Creative Visual Arts M.F.A. (Ithaca)
Field of Study
The Master of Fine Arts program requires four terms of residence with a minimum of sixty credits; it is intended for those who want to further their education as artists. Candidates must earn at least twelve credits for academic work outside the Department of Art.
Every M.F.A. candidate must (1) prepare a written statement, (2) offer a thesis exhibition of studio work completed during residency, and (3) give an oral defense of the written statement and exhibition. The written statement may deal with the major concerns of the student's own work or with some aesthetic or historical issue in art. The oral defense of the written statement is presented at the time of the thesis exhibition.
The art facilities are housed in buildings that are open twenty-four hours a day and are located near the Fine Arts Library (about 140,000 volumes) and the university's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.
There are private graduate studios located in the Centre for Graduate Studies in Art/Foundry building, a 45 x 180 foot converted building with 14 foot ceilings that includes work and critique spaces.
Print Media located in Tjaden Hall includes relief, intaglio, lithography, serigraphy, and various photographic processes. Also includes etching presses, lithographic presses, and proof presses.
Photography located in Tjaden Hall includes processes such as black and white, color, non-silver, and large-format.
Sculpture is located in the Foundry and includes a bronze casting facility, complete gas-and arc-welding facilities, heavy-duty grinders, a drill press, a band saw, and a variety of portable power tools.
MFA students share AAP College production facilities in Rand, Sibley and Tjaden Halls.
Detailed academic requirements can be located in the graduate field handbook.
Contact InformationWebsite: https://aap.cornell.edu/academics/art/graduate
Phone: 607 255-6730
235 Sibley Dome
Ithaca, NY 14853
Concentrations by Subject
- studio art
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Fall, January 14; no spring admission
Applicants to the Master of Fine Arts program must submit a portfolio of visual materials. Details regarding content and submission can be found here.
- Graduate School requirements
- GRE scores are not required for admission to the M.F.A. program. Applicants who have already taken the GRE are welcome to submit scores with the application.
- The TOEFL or IELTS exam is required for non-native English applicants.
- TOEFL (iBT): The Graduate School’s official minimum sub-scores for each element of the TOEFL iBT are: Speaking: 22, Reading 20, Listening 15, Writing 20
- IELTS: The Graduate School requires an overall band score of a 7.0 or higher on the IELTS Academic exam.
The English language proficiency requirement may be waived if the applicant meets at least one of these criteria:
- is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, or a citizen of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Canada (except Quebec). Applicants who are citizens of India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc. are not exempt from the requirement.
- at the time you enroll at Cornell, you will have studied in full-time status for at least two academic years within the last five years in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand, or with English language instruction in Canada or South Africa. Even if English was the language of instruction at your school, if you did not study in one of these countries you are not exempt from the requirement. You must submit a transcript that shows you attended college in one of the approved locations, and that your academic program was at least two years in length.
For a complete list of application requirements please visit the M.F.A. admissions webpage.
Students will cultivate and develop unique and individual ideas appropriate for expressions in various studio/post-studio forms and demonstrate comprehensive technical knowledge and skills in their area of practice becoming competent and reflective practitioners.
Students will exercise professional standards in their understanding of theoretical, art historical and contemporary issues in the visual arts appropriate to their creative practice, as demonstrated in ongoing written and oral discourse.
Students will refine general professional skills supportive of their studio/post-studio practice, such as research, presentation and exhibition.