Advising-School of Art - Carnegie Mellon University

MFA Academic Advising

Students work closely with faculty advisors in all three years of the program to help develop a body of work and written/analytical works that culminate in a final thesis exhibition and paper.

First & Second Year Students

A single faculty advisor is assigned for each student in their first semester. Thereafter students select 2 art faculty advisors per semester. Requests are given preference in order of seniority, from third, to second, to first year. Over the three year program this allows students to work closely with a number of mentors and to benefit from a range of perspectives and expertise.

Third Year Students

The third and final year, each student selects a member of the art faulty as a primary advisor. In consultation with this advisor, who becomes the advisory chair, the student also selects three additional advisors for their four-person MFA Project Advisory Committee: a second member of the art faculty and a member of the university faculty form the student's university affiliate department and/or an outside advisor with relevant professional experience. The Project Advisory Committee guides the student through the final year’s thesis and artwork, critiques the final summary exhibition and approves the thesis.


Course registration:
Keni Jefferson, MFA & Admissions Coordinator, 412.268.8001

Academic and studio advising will be done on a 1-to-1 basis with faculty advisors.