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MFA - University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

  • Deadline:
    Jan. 15, 2014, midnight
  • Location:
    University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Master of Fine Arts, Hanes Art Center, 115 South Columbia Street
, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27599-3405, US


Application Deadline:
 January 15, 2014

We are currently recruiting for our two year, interdisciplinary MFA Program in Studio Art at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Department of Art.

Our MFA program is an intense two-year program focusing on the professional development of studio artists that fosters conceptual rigor and formal innovation. We support the development of practical and critical skills across diverse media and disciplines. Students are provided large studios and financial support enabling plentiful space and time to explore, challenge, and refine creative practices.

The studio art MFA program at UNC-Chapel Hill is a site of synthesis, where ideas from any discipline can find their way into artistic practice, giving students the flexibility to take a wide range of courses throughout the university to encourage interdisciplinary.

Graduate Program Overview
Competitive teaching fellowships and assistantships allow students to gain classroom experience and close mentorship by faculty.

Extensive tuition fellowships, stipends and assistantships are available to applicants.

Studio facilities include two Mac digital labs with access to two RED™ cameras; a photography studio with drum scanner, 44” digital printer and analog mural darkroom; complete steel fabrication shop with 3D CAD /CAM router, large format laser cutter, and full printmaking, sculpture, and photography facilities. Students have access to UNC's vast campus resources and facilities.

UNC Chapel Hill is uniquely situated in the triangle region in North Carolina, providing both the focused time to concentrate in the studio, as as well as great resources that include downtown Durham and Raleigh.

Hanes Visiting Artist Program
The MFA Program benefits from a robust visiting artist program. Through this program, students receive individual studio visits and critiques from visiting artists, scholars, and critics, fostering a deep engagement in critical discourse, broadening the theoretical, conceptual, and historical scope of their practice. Recent and upcoming visiting artists and critics include:

Jon Kessler
Dana Schutz
Ruben Ochoa
Stephen Vitiello
Robert Storr
James Elkins
Clifford Owens
Lauren Cornell
Shannon Ebner
Kerry Tribe
Mendi + Keith Obadike
Shana Moulton

Grants, Fellowships, and Teaching Positions
Recent graduate students from our program have won three Joan Mitchell Grants, three International Sculpture Center Awards, a Franklin Furnace Grant, two AAF Prize for Fine Arts in Austria, and a prestigious Dedalus Foundation Fellowship. Former MFA graduates are currently teaching in tenure-track positions at the City College of New York, Notre Dame University, Alfred University, Syracuse University and Auburn University.


Applications must be received by January 15 for Fall 2014 admission.
All Graduate applicants are required to complete the online application form available at the following link:

Contact us

Roxana Perez-Mendez
Director of Graduate Studies
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Department of Art

Hanes Art Center, 115 South Columbia Street

CB# 3405
 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3405
Phone: 919/962-2015

Fax: 919/962-0722

Email: unc-chartdept@unc.edu