MFA Program Graduate Programs Memphis College of Art

MFA Program Graduate Programs Memphis College of Art

Memphis, TN
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
February 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Memphis College of Art Benefits from the Culture and Creativity of its Memphis, Tennessee, Location

Situated on a high bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in the southwest corner of the state, Memphis, Tennessee, is home to the distinguished Memphis College of Art. By choice a small, private college, it is the only not-for-profit independent art college between Atlanta and Kansas City and the only one to offer graduate study. MCA's graduate programs in studio art, photography, and art education are highly respected and known for their diverse and talented faculty of practicing professionals, their expansive, interdisciplinary approach to art training, and the high degree of faculty-student interaction.

MCA's interdisciplinary philosophy exposes students to a wide variety of creative approaches and experiences and a diverse spectrum of traditional and new media. Comprehensive exposure challenges each student's artistic approach and encourages them to expand their creativity beyond their comfort zone. MCA's ultimate objective is to develop and prepare graduate students for careers in art or teaching that will be both creatively and financially rewarding. MCA reports that 87 percent of alumni work in art-related fields.

Throughout history, the riverfront city of Memphis, Tennessee, has served as a fertile center of creativity in all the arts -- music, entertainment, and writing as well as art. Nicknamed the "King" of Country, Rock n' Roll, and Blues, respectively, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and B.B. King all got their start in Memphis in the 1950s. In this legendary city, MCA graduate students have the unique opportunity to study and expand their talents in a nurturing atmosphere of creativity.

Graduate Students Prosper from Dedicated Faculty, Art Facilities, and Unique Art Experiences

Memphis College of Art graduate programs are housed in the Nesin Graduate School in downtown Memphis just across from the National Civil Rights Museum and on the trolley line in the heart of Memphis' arts district.

The College's main building, Rust Hall, is located in a 342 acre wooded park in midtown Memphis just next door to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Memphis Zoo. Under the guidance of MCA faculty and on their own, graduate students can research the defining techniques of world-class masters and artists that span hundreds of years from the Renaissance through modern and contemporary art.

MFA graduate students can pursue their studies in traditional and non-traditional studio practice, including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, book arts, photography, printmaking, fibers, ceramics, installation, animation, public interventions, performance, video, other digital media, or an individually tailored program of interdisciplinary study.

MCA faculty encourages students to venture out and explore the art communities of major, global art centers. Museum seminar trips to Paris, Rome, London, Berlin, Moscow, and New York give students the chance to whet their experiential palettes.

MFA students have expansive studio space in the newly renovated Nesin Graduate School. The Hyde Gallery hosts exhibitions and openings for students and visiting artists year round.

Focusing on the professional artist's tradition, the Master of Fine Arts degree curriculum helps students master the skills, tools, and techniques of the visual artist. MFA graduate students can choose to focus on traditional studio practices (studio art), and interdisciplinary course of study, or photography. Their final year culminates in an MFA thesis exhibition and a written thesis document.

Tennessee's Memphis College of Art Also Offers Graduate Degrees In Art Education

There are three degree paths available to Memphis College of Art graduate students: Master of Fine Arts degrees (MFA) in Studio Practice and Photography, Master of Art in Teaching degree (MAT), and Master of Art in Art Education degree (MAArtEd).

The two art education degrees focus on the liberal arts tradition which requires education in the truest sense by not only conveying facts and ideas, but also fostering critical appraisal of them. The Master of Art in Teaching (MAT) is designed for students with a strong undergraduate studio concentration who want to become licensed art teachers. The Master of Art in Art Education (MAArtEd) is for licensed teachers who want to further their professional development.

Location & Contact

MFA Program

Graduate Programs
Memphis College of Art

Overton Park, 1930 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104-2764
United States

Eszter Sziksz


Phone: 901-272-5100

Gail Massey

Director of Enrollment

Phone: 901-272-5153
Fax: 901-272-5158

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Studio Art Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 6
    • 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? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


68% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 38
    • Accepted 26
    • Acceptance Rate 68
    • Enrolled 11
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? No
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 1st February 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st November 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesportfolio, interview, resume
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 525 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsAugust 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Teaching Assistantships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students34
    • Female Percentage59%
    • Male Percentage41%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students34
    • Part-time Percentage18%
    • Full-time Percentage82%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian88%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian6%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty36
    • Full-time Percentage64%
    • Part-time Percentage36%
    • Female Percentage61%
    • Male Percentage39%