are held throughout the semester, as well as small group discussions with current and visiting faculty. The Critical Studies courses provide the groundwork for students to compose the statements that support their final thesis project.

Degree candidates will be assessed on a continual basis throughout their time at the School. Courses are graded by faculty in accordance with the School's grading policy. These credits must include all required courses. A residency of at least two academic years is required to complete the degree.

Campus in New York City

Located in Greenwich Village, the school is in the heart of one of the world's truly great cities. New York is rich in culture, tradition, art, design, and diversity. There are innumerable resources that can be found in New York and the surrounding East Coast. Students and faculty of the school take every opportunity to participate in the rich cultural, artistic, and social life of New York City.

Location & Contact

MFA Program

New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture

8 West 8th Street
New York, NY 10011
United States

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Sculpture Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
    • Painting Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition for full-time graduate student per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$185.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • * Fees for full-time graduate students
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFinancial Aid Application
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableFinancial Aid & Scholarships



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