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Are you looking to increase your skill set, expand your range of creative work, or prepare to move into other art careers? Consider continuing your art education on a graduate level. You may not need a Master’s degree to be an artist, but the benefits are numerous. Many artists and art students choose to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts not only for the enhancement of their personal creative and professional abilities, but in order to qualify themselves to teach other art students at a college level. At Mississippi College, we believe that the ability to teach others what you do is firm proof of mastery, and this is just one of many opportunities the M.F.A. provides.
Reach a new level of maturity as an experienced and well-prepared professional artist, show the world that you are capable of a high level of informed creative work and aesthetic thought, and prepare to take your place in the educational world through the education you’ll receive in studio and lecture courses in the creation of visual art, art history and art education.
The Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art degree is a 60-hour program (approximately 20 courses) offered with both two-dimensional and three-dimensional concentrations. Students who choose the two-dimensional track will choose from courses in painting, drawing, printmaking and other two-dimensional media. Students who choose the three-dimensional major take courses in sculpture, ceramics and mixed-media experimentation.
Both concentrations expand students’ academic experiences and guide them in creative growth, advanced ideas and procedures, and high levels of aesthetic thought and creative effort. Students in both iterations of the program can also take electives throughout the department, along with individually prepared projects in studio and research areas.
The program finishes with a creative thesis before graduation, which combines a major studio project with research and writing on thesis topics.
Few art schools in Mississippi offer the individual attention of Mississippi College. Take advantage of the faculty, facilities, resources and encouragement offered in this art education program and elevate your craft to the next level.
Enrolling in visual art school at Mississippi College means becoming part of an institution that has been committed to Christian education and academic standards since 1826. It also means becoming a part of a program that cares about flexibility as much as tradition.
M.F.A. program options are customizable depending on student interest, and courses are offered in the evenings to fit the busy schedules of today’s students.
If you are looking for terminal art programs in Mississippi, contact Mississippi College for more information on admissions and graduation requirements.
For our students interested in visual arts degree careers, Mississippi College is a comprehensive career exploration partner, bridging the classroom with your future job role.
Visual artists use a variety of materials such as glass, clay and textiles to produce artistic creations for sale or exhibition.
Artists pursuing a visual arts path have the opportunity to apply their creativity in roles such as:
Visual arts degree career outlook
The current outlook for visual arts major jobs includes an average visual arts degree salary of $44,380.
For more visual arts degree career information, visit our Career Services department.
Mississippi College's physical address is 200 S. Capitol Street, Clinton, MS 39056.