Master of Fine ArtsVisual Arts

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Graduate Visual Arts ProgramWhy Choose Our program?

At Jacksonville University, our MFA in Visual Arts program will challenge you, immerse you in new knowledge and skills, expand on what you already know, help fine-tune your creative energies into artistic skills, and prepare you to take the next step in your career as a professional. With highly qualified faculty and ample studio space, Jacksonville University’s MFA in Visual Arts could be the perfect fit for you and your artistic needs.


Applications for Fall 2025 will open August 1, 2024.

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Fine-Tune Your Creative Energies

JU's Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts helps you fine-tune your artistic abilities and supports you on your creative journey. 

This program:

  • The online delivery method enables active working artists to advance creative practice within a supportive academic community. The program includes a two-week “bootcamp” in the summer sessions that are strategically located as an immersive kick starter.  This format is designed for working artists who prefer greater flexibility in course work without required travel to Jacksonville. 
  • Studios on Jacksonville University campus are available upon request during the summer sessions. 
  • Offers a 2-year or 3-rotation
  • Consists of only 10 students in the cohort model
  • Is one of only a few programs in the southeast and is cost-competitive
  • Has a military resource center for students using VA benefits
  • Students are often eligible for tuition reimbursement to help cover program costs through their workplace
Online OptionsJU is one of the few institutions that offers low-residency and no-residency options to students in this field.
Terminal DegreeA Master of Fine Arts is the one of the highest degree you can earn in the field of Visual Arts.
Flexible Timetable2-year and 3-year course plans are available, so students can choose the pace that works best for their schedules.
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About Our Program


Jacksonville University’s MFA allows you to practice any medium of your choice or a path of interdisciplinary studies, including but not limited to:

  • Animation
  • Ceramics
  • Film
  • Glass
  • Illustration
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Visual and Graphic Design

Residency Options

JU offers students two residency options.

  • Low-Residency: Completely online, with a four-week summer residency that includes a two-week summer bootcamp in JU's state-of-the-art facilities
    • This is a great option for teachers, whose schedules allow them to be available for residency in the summer
  • No-Residency: Completely online, with a virtual option during the residency
    • This allows you to keep working in your career, with no interruptions
The 2023 summer residency will be held from June 26-July 28. Students will have the opportunity to complete the intensive in a flexible, asynchronous format that is conveniently designed for their schedules, except for a two-week Bootcamp taking place from July 10-21. Students will have the option to attend the Bootcamp in-person at Jacksonville University's Arlington campus or stream into the intensive courses online. Since this Bootcamp will only be offered synchronously, please be advised that students will need to be available to participate in the scheduled intensive courses during EST business hours.

Career Outcomes

The MFA in Visual Arts can prepare you for a wide variety of careers. Many of our students go on to teach for colleges and universities. Some of our recent graduates have also gone on to work as museum curators, practicing artists, nonprofit arts programmers, and educators at the K-12 level. 

AdmissionsHow to Apply

Applications for Summer 2024 are now open

For additional questions, further information, please contact the Admissions Counselor, James Demps, at

  • A bachelor's degree in art or a related field. is required. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in a subject other than art or a related field would be required to show significant professional experience on their application.
  • Complete the online JU application
  • Official transcripts of academic work from all institutions attended
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Artist's Statement (This should include artistic goals for the period of study)
  • Portfolio (2-10 representations of your work)
Artist Jessie Leasure in her studio

"I have always felt like I was part of a tightly knit community. The professors have gone above and beyond, not only to support me during a difficult year but also help me cultivate my own artistic vision and strengths. I have grown professionally, artistically, and intellectually through the education offered by the JU program."

-Jessie LeasureCurrent MFA student and Visual Arts Teacher:

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Contact Information Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts & Humanities

Phone: (904) 256-7000

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