Make Your Mark MFA in Visual Arts

Our two-year program, taught by internationally celebrated artists, will connect artists across all mediums and disciplines.

Expand your reach.

At JU, we are committed to working artists who want to advance their careers and broaden their perspectives.

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JU’s MFA in Visual Arts is one of only a few low residency MFA programs including:

  • animation
  • digital media
  • drawing
  • film
  • glass
  • painting
  • photography
  • printmaking
  • sculpture
  • installation
  • performance
  • video art

The MFA is considered a terminal degree in studio art that help students:

  • develop their professional practice
  • teach at a college or university
  • achieve promotion or advancement as educators
  • start a career as a non-profit arts programmer

*Our program is cost competitive and only 10 students per year are accepted.

JU Students Working
Students learning at computers for their MFA


Our low residency format is developed with the working artist in mind:

  • two-year program
  • annual four-week summer intensive residency on the JU campus
  • hybrid/distance instruction
  • one-on-one faculty advisor
  • 60-credit hours

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Fragmented Me, collage by marie Hoskar
"The first week of our residency was so unexpected—well organized and immediately drawing our group into the forefront of the newest art trends. It was the epitome of bonding, laughing, creating, meshing with an internationally known artist, and so much more! The program gave me a new confidence in the search for my own voice."

- M. Joi Hosker, MFA Class 0f 2015
Fragmented Me, 18 x 24" mixed media collage by M. Joi Hoskar

Special Agent, painting by Tawan Chester
"The information contained within the program filled the gaps left by my previous educational experiences. The low-residency aspect was an added bonus, allowing for international diversity. While continuing to work professionally in different locations around the world, my Cohort collaborated extremely well together."

- Tawan Chester
Special Agent, painting by Tawan Chester