Department of Art Graduate Program

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art is an interdisciplinary program for students interested in developing a serious and engaged art practice. Here you’ll be challenged by new methods of experimentation, gain a critical understanding of historical and contemporary contexts, and pursue an informed, independent practice, specific to your intentions and sensibilities.

Working within and across our media areas, the curriculum combines the best of both disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary thinking. Students have contact with faculty members through graduate reviews, independent mentorship, and interdisciplinary course work.

artwork: black scuplture and fabric wall art

artwork: scuplture and paintings

The Student Experience: MFA Program

The MFA program is a three-year period of rigorous studio investigation, critical discourse, and conceptual development. Emphasis is given to developing a course of study tailored to the needs of the individual student, while encouraging exploration and risk-taking. The program supports a thorough engagement with the processes and principles fundamental to the discipline, as well as an informed awareness of issues and practices within the larger art community. Developing fluency in critical discourse, analysis, and writing are important parts of the MFA program, which culminates in a yearlong terminal project and group thesis exhibition at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon.

Degree Requirements

MFA Exhibitions

MFA work

MFA exhibitions mark the culmination of three years of rigorous studio investigation and critical discourse. Artists engage a wide breadth of art making practices that build on and challenge the histories of painting, sculpture, photography, print media, craft and digital practices.


Explore MFA Exhibitions

artwork on display

artwork on display

Engaged Faculty

As practicing professionals, the Department of Art faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized artists with active exhibition and publication records. Each one is committed to both practice and teaching. Through seminars, critique colloquia, studios, and independent mentorship, students interact with an inspiring and diverse faculty. Enhancing that discourse, an active Visiting Artist Program brings a broad range of innovative artists and critics to campus.

Creative, Collaborative Community

Approximately 30 students constitute a tight-knit community of MFA candidates. MFAs have frequent contact with professionally active faculty members, nationally and internationally recognized visiting artists, critics, and curators. Working intensively in independent studios on the Eugene campus, students benefit from the context of a world-class research university.


artwork on display


The Department of Art provides generous funding for MFA Candidates during their three years of study. All students in good standing are given free tuition through a combination of Graduate Employee Fellowship support and tuition remissions. A GE fellowship provides the opportunity to teach and results in a tuition waiver, stipend, and insurance coverage. Additionally, the Department of Art offers yearly competitive scholarships for all students.

Let us show you around

We encourage applicants to visit the facilities and meet the faculty members. We offer tours during most of the year.

Alumni Spotlight

Sarah Mikenis Art

Sarah Mikenis (MFA,’16) is making a name for herself in contemporary painting with canvases that are luxe, large-format, and often three-dimensional. The lauded art magazine Juxtapoz recently featured the artist’s “compelling” oil paintings, which are inspired partly by the location of her studio in the fabric mecca that is the Los Angeles Fashion District. “I’m determined to live a full life as an artist,’ Mikenis said. 

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Student Work


Emily Crabtree | Cancel the Plan | MFA Thesis Exhibition 

exhibit using white string

Sarah Nance | (I missed you) for twenty-nine years | MFA Thesis Exhibition

Our Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

The University of Oregon is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization made up of more than 60 leading public and private research institutions in the United States and Canada.