Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan

MFA Program

The two-year MFA curriculum at the Stamps School integrates creative production with rigorous academic studies, international study with regional community engagement, and theoretical grounding with skills development. It is structured to expand the intellectual reach of creative work and utilize a comprehensive process for bringing creative work into the world.  

Students conduct their creative work in spacious, fully equipped studios in an outstanding university community with a culturally and resource rich environment. The Stamps School offers generous merit-based financial support to graduate students, from stipends and discretionary funds that offset studio expenses to teaching/research assistantships and full tuition waivers. 

In addition to studio work, all graduate students are required to reach beyond the cultures of art and design to develop robust engagements with one or more fields of knowledge and inquiry at the University of Michigan.  Students are expected to carry out creative work informed by and interacting with the additional field of inquiry.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to thrive in a variety of public and private roles and become cultural leaders in a rapidly changing global culture.


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