Art, M.A. (studio art)

Recommended deadline

Rolling admission

Next start date

May 21, 2018

Cost per credit hour


Credit hours


Art is as individual as the artist. As a student in the program you will have the opportunity to study a variety of media. Throughout the program, you will work closely with a faculty member who will also serve as your mentor.

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What you will study: 

You will have the opportunity for in-depth study of ceramics, drawing, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture while gaining a greater understanding of the latest developments in art theory, history and criticism.

  • ART 553 - Twentieth Century Art, credit: 3
  • ART 558 - Native North American Indian Art and Architecture, credit: 3
  • ART 500 - Graduate Studio, credit: 3
  • ART 510 - Graduate Drawing, credit: 3

Read full curriculum in the 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog.

Oswego's program allowed me expand my portfolio by addressing design briefs and presenting full case studies. I especially appreciated the flexibility to explore the craft I wanted to expand, while also pushing me to incorporate new mediums and ideas.
Lily Choi, '15 M'17

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Learning outcomes: 

Our program ensures that graduates have the opportunity to develop their art making to a highly professional level within an academic environment. Throughout your education, you will work closely with a faculty member who will also serve as your mentor. Many graduates of our program have been accepted in esteemed MFA programs.

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Admission Requirements: 
Official transcript
Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.
Submit eight to ten samples of your design work as digital files in your area of interest including an annotated list providing the title, date of the work and describing the context and your role in the project. (Accepted file types: PDF, JPEG, Vimeo or YouTube)
Purpose statement
Indicate your purpose for applying to SUNY Oswego for graduate education. What inspired you to apply? How will this impact your life? Identify any particular interests within the program area, discuss your future career goals, and provide any additional information which may be of help in evaluating your application.
Include a professional resume or CV that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.
Two letters of recommendation
Indicate two names with valid email addresses. An email request will be sent directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities.
Application fee
Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.