Guided by the belief that artists perform an essential role in society, the MFA in Fine Arts program provides a dynamic, challenging environment in which students develop diverse studio-based practices and pursue interdisciplinary scholarship. Students come from many backgrounds and cultures and work in media including painting, drawing, sculpture, video, performance, digital media, installation, and photography.
Explore the MFA Fine Arts community to see what students, faculty, and alumni are doing in NYC and around the world at amt.parsons.edu/finearts. This program is part of Parsons' School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT).
The program curriculum centers on one-on-one studio visits, group critiques, critical theory seminars, personalized classes, and writing and research for studio practice, as well as professional practice seminars. Graduate-level academic classes across the university expose students to global contemporary discourse on art and develop their critical abilities. Students can also add a graduate-level minor to their studies. Students interact with visiting artists of varied practices and cultural orientations. Recent visitors include Javier Tellez, Tschabalala Self, Laura Ortman, Carlos Motta, Derrick Adams, Nicole Eisenman, and Alfredo Jaar. Prominent contemporary art curators guide students in preparing
for their thesis exhibitions.
Parsons’ industry and alumni connections yield abundant opportunities for collaboration and exhibition. Students have presented their work at the Pulse Art Fair, The Kitchen, and Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney and have held
residencies at Skowhegan Institute, MASS MoCA, and other institutions. MFA Fine Arts is housed in Parsons’ School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT), alongside the Communication Design, Design and Technology, Illustration, and Photography programs. Shared faculty and collaborative
projects allow students to explore the connections between art, technology, design, and social critique. Students can also draw on the extensive resources of The New School, a progressive urban university with a tradition of civic engagement and renowned
graduate programs in the social sciences, media studies, and urban studies.
You graduate prepared for careers in fine art, arts administration, curatorship, museum management, art criticism, and teaching.
The Master of Fine Arts degree is awarded for completion of 60 credits. A maximum of six credits of graduate-level liberal arts coursework can be transferred from another institution. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and
fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.
The application deadline is January 2. To be most competitive for admission and merit scholarship consideration, please apply before the deadline. We will continue to review applications submitted after the deadline pending space availability in the
program. The Admission Committee will make a decision on your application only after all the required materials have been received. Spring term admission is not offered for this program.
Financial Aid Deadline
Merit Scholarships: All admitted students are considered for merit scholarship awards determined by the strength of their applications. International students are eligible only for merit scholarships.
Federal Student Aid: If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found at
www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is available each year on October 1. The New School’s federal school code is 002780. You do not need to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal
aid. Submit your FAFSA by our February 1 FAFSA Priority Deadline.
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Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an
Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.
See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.
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