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Majors & Degrees

Visual Arts

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

Earn your visual arts degree

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.

The MC experience

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.

Choose Your Focus

The M.F.A. program finishes with a creative thesis before graduation, which combines a major studio project with research and writing on thesis topics.

Two-Dimensional Concentration

Students who choose the two-dimensional track will choose from courses in painting, drawing, printmaking and other two-dimensional media. 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.

Three-Dimensional Concentration

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.

Career options

Artists pursuing a visual arts path have the opportunity to apply their creativity in roles such as:

  • Illustrators
  • Painters
  • Sculptors

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.

Take the next step

We’d love to connect with you to help you begin your journey to becoming a
Mississippi College graduate. Visit campus, request info, or apply today.