MFA Curriculum-School of Art - Carnegie Mellon University

MFA Curriculum

While the School of Art is the cultural home base of the MFA Program, the degree is designed to connect art-making to both the university and greater Pittsburgh communities.

The MFA curriculum is structured on a foundation of Seminars and Individual Studio practice with School of Art or University electives to encourage interdisciplinary study and supplement the art practice. Experimentation during the first part of the program is expected to develop into integrated activity during the final phase of the program.

  • The first year is dominated by structured course work 
  • The second year is a mix of structured and independent work 
  • The third year is characterized by independent work culminating in an exhibition and thesis paper


Individual Studio

Academic Seminar

Integrative Seminar

Contextual Practice

Writing Seminar

Art Studio Option

University Elective