Master of Fine Arts

The LSU School of Art offers graduate students seven concentrations leading to the Master of Fine Arts: ceramics, digital art, graphic design, painting & drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The MFA is a three-year program. Students are required to complete 60 hours of coursework, a thesis paper, a public exhibition, and oral defense of their work.

Download the MFA Graduate Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements

Admissions are selective and applicants are evaluated on the basis of GPA, letters of recommendation, and portfolio quality. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree—Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), or a Bachelor of Science (BS)—to be considered for the graduate program.

Admission Procedures

Master of Fine Arts graduate applicants must apply to the LSU Graduate School. You must have either a BA, a BFA or BS degree to be considered for the MFA program. Up to 12 hours of graduate credit may be transferred from NASAD-accredited institutions within the United States. For restrictions, please see the Graduate School Bulletin under “Transfer of credit.” Please note that a GRE score is not required for admission to the MFA program (only to the MA program for art history).

LSU Graduate School Admissions

Candidates can apply online at the Graduate Admission Application. Please direct questions to the graduate school at 225-578-2311. Application deadline for the awarding of assistantships is Feb. 1.

The following materials are required:

  • Application for admission to the LSU Graduate School, including a narrative statement of purpose
  • Application fee
  • One set of official transcripts for all previous college or university work
  • Appropriate test scores (for many international applicants, TOEFL)
  • Letter of intent
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Twenty images of recent work
  • Three letters of recommendation


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