Master of Fine Arts

Master of Fine Arts at the School of Design

Thank you for your interest in our graduate programs at Louisiana Tech University. Graduate students in the School of Design’s Master of Fine Arts program will work towards 60 hours in any of the three areas: Graphic Design, Photography, and Studio. Within these areas, students are involved in various disciplines such as painting, traditional and digital photography, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, multimedia, and graphic design. Students are asked to consider the ramifications of their work on a local, social, and universal level. Emphasis is placed on individual studio work. Because of this emphasis, each student is given a private studio. Most of the graduate experience revolves around this practice. Students are encouraged to explore critical and conceptual issues, especially in relation to their own work. Students participate in individual critiques, intensive group critiques, and critical seminars. The scale of our graduate program allows for one on one interaction between faculty and students.

The qualified candidate will possess a BFA (or minimum of a BA) in their chosen field of study. Graduate admission is conducted through the School of Design and is extremely competitive. With fields of study in Graphic Design, Photography, and Studio (painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking), the School of Design attracts applicants searching for an innovative interdisciplinary program. The Graduate Committee in the School of Design selects applicants based on creative work, academic record, life experiences, statement, and understanding of the program. Approximately five students are admitted each year.

Ruston, Louisiana is a great location for graduate study. This rural city is close to top museums in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, New Orleans, Little Rock, and Jackson. Housing is affordable and the cost of living is low.

For Information about the MFA Program

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Deadlines for admission is February 1st (fall quarter) to be considered for Assistantships, *this is the application receipt deadline, not postmark deadlines. May 1st is deadline for fall quarter without assistantship. There is no summer admission. Do not contact the School for application status. Applications are accepted online for the School of Design here

Documents of Importance

Capstone & Exhibition Requirements


Private studios are available, with unlimited hours for all students. Students are required to have a laptop computer. Students have opportunities to exhibit their work in a gallery associated with the department and the institution, and in a graduate thesis exhibition.